Crooner Bing Crosby


Bing Crosby

Bing Crosby was an American singer, actor, and radio personality who became one of the best-selling recording artists of the 20th century. Born Harry Lillis Crosby Jr. on May 3, 1903, in Tacoma, Washington, he grew up in a musical family and began singing early on. With his distinctive warm baritone voice, Crosby became one of the most influential and successful crooners of his time.
  • Bing Crosby’s career spanned over 50 years, from the 1920s to the 1970s.
  • He was named ” Bing ” by a comic strip character named Bingo.
  • Crosby began his music career as a member of the Rhythm Boys, a jazz vocal trio.
  • Bing Crosby’s first solo hit was “Out of Nowhere” in 1931.
  • He had over 40 number-one hits, including “White Christmas,” which remains one of the best-selling singles of all time.
  • Crosby was an early advocate of recording techniques and was one of the first singers to use a microphone to enhance his voice.
  • Bing Crosby was the first artist to pre-record his radio shows, which allowed for better sound quality and editing.
  • He acted in numerous films, winning an Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in the 1944 film “Going My Way.”
  • Crosby was known for his philanthropic work, raising millions of dollars for various charities throughout his career.
  • He performed with many famous musicians, including Louis Armstrong, Frank Sinatra, and Bob Hope.
  • Crosby introduced many popular songs that became standards, including “Pennies from Heaven,” “Swinging on a Star,” and “I’ll Be Seeing You.”
  • He helped popularize Hawaiian music in the 1930s and 1940s by recording several songs with a Hawaiian theme.
  • Bing Crosby was one of the first artists to embrace television and appeared in many TV specials and series.
  • Bing was an avid golfer and co-founded the Bing Crosby National Pro-Am Golf Tournament, now known as the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.
  • Crosby’s radio show, “Kraft Music Hall,” was one of the most popular radio programs of its time.
  • Bing had a longtime partnership with fellow entertainer Bob Hope, with whom he starred in seven “Road to…” comedy films.
  • In 1963, Crosby became the first recipient of the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.
  • His family life was turbulent, with two of his four sons from his first marriage later dying by suicide.
  • Bing Crosby passed away on October 14, 1977, after suffering a heart attack following a round of golf in Spain.
  • His influence on popular music and entertainment can still be felt today, with many artists citing him as a significant inspiration.