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Album Review

Bob Hope was a credible crooner in addition to being the favorite comic of several U.S. presidents, and Thanks for the Memories compiles his Decca recordings from 1938-1957. All are duets that tie in with his motion pictures, with the exception of "Penthouse Serenade," a stand-alone duet with his frequent co-star, Shirley Ross. Ross and Bing Crosby are Hope's singing partners on every track except "The Boys with the Proboscis," a duet with Jimmy Durante that pokes fun at the two comedians' most distinctive facial feature. Peggy Lee, too, pops up with Hope and Crosby on "Merry-Go-Runaround." "Two Sleepy People" and "Road to Morocco" were charting pop hits, and "Thanks for the Memories" served as Hope's personal theme song. As a rule, Hope's duets with Shirley Ross are romantic tunes on which he croons straightforwardly, while his efforts with Bing Crosby are humorous songs full of playful banter and spoken asides. Most of the songs are taken from Hope and Crosby's popular road movies, and previously unreleased alternate takes of "Put It There Pal" and "Road to Morocco" pad out what would otherwise be less than 30 minutes of material. The latter performance finds Crosby and Hope catching a case of the giggles in the middle but soldiering through to the end. It's hard to imagine Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis — or even Red Foley and Ernest Tubb — having recorded their classic comedy songs without the precedent of Hope and Crosby.

Customer Reviews

A holiday from cussing, yelling and politics

Bob Hope's face should be in the dictionary next to "entertaining." While he managed to live an incredible 100 years, it is as if he crunched that many years of touring, movie-making and jokes into a prolific 50+ years of active showmanship. His manner and comic timing has kept several generations of comedic actors in business (they stole from him, he mastered what he took from the likes of Charlie Chaplin and his fellow vaudevillians when he was a child performer). The language is clean, while the comedic implication of what was said quite often was far from it. That was the artistry of clean humor for the likes of Bob Hope - it wasn't what you said, but how you played it against your cohorts and your situation. Certainly there are actors as funny, comedians as hilarious, but few as long-standing and universal. All that, plus his love of performing for troops during at least four wars (WW II to 1991 Gulf War) makes him someone that people know the world over. As we remember people like Shakespeare for their writing, and Van Gogh for his painting, Bob Hope will be remembered for his entertaining 500 years on. That does not make him worth listening to, but he was so fun to listen to, it makes him worth listening to and watching, still. If you have never heard Bob Hope, then short of some time period references, you'll enjoy every bit of the humor (unless all you find funny are fart jokes and loud cussing). If you have a fan to listen to it with, you'll realize that Hope -- and I think Burns and Allen, too -- are among the silliest comedy recordings ever. And when Hope started, decent audio recording was quite new. Yet, time after time, he was not just up there trying to be funny to a half-interested crowd, he was hilarious. For many decades.

Not All

I'm a big Bob Hope fan. He's really entertaining and talented and he's not a bad singer either. But when the summary says that this cd contains all of his duets, thats simply not true. A good one that it doesn't have is Captain Custard with Bing Crosby from Road to Singapore. I love these songs but I would look elsewhere for a complete collection.


Don't you just love Bob Hope? I think he's so cute and funny. I am a huge fan of Hope's. This CD is also pretty good. All the cuteness of Bob Hopes in songs. :)


Genre: Comedy

The facts surrounding the multi-decade, multi-generational success of Bob Hope are irrefutable. He was a resounding success -- a true star -- on the Broadway stage, in movies, on radio, and television, staying with NBC in the latter two ventures for over half-a-century. He appeared in over 70 movies in a film career that spanned four decades. He logged over six million miles entertaining troops in both war and peace time, becoming a goodwill ambassador to every country he traveled to. He became an...
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