World Library Publications to re-issue "lost" Bing Crosby recording from 1957
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"The Bible Story of Christmas," Narrated by Bing Crosby, with Traditional Carols in Gospel Sequence Sung by the Bonaventure Choir
CHICAGO, May 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Sometime in 1955, Omer Westendorf (founder of World Library of Sacred Music) wrote to several famous Catholics to find a narrator for a recording project. Among those names were Loretta Young, Bishop Fulton J. Sheen, Rocky Marciano, and Bing Crosby. Bishop Sheen replied that he was too busy, and there were no replies from Ms. Young and Mr. Marciano. Bing Crosby made inquiries about World Library of Sacred Music through the Los Angeles Chancery Office. He made no formal reply and just sent a tape of the narration. Bing made the recording on August 6, 1956. The organ background was provided by Betty Zins Reiber, a longtime editor at WLP. According to Bing Enterprises/HLC Properties LLC, Bing donated his services and did not accept any payment. The recording of Bing Crosby reading the Gospel of Luke 2:4 has not been used in any other project and is exclusive to World Library Publications.
The re-issue will be world-wide and available on vinyl and CD at http://wlpmusic.com or at 1-800-566-6150.
"It's truly a wonderful thing to have an American icon in your vault, and after all this time we get to share it with the world. Bing Crosby and Christmas have always been synonymous," said Ron Rendek, Senior Music Editor, World Library Publications.
"At the time the recording of the carols was taking place, Omer, the choir, and all involved in the project were honored that Bing Crosby had accepted Omer's invitation to narrate the Christmas gospel between the carols. I am delighted to hear that the recording is being re-issued so that it will be made available to a new audience," said Betty Zins Reiber, accompanist for the Bonaventure Choir in 1956.
"When my Dad bought World Library Publications in 1972, he knew he was getting the best in church music, but I don't think he realized this gem between Omer Westendorf and Bing Crosby! We are excited to celebrate sixty years of Omer's vision and to share this treasure of his work with Bing Crosby," said Mary Lou Paluch Rafferty, Owner and Publisher of J.S. Paluch Company/World Library Publications.
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