| January 1956|
Traditional pop music
| Original Film Soundtrack, The Theatreland Chorus|
America - I Hear You Singing, Reprise Musical Repertory, 12 Songs of Christmas, Victor Herbert Melodies, George Gershwin Songs - V
High Society is a 1956 soundtrack album, featuring Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Louis Armstrong and Grace Kelly. This was Crosby's fifth LP album, and his first recorded for Capitol Records. It was the soundtrack for the MGM feature film High Society, also released in 1956. Initially issued on vinyl either in mono or stereo format, the album has been issued on CD by Capitol in Japan (CD: TOCP-6587) in 1991 and by Capitol in the UK (CD: CDP 793787-2) in 1995. The album was also included in a 3-CD box set called "Original Soundtrack Recordings" issued by the EMI Music Group Australasia
Crosby's exclusive recording contract with Decca Records expired at the end of 1955 and he chose to go freelance.
After his recording of "True Love" with Grace Kelly went gold, Crosby joked that it was the only gold record to feature a real-life princess. "True Love" was the only song in the album to be nominated for an Academy Award but it lost out to "Que Sera, Sera".
The UK magazine The Gramophone liked the album saying: "...Lastly on Capitol LCT6116 El Bingo is heard along with nearly everybody else—Louis Armstrong, Grace Kelly and Frank Sinatra, for example—in the film "High Society". These numbers by Cole Porter are mostly available by the same artists on 45s, but whichever way you buy it do not neglect the wonderful 'Now You Has Jazz', in which Crosby introduces the band. It is an old gambit, but seldom fails, and certainly not here."
Louis Armstrong (tpt); Trummy Young (tbn); Edmond Hall (clt); Billy Kyle (pno); Arvell Shaw (bs); Barrett Deems (dms)
All songs written by Cole Porter.
Note: the stereo version of "Well, Did You Evah!" does not include Crosby's adlib "You must be one of the newer fellas."Louis Armstrong Performer, Primary Artist, Trumpet, Vocals
Louis Armstrong & His Big Band Ensemble
Saul Chaplin Adaptation, Music Supervisor
Bing Crosby Performer, Primary Artist, Vocals
Johnny Green Adaptation, Conductor, Music Supervisor
Celeste Holm Performer, Primary Artist, Vocals
Grace Kelly Performer, Primary Artist
Skip Martin Orchestration
Cole Porter Composer, Primary Artist
Cole Porter Orchestra Performer, Primary Artist
Nelson Riddle Orchestration
Conrad Salinger Orchestration
Frank Sinatra Performer, Primary Artist, Vocals
Charles Walters Director
1High Society (Overture)Johnny Green - MGM Studio Orchestra3:32High Society (soundtrack) Wikipedia
2High Society CalypsoLouis Armstrong & His All-Stars2:13
3Little OneBing Crosby2:31