Bing Crosby: Not Only 'White Christmas' -- With 20 Music Videos
Star of Movies, Radio and TV
On the Road Again
"Bing only at Christmas is like the Beatles only as Sgt. Pepper's Band!"-- Arne Fogel, prominent upper Midwest singer, musician and entertainment historian (and a huge Bing Crosby fan.)
A Small Note on a Big Star
Harry Lillis “Bing” Crosby was a mega star from the early ‘30s until he collapsed and died as he walked off a golf course in Spain in 1977. He rose to fame quickly after he was hired by Paul Whiteman, the nation’s most popular orchestra leader, gaining recognition and fame with the Rhythm Boys, including Bing's childhood friend singer Al Rinker, and singer/songwriter/pianist Harry Barris.
Bing got a jump start in movies when Mack Sennett signed him up, resulting in six short musical-comedy films in which he excelled. He was quickly signed up by CBS Radio chief William Paley in 1931 for his own radio show. He was a huge star on radio and was ubiquitous there until 1962. Meanwhile he became the top box office star in movies. He was No. 1 for five straight years in the early '40s and was featured in some five dozen movies. Crosby won the Academy Award as Best Actor in 1944 for “Going My Way.”
Most Popular Recording Artist
"Der Bingle" was not only big in movies, he was simultaneously the most popular recording artist in the first half of the last century, charting more than 300 records – with more Number One records than any other recording artist. His No. 1 hits include “My Blue Heaven,” “Ol’ Man River, “Out of Nowhere,” “Just One More Chance,” “Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?,” “Love in Bloom,” “June in January,” “Pennies From Heaven,” “White Christmas” (the largest selling single in history) and “Don’t Fence Me In.”
An avid golfer, fisherman and hunter, Crosby earned 23 gold records and two platinum discs (for “White Christmas” and “Silent Night.”) He performed with countless singers, including the Andrews Sisters, Louis Armstrong, Al Jolson and Crosby's oldest son, Gary (Sam’s Song/Play a Simple Melody.)
Some of Bing's Movies
A sampling of his movies: “The Big Broadcast” of 1932, “Going Hollywood,” “We’re Not Dressing,” “Mississippi,” “Anything Goes,” “Pennies From Heaven,” “Holiday Inn,” “The Bells of St. Mary’s,” “Blue Skies,” “Welcome Stranger,” “The Emperor Waltz,” “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court,” “Little Boy Lost,” “White Christmas,” “The Country Girl,” “High Society,” “Robin and the Seven Hoods,” and “Stagecoach” -- as well as "Road to Singapore" and six other “road” pictures with Bob Hope and Dorothy Lamour.
Below are some youtube selections that demonstrate Bing’s talents better than any words.
Bing Crosby Sings for Troops at 'Stage Door Canteen' Opening
In What Decade Was Bing Crosby's Voice the Best?
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