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Bing Crosby & Rosemary Clooney Radio Show

The Bing Crosby-Rosemary Clooney Show  is a treat for audiences, but was also a good deal of fun for its stars. In 1960 CBS Radio made a bid to attract some daytime listeners, and proposed the project to Bing . Rosemary Clooney had found success in the high-pressure world of the early 1950s recording industry, and became a household name with the 1954 release of  White Christmas  in which she starred with Crosby. By this time Bing was successful enough that he didn't need the work, and would only do the show if it could be prerecorded on magnetic tape (Crosby was an investor in Ampex, the first successful American tape recorder.) The shows were rather simple; they featured music, was usually from earlier recordings that Clooney and Crosby had made, although they did record some duets for the show. Because the recording equipment was somewhat portable, the spoken parts of the show could be recorded whenever and where ever is was convenient for the stars to get together. Often thi