UW Ethnomusicology Archives audio recordings: Bing Crosby and Mary Lou Williams (Jazz of the 30's-40's), Undated

Overview of the Collection

Crosby, Bing, 1903-1977; Williams, Mary Lou, 1910-1981
UW Ethnomusicology Archives audio recordings: Bing Crosby and Mary Lou Williams (Jazz of the 30's-40's)
5 items  :  D - 5 reels (7 1/2 ips, 1/2 tr. mono (recorded both sides), 7"); 10 WAV files (48 kHz, 24-bit); Duration: 6:06:55
Collection Number
Copy of commercial 78 rpm recordings.
University of Washington Ethnomusicology Archives
University of Washington
Ethnomusicology Archives
Box 353450
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 2065430974
Access Restrictions

Unrestricted: collection is open for research.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Bing Crosby (1903-1977) was a singer, actor, comedian, and investor from Tacoma, Washington (United States). He is considered by many to be the first multimedia star. During his musical career, he performed with other stars including Bob Hope, Ella Fitzgerald, and Frank Sinatra. In 1963, he received the first Grammy Global Achievement award. As well as being popular in the United States, his music was loved by American soldiers serving overseas in WWII. He is also remembered for being the first person to pre-record his radio shows and for his help in financing the development of the videotape.

Mary Lou Williams (1910-1981) was a jazz pianist, composer, and bandleader from Atlanta, Georgia (United States). As a child, she was considered a piano prodigy. By the age of three she had taught herself to play piano, and by the age of 10 she was supporting her family with her performances. During her lifetime, she composed and recorded more than one hundred records. Some of the musicians she composed for included Duke Ellington and Benny Good. She was also known as a jazz teacher. Some of her most famous students included Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker, and Miles Davis.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Performers and contents listed on accompanying documentation.

D analog reels digitized 11/2016 (48 kHz, 24-bit) - 70-8.1a.wav (25:46), 70-8.1b.wav (31:42), 70-8.2a.wav (31:31), 70-8.2b.wav (31:27), 70-8.3a.wav (32:10), 70-8.3b.wav (30:24), 70-8.4a.wav (41:47), 70-8.4b.wav (43:33), 70-8.5a.wav (25:26), 70-8.5b.wav (28:42).

Tape noise, speed fluctuation, and other irregularities noted throughout recordings.

Documentation: Contents lists.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

1970008-0001: 70-8.1
1 audiotape : Audio Reel
1970008-0002: 70-8.2
1 audiotape : Audio Reel
1970008-0003: 70-8.3
1 audiotape : Audio Reel
1970008-0004: 70-8.4
1 audiotape : Audio Reel
1970008-0005: 70-8.5
1 audiotape : Audio Reel

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Ethnomusicology

Geographical Names

  • North America
  • United States