NEW YORK, NY (April 25, 2023) – In honor of Jazz Appreciation Month, the estates of Bing Crosbyand Ella Fitzgerald have joined forces to bring fans the ultimate duets album, Bing & Ella. The album features eight unforgettable classics like “That’s-A-Plenty,” “Istanbul (Not Constantinople)” and more, that blend the masterful stylings of Crosby and Fitzgerald into a package fit for any jazz enthusiast or classic music lover. Staying true to the golden age of jazz, the album includes remastered original versions of Bing and Ella’s duets, sourced directly from recordings from Bing’s radio shows throughout the 1940’s and 50’s. While bootleg versions of select tracks had previously been available to stream, this is the first time the collection will see an official, high-quality release on DSP’s. Available now on all streaming platforms, the release comes just in time for a trifecta of celebratory milestones, including what would have been the birthday of Ella Fitzgerald (April 25th), International Jazz Day (April 30th), and what would have been Bing Crosby’s 120th birthday (May 3rd).
“We are beyond excited to share these duets featuring Dad and the incredible Ella Fitzgerald,” said Mary Crosby on behalf of the Bing Crosby Estate. “It’s such a wonderful tribute to both of their legacies and we can’t wait to share the magic that they created together with jazz lovers everywhere!”
Bing & Ella marks the first of several exciting releases in part of the “Bing & Friends” series to come from the estate. A nod to Bing Crosby’s history of iconic duets, this latest project applauds Crosby’s artistry and musical partnerships with other pivotal artists through the years. Throughout his extensive music career, Crosby has sung with the likes of David Bowie, Nat King Cole, Louis Armstrong, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Peggy Lee, and more.
In celebration of Bing’s 120th birthday, Primary Wave Music and the estate will continue to rollout additional projects honoring Crosby’s great legacy and collection of remarkable hits. 2023 has so far seen two new releases, including Bing Crosby’s Irish Songbook in March and A Valentine from Bing in February, with even more to come throughout this momentous year. In addition, fans of Crosby can also be on the lookout for other celebratory initiatives including Pandora’s specially curated pop-up radio station throughout the month of May, and an exclusive SiriusXM “Bing & Ella” radio special on “Crosby’s Corner” in conjunction with the album release.
Bing & Ella Track List:
Basin Street Blues
Istanbul (Not Constantinople)
Stay With The Happy People
Way Back Home
A Dreamer’s Holiday
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ABOUT BING CROSBY
Bing Crosby was the 20th century’s greatest multi-media star — acclaimed in the worlds of recording, radio and motion pictures and honored by all three on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He was the most recorded voice in history. Bing recorded 41 #1 hits, including “White Christmas” – a best-seller for five decades. At the time of his passing in 1977, Bing Crosby was still the biggest-selling recording star of all time, certified by the Guinness Book of World Records. He won the 1944 Oscar for Best Actor in Going My Way.
ABOUT THE ELLA FITZGERALD CHARITABLE FOUNDATION
The Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation was created and funded in 1993 by Ella Fitzgerald in order to fulfill her desires to use the fruits of her success to help people of all races, cultures and beliefs. Fitzgerald hoped to make their lives more rewarding, and she wanted to foster a love of reading, as well as a love of music. In addition, she hoped to provide assistance to the at-risk and disadvantaged members of our communities – assistance that would enable them to achieve a better quality of life. The Board of Directors of the Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation seeks to continue Ella Fitzgerald’s goals by making charitable grants serving four major areas of interest: Creating educational and other opportunities for children; fostering a love and knowledge of music; including assistance to students of music the provision of health care; food, shelter and counseling to those in need and specific areas of medical care and research with an emphasis on Diabetes, vision problems and heart disease.