Bing Crosby: The Last Roundup
The Last Roundup
Bing Crosby (vocals)
I'm an Old Cowhand (Living Era)
Bing Crosby (vocals),
with the Lennie Hayton Orchestra.
Composed by Billy Hill.
Recorded: Los Angeles, September 27, 1933
Rating: 79/100 (learn more)
Despite his enormous fame, Bing Crosby has still never received the recognition he deserves as a jazz singer. He has sometimes been called "the first hip white person" -- a not inappropriate label. But Bing's credentials as a cowpoke are less credible. His delivery of "Git 'long little dogies" on "The Last Roundup" sounds like it was delivered by an Ivy Leaguer in a tweed coat with patches on both elbows. Crosby tried his hand at down-home fare many times during his career, and sometimes with reasonable results. (He does a decent "Home on the Range" and an acceptable "Clementine.") But don't let the cattle hear this song . . . they might stampede!
Reviewer: Ted Gioia
Tags: cowboy jazz