Episode Air Date: November 26, 2015
Artist: Bing Crosby, The Andrews Sisters, Vic Schoen and his Orchestra
Recording Title: At the Flying W
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Between 1939 and 1952 Bing and the gals recorded 46 times. Exactly half of those were major hit records. They recorded “At the Flying W” in December of 1947.
At that time The Flying W was the quintessential cattle ranch. It became a tourist spot in the mid-1950s complete with cattle-drive- style chuckwagon dinners and an all-cowboy band, the Flying W Wranglers for after-dinner yodelin’ and such.
It’s not exactly been a “life of ease” at the ranch in recent times. A canyon fire devastated the W in June 2012. Rebuilding efforts are ongoing. Photo: The Flying W Western Singers, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.