"There for each other" - Clooney, Crosby & Hope
“God!” Hope blurts, eyeing me suspiciously. “Where'd you get that?” rivalry in Hope's tone when he details his relationship with his brothers. . By the time he and Bing Crosby made the first of their celebrated Road pictures. But the relationship between Bing Crosby, Bob Hope and Rosemary .. to Bing, but Rosie and I looked at each other and said, 'Oh my God!'". The simulation of that brotherly relationship turns out to be an artistic (How well Hope and Crosby would have played Sir Toby and Sir.
Did he just nod off? Is he not seeing what I'm seeing? Seriously, we passed a bus with the phrase "I am sorry" painted on the front. As copilot a self-assigned titleI harness my powers of concentration and focus on the road, pumping my imaginary brake and clenching my jaw, because this is clearly helping Simon drive safer.
An hour will pass before we actually slip out of the chokehold of Kampala traffic and onto Gulu road. That's not an official name. Again, no street signs. Gulu road is just two lanes that run north and south. The actual road starts off in excellent condition - quality blacktop that frankly outpaces any Oklahoma highway. We hit construction soon, and the problems emerge. First, no cones, no barriers, only a few flagmen. To keep people from driving on the unfinished roads, they put sizable rocks, like land mines, across the smooth surface.
Sure, you can drive on it, but be prepared to dislodge a small boulder from your muffler. The further north we drive, the more the landscape flattens.
The valleys near Kampala give way to the savannah of the north.
The landscape is still lush and green. In the swampy lowlands, bulrushes papyrus pop up in vast fields. They stand about 8 feet tall and resemble oversized dandelions.
I envision the motion of our passing van stirring a cloud of giant puffy seedlings. The shoulders of Gulu road are constantly filled with pedestrians, usually carrying the standard yellow jerry cans for water, fruit or anything else you can imagine. Every mile of the road, someone is there - walking and carrying. We pass several small communities, all of which seem to fall from the mold. The thick vegetation that borders the road clears, and a series of one-story buildings line the road for a few miles.
They remind me of shops along a main street in an Old West town - interconnected porches with a few windows facing the front. They are building billboards. In every town, several buildings have the trademark "Airtel" red and white. From - he was in the top 10 box office champions 15 times, coming in at number 1 for five of those years. Famous for his laid back style, he was more than just a lazy crooner. His personality was casual and comfortable, but there was an edge to him.
He was not above doing something a little underhanded to get that leading lady at the end of the film. Like many singers, he was a very good actor. Light comedy was cake to him and he could also handle the heavier dramatic stuff with his customary ease. But it took the hook up with a wise-cracking golf buddy to create one of the most successful comedy teams in movie history.
When Paramount decided to cast them in a film called "The Road To Singapore," originally slated to star Fred MacMurray and Jack Oakie, the magic of their personal friendship came to life on the screen and spawned a series of "Road" pictures staring the two pals. The plots of all of the succeeding "Road" pictures were similar: Bing and Bob are con artists looking to cash in, with Bing being a slightly smarter bulb than Bob.
Both are not above double crossing the other in order the get the money and the girl, trouble ensures, hilarity erupts and all is well at the end, with the boys narrowly escaping disaster. What makes these films so delicious is the seemingly add-libbed comments, the great drop-ins by other stars, lots of "inside" jokes, Hope's breaking of the fourth wall to address the audience, and the obvious affection the two stars have for one another.
Their duet was released in as a single rpm record and reached No.Bing Crosby & Bob Hope: The Cameos
At the end of the 20th century, TV Guide listed the Crosby-Bowie duet one of the 25 most memorable musical moments of 20th-century television. Singing style and vocal characteristics[ edit ] Crosby in a s publicity photo Crosby was one of the first singers to exploit the intimacy of the microphone rather than use the deep, loud vaudeville style associated with Al Jolson.
Crosby and Armstrong remained friends for decades.
During the early portion of his solo career about —Crosby's emotional, often pleading style of crooning was popular. But Jack Kapp, manager of Brunswick and later Decca, talked him into dropping many of his jazzier mannerisms in favor of a clear vocal style. Crosby credited Kapp for choosing hit songs, working with many other musicians, and most importantly, diversifying his repertoire into several styles and genres.
Kapp helped Crosby have number one hits in Christmas musicHawaiianand country musicand top-thirty hits in Irish musicFrench musicrhythm and bluesand ballads. All that matters to him is the words, and that's the only thing that ought to for you, too.
From the mids, Bing was more comfortable in a bass range while maintaining a baritone quality, with the best octave being G to G, or even F to F. In a recording he made of ' Dardanella ' with Louis Armstrong inhe attacks lightly and easily on a low E flat.
This is lower than most opera basses care to venture, and they tend to sound as if they were in the cellar when they get there.
Billboard magazine used different methodologies during his career. But his chart success remains impressive: He had 24 separate popular singles in alone. He may have been the best selling recording artist with up to 1 billion units sold. A survey in found that with 1,, movie tickets sold, Crosby was the third most popular actor of all time, behind Clark Gable 1,, and John Wayne 1,, The Recording Industry Association of America did not institute its gold record certification program until when Crosby's record sales were low.
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Beforegold records were awarded by record companies. They were his most frequent collaborators on disc from toa partnership that produced four million-selling singles: They made one film appearance together in Road to Rio singing "You Don't Have to Know the Language", and sang together on radio throughout the s and s.
He has been inducted into the halls of fame for both radio and popular music. Crosby's radio career took a significant turn inwhen he clashed with NBC over his insistence that he be allowed to pre-record his radio shows.
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The live production of radio shows was also reinforced by the musicians' union and ASCAPwhich wanted to ensure continued work for their members. In On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio, John Dunning wrote about German engineers having developed a tape recorder with a near-professional broadcast quality standard: The scheduling could now be done at the star's convenience.
He could do four shows a week, if he chose, and then take a month off. But the networks and sponsors were adamantly opposed. The public wouldn't stand for 'canned' radio, the networks argued. There was something magic for listeners in the fact that what they were hearing was being performed and heard everywhere, at that precise instant. Some of the best moments in comedy came when a line was blown and the star had to rely on wit to rescue a bad situation.
Fred Allen, Jack Benny, Phil Harris, and also Crosby were masters at this, and the networks weren't about to give it up easily. Crosby's insistence eventually factored into the further development of magnetic tape sound recording and the radio industry's widespread adoption of it.
Crosby left the network and remained off the air for seven months, creating a legal battle with his sponsor Kraft that was settled out of court. He returned to broadcasting for the last 13 weeks of the — season. The legend that has been most often told is that it would give him more time for golf. He did record his first Philco program in August so he could enter the Jasper National Park Invitational Golf Tournament in September when the radio season was to start.