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Of the many musical genres Bing Crosby tackled, he probably felt closest to the Irish songs, many of which he must have heard when he was growing up in an Irish-American home. Crosby recorded 25 Irish-themed songs between 1940 and 1952, both traditional and newly written, and they appeared originally on singles, including the gold-selling Top Ten hits "Too-Ra-Loo-Ra-Loo-Ral (That's an Irish Lullaby)," "MacNamara's Band," and "Galway Bay." In the LP era, the songs were gathered onto two albums, When Irish Eyes Are Smiling and Shillelaghs and Shamrocks, the latter becoming a best-seller in 1958. Top o' the Morning: His Irish Collection, a 24-track, 72-plus-minute disc, contains the contents of both those albums, the rarity "Rosaleen," and the original recording of "Too-Ra-Loo-Ra-Loo-Ral," unissued since the 1944 single. Within the Irish context, there are warm ballads and sprightly marches, and Crosby handles them all with ease.

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Top O' The Morning / His Irish Collection Bing Crosby

How can you not love "Who Threw the Overalls in Mrs. Murphy's Chowder?" It's a song about people getting crazy mad about pants in the chowder. This collection also includes the classics, "MacNamara's Band," "With My Shillelagh Under My Arm," and "Did Your Mother Come From Ireland." Everyone should own this collection. Bing has never been equalled vocally before or since. I listen to Rock-N-Roll, but if I listen to old music, I choose Bing every time.

Top O' The Morning

I have been listening to Bing on 78's, his radio shows, and TV shows and many Christmases. I was pleasantly surprised to hear the quality of these old songs. I loved the album.

yay for bing!

Bing is one of my favorite artists and im a 14 year old girl. Most people i know have never heard of him. happy st pats!


Genre: Classics

Bing Crosby was, without doubt, the most popular and influential media star of the first half of the 20th century. The undisputed best-selling artist until well into the rock era (with over half a billion records in circulation), the most popular radio star of all time, and the biggest box-office draw of the 1940s, Crosby dominated the entertainment world from the Depression until the mid-'50s, and proved just as influential as he was popular. Unlike the many vocal artists before him, Crosby grew...
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