Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Angelic Oldies │ Robert Mitchell Boys' Choir

Angel Watchers is proud to present, a golden oldie, a blast from the past.  Very few people remember nowadays, that at one time, America had the preeminent boy choir in the world.  It was called the Robert Mitchell Boys' Choir.  In 1934, Robert Mitchell started his eponymously named, Robert Mitchell Boys' Choir.  Robert Mitchell was only twenty-two years old when he founded the choir.  The Robert Mitchell Boys' Choir performed in over 100 films, including 1944's Best Picture winner "Going My Way" with Bing Crosby, "Carefree" with Fred Astaire, "Angels with Dirty Faces" with James Cagney, and Pat O'Brien, and "The Bishop's Wife" with Cary Grant.  Noted film composer Dimitri Tiomkin said of them, "Bob Mitchell’s boys represent the unusual combination of musicianship, artistry and versatility.  Bob Mitchell’s genius is ever present".  Robert Mitchell had a very long and illustrious career.  He passed away after suffering complications from pneumonia in Los Angeles, on July 4, 2009 at the age of 96.  In the video below, The Robert Mitchell Boys' Choir sing a duet with the late, great Bing Crosby.  The song is "Swinging On A Star", from "Going My Way".  It's an evergreen classic.  The lady that appears in the video is the late great operatic mezzo-soprano, Risë Stevens.  She passed away on March 20, 2013, at the age of 99 in Manhattan.  "Going My Way" is an excellent film, and it should be in everyone's movie collection.  Let's take a trip now to the past, down memory lane, and enjoy "Swinging On A Star".  Safe journeys to all the fans of Angel Watchers, wherever you may be.

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