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The Bible Story of Christmas - Bonaventure Choir / Bing Crosby - vinyl album

Composer: The Bonaventure choir; Narrated by Bing Crosby
Format: Vinyl Album
Product: 007405
ISBN: 9-781584-598848
Unit: Each
Price: $25.00  
Availability: Currently in Stock
Sixty years ago, American Icon Bing Crosby loaned his famous baritone voice to unify traditional carols with the spoken narration of Luke 2:4–20. After discovering this recording in our vault, we felt it was time to share it with the world again. Originally published in 1957, this recording is a re-release of one the treasures of the World Library Publications archive. The traditional carols were arranged by Han Van Koert. Sometime in 1955, Omer Westendorf (founder of World Library of Sacred Music—now WLP) wrote to several famous Catholics to find a narrator for a recording project. Among those names were Loretta Young, Perry Como, Bishop Fulton J. Sheen, Prizefighter Rocky Marciano, and Bing Crosby. Bishop Sheen replied that he was too busy, and there were no replies from Ms. Young and Mr. Marciano. Bing Crosby made inquiries about World Library of Sacred Music through the Los Angeles Chancery Office. He made no formal reply and just sent a tape of the narration. Bing made the recording on August 6, 1956. The organ background was provided by Betty Zins Reiber, a longtime editor at WLP. According to Bing Enterprises/HLC Properties LLC, Bing donated his services and did not accept any payment.

The recording of Bing Crosby reading the Gospel of Luke 2:4–20 has not been used in any other project and is exclusive to World Library Publications. This "lost" recording of Bing Crosby is now available on Vinyl (LP) and CD.

Behold a Virgin Bearing Him - Listen Here
Silent Night - Listen Here
The First Nowell - Listen Here
A Child is Born in Bethlehem - Listen Here
Angels we have heard on High - Listen Here 
O Come, Little Children - Listen Here
Welcome, Son of Mary - Listen Here
O Come, All Ye Faithful/Adeste, Fideles - Listen Here
Narration of Luke 2:4-20 By Bing Crosby - Listen Here

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