Today's item reminded me of my dad, who, among other things was a gifted singer with an impeccable ear for music; he taught himself to play the trumpet, (Coronet). He was a regular in the local minstrel shows and musicals. Growing up in my house was like living with Bing Crosby, Dean Martin, and Tony Bennett. Which is why today many of my favorite songs were first heard when sung by dad. Dean Martin was and is the singer I try to emulate when ever I belt out a song, which is quite often.
In 1928 my dad was 8 years old. That was the year on this day, the 11th of January,that Bing Crosby recorded "Ol' Man River."
Bing Crosby, one of the most celebrated crooners of all time, recorded the hit song "Ol' Man River" from the musical Showboat with Paul Whiteman and his orchestra .
I have a record in my collection of my father singing "Ol' Man River." Dad was probably in his late twenties or early thirties then.
Personally I think he did a better job than Bing. ;)