Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Worth 1,000 Words: BING CROSBY, RANDOLPH SCOTT & ??


ENJOYING A DAY on the links, these four show business pals seem to be in pretty good spirits. (Well, ONE of them looks happy.) Taken in the mid to late 1930's (estimated), the photo should be labeled "worth 500 words," because only two of the foursome are identifiable to yours truly. For sure it is RANDOLPH SCOTT (Jan. 23-1898-March 2, 1987), second from left, with BING CROSBY (May 3, 1903-Oct. 14, 1977) to his left.

But WHO are the two guys flanking Crosby and Scott? The back of this rare photo says, "Bing and Randolph + 2 songwriters." I am pretty sure that is not Irving Berlin to the far right, but then again.... Anyone who knows the two composers' names, please let me know either by e-mail or the comment tab below. If you know the location and date, please pass along that info too. I have had this picture for about 15 years, and still don't know all the names involved. Let's all play...NAME THOSE TUNESMITHS! [from Steve Crum's show biz memorabilia collection]
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UPDATE: Since posting, several names have been suggested as to the identities, including Jimmy Van Heusen (far left) and Johnny Burke (far right). It would be a logical assumption since the two collaborated on many songs introduced by Crosby. If so, that would date the photo 1940 or beyond, since the two composers teamed in '40. However, available photos of Burke and Van Heusen are from much later, making a physical match nearly impossible. Irving Berlin and Harry Warren have also been named as the unknowns. Yet again, could the two mystery men be professional golfers instead of songwriters? This spot is still open for endorsements or differing opinions.
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Enjoy this terrific clip of Bing in duet with Bette Midler, 1977: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z45EB4TiYz4

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