Song of the Day: Bing Crosby, “I’ve Got Plenty To Be Thankful For”

Thought I’d do some songs about being grateful, it being Thanksgiving week and all. First up is this Irving Berlin classic, written for the 1942 movie Holiday Inn with Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, and Marjorie Reynolds. It was recorded on the album Music From Holiday Inn, released the same year. Albums then were collections of 78 RPM records, each record having its own sleeve; the sleeves were bound together into an actual book that had a hard cover. The long-playing record was still a brand-new concept. (I’m just a font of useless knowledge, aren’t I?) Bing is accompanied by his brother Bob’s orchestra.

17 thoughts on “Song of the Day: Bing Crosby, “I’ve Got Plenty To Be Thankful For”

  1. I had no idea that the records came in like a book…that is cool to be honest. I wouldn’t mind owning this because it probably has that Berlin song he sings in blackface. It is a sign of the times and one they thought were understanding the African Americans but..ughhh…it is painful to watch especially when Marjorie Reynolds comes out with her hair done up….again, ughhh. I do love this song and will watch this fil. Again this year.

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    1. One of my favorites is “Be Careful, It’s My Heart.” It’s one of the best love songs I’ve heard, and the scenes of Marjorie Reynolds dancing with Fred Astaire are pure magic.

      We had several albums of that sort at home. My great-aunt Marie passed them on to us when she was moving. They were really fragile, I remember: I was just trying to get one out of the sleeve and it broke in my hand…. The LP was a huge advance, and much more convenient…

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  2. Bing and Bob! I love all the films that Bing Crosby was in! When I was a was about 12/13 years we got our first TV and I loved Saturday afternoon when there would be San old film on, I especially loved the Road films with Bob Hope and Dorothy Lamore. Great days 💜

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  3. Believe it or not – I was introduced to the movie Holiday Inn by a 17yr old boy about 3 years ago. He insisted that I watch it with him, as his sisters had already seen it several times that month with him. Great movie, with some classic songs. If memory serves me correct, I might even have one of the tunes in one of my posts for December.

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