In the Studio #10
When Legends Gather #493

Eddie Condon, Bing Crosby and Alan Lomax


Who Am Us Anyway? said...

Wow. Now those are three guys I truly never would have imagined getting together in the studio: (1) A really fine jazz guitarist who played with among others Louis Armstrong; (2) Mr. buh-buh-buh-buh-boo himself (and I like the Bing fine; don’t get me wrong); and then (3) parked there on the floor to witness it all, the legendary folk music anthologist of Woody Guthrie et al. Man. That's just a great picture.

estiv said...

"Who Am Us Anyway?" pretty much said it. All I can add is: wow.

Robert Fiore said...

Where does Lomax dig up these hillbillies . . .

He Who How Was Isn't said...

Oh, my.
Don't start me talkin'...
How remarkable, how amazing is revisionism, (and how cantographic a publicist!) that your commentfolk have flipped the negative.

Tom Sutpen said...

Who Am Us Anyway:

I'm pretty sure Crosby and Condon worked together more than once; added to which, Bing Crosby could be a phenomenal Jazz singer whenever he aimed his pipes in that direction. I don't know the circumstances of this photo, but Lomax produced a number of radio broadcasts in the 40s, and it could be a rehearsal for one of them.


This is where I become absolutely shameless; particularly when I know they your query is more sardonic than anything else. Btu . . . if you really want to know where he dug up them hill folk, then looky here!

Hw Who How Was Isn't:

Aw, I don't think anyone was really bein' negative. I'm sure the foregoing commenters have much love for Condon, Crosby and Lomax. It's simply that one would expect to see Lomax photographed with the likes of Pete Seeger or Jelly Roll Morton rather than Der Bingle.

Tom Sutpen said...

Looks like the link didn't work, dammit. So here 'tis again:

swac said...

Could be a radio rehearsal. I doubt if it was a recording Bing would be parked right by a door like that, although the mic is clearly property of Decca Records. But there's no reason why the couldn't rehearse at Decca before heading to the broadcast studio.

Who Am Us Anyway? said...

Tom Sutpen said I'm pretty sure Crosby and Condon worked together more than once; added to which, Bing Crosby could be a phenomenal Jazz singer …

Note to self: Never doubt Mr. Sutpen. To wit: Bing Crosby & Some Jazz Friends CD:

“This is one of the hidden classics in Bing Crosby's discography ... BING CROSBY & SOME JAZZ FRIENDS collects work the great vocalist did in the 1930s with such legendary musicians as Louis Jordan, Lionel Hampton, Woody Herman, and Louis Armstrong.” Tracks include:

1. Your Socks Don't Match - (with Louis Jordan)
2. My Baby Said Yes - (with Louis Jordan)
3. Basin Street Blues - (with Connee Boswell)
4. Yes, Indeed! - (with Connee Boswell)
5. Someday, Sweetheart - (with Joe Sullivan/Bobby Sherwood)
6. Moonburn - (with Joe Sullivan/Bobby Sherwood)
7. Pennies From Heaven - (with Louis Armstrong/Jimmy Dorsey)
8. Waiter and the Porter and the Upstairs Maid, The - (with Jack Teagarden)
9. Birth of the Blues, The - (with Jack Teagarden)
10. Blue (And Broken Hearted) - (with Eddie Condon)
11. After You've Gone (Alternate Version) - (with Eddie Condon)
12. After You've Gone - (with Eddie Condon)
13. Personality - (with Eddie Condon)
14. Pinetop's Boogie Woogie - (with Lionel Hampton)
15. On the Sunny Side of the Street - (with Lionel Hampton)
16. I Still Suits Me - (with Lee Wiley)
17. I Ain't Got Nobody - (with Woody Herman)
18. Deep in the Heart of Texas (With Woody Herman)
19. When My Dreamboat Comes Home - (with Bob Crosby)
20. Gone Fishin' - (with Louis Armstrong)

This baby is now way up on my wish list. (Thanks, Tom!)

swac said...

I have that Bing disc, it's a great one. There's a great outtake from one of those sessions where Bing stops the band and admonishes the pianist, saying, "This time, take the boxing gloves off before you play."