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Bing Crosby was one of the most famous American entertainers

InformationDetail
BirthdayMay 3, 1903
Died onOctober 14, 1977
NationalityAmerican
FamousSingers, Republicans, Film & Theater Personalities, Actors, Singers
IdeologiesRepublicans
SpousesDixie Lee, Kathryn Grant
SiblingsLarry (1895–1975) Everett
Childrens Mary Crosby Gary Crosby Harry Crosby Dennis Crosby Phillip Crosby Lindsay Crosby Nathaniel Crosby
Founder / Co-Founder
  • Ampex company
Birth PlaceTacoma, Washington, U.S.
Political IdeologyRepublican
ReligionCatholicism
GenderMale
FatherHarry Lincoln Crosby (1870–1950)
MotherCatherine Helen
Sun SignTaurus
Born inTacoma, Washington, U.S.
Famous asAmerican singer
Died at Age74

// Famous Singers

Bing Crosby's photo

Who is Bing Crosby?

Bing Crosby was one of the finest American singers of the early 20th century known for his baritone voice. His ‘archetypal crooning’ was appropriate at that time when sound-recording techniques were getting advanced and sound motion pictures started coming into existence. He earned recognition after launching his own program at the CBS radio station in New York City, soon after which he began getting offers from Hollywood. At this point in his career, he was also emerging as a singer and later millions of copies of his records were sold. He rose to prominence with ‘White Christmas’, which later became one of the most successful singles of all time. During his time, he was credited with nearly 300 hit singles that topped the music charts. His career took a different turn, when he teamed with his friend Bob Hope, an American comedian and starred in seven successful ‘Road’ film series, with him. He soon began to prove his mettle as an actor and became the recipient of various prestigious awards. In his later years, his work reduced considerably and he began appearing in several television programs, and hosted his own show. He was often admired for his persona and his occasional ‘crooning’.

// Famous Republicans

Childhood & Early Life

Harry Lillis Crosby was born in Tacoma, Washington, but moved to Spokane, Washington at the age of three. He was the fourth his seven siblings.

In 1910, a neighbour began calling him ‘Bingo from Bingville’, which was taken from his favourite comic strip, ‘The Bingville Bugle’. The nickname, after dropping the last vowel, became his name for the rest of his life.

In the summer of 1917, he worked as a property boy at the ‘Spokane’s Auditorium’, where he watched several acts, which fascinated him.

He studied in a Catholic school and later, went to Gonzaga High School. He studied law at the Gonzaga University, but later dropped college to accomplish his musical dream, and joined a band, ‘Musicaladers’.

Career

In 1925, he joined vocalist, Al Rinker and they became extremely popular with their vaudeville act, ‘Two Boys and a Piano’, where the performance consisted of individual or combined acts by singers, actors etc. Later, Al Rinker’s brother introduced them to a famous bandleader, Paul Whiteman.

The Crosby-Rinker duo became a trio after Whiteman introduced Harry Barris, a songwriter and pianist, into the group, which they called ‘The Rhythm Boys’. The ‘Rhythm Boys’ performed with Paul Whiteman and soon enough Crosby tasted success.

In 1931, the ‘Rhythm Boys’ appeared in his first sound motion picture, ‘King of Jazz’.

In 1932, he launched his first radio program on the CBS radio station in New York City, which broadcasted his massive hit songs like ‘I found a Million Dollar Baby’ and ‘At Your Command’. His show was aired for nearly 30 years.

He also starred in ‘The Big Broadcast’, an American ‘musical comedy’ film, which he signed with Paramount pictures.

In 1936, he replaced Paul Whiteman and hosted NBC’s (Nation Broadcasting Corporation) ‘Kraft Music Hall’; where he received great appreciation for his radio theme song, ‘Where the Blue of the Night’, which he both sang and composed.

During WWII, he performed at the ‘European Theatre’ and entertained the American troops. Towards the end of the war, he was voted by the U.S. troops as ‘the person who had done the most for American G.I. morale during WWII’.

In 1941, he sang ‘White Christmas’ that soon became a popular hit and was broadcasted on the radio on Christmas.

He appeared in major blockbuster films like ‘Holiday Inn’ (1942), ‘Going My Way’ (1944) and ‘The Country Girl’ (1954). His role in ‘The Country Girl’ was loved by critics for a dramatic portrayal of an alcoholic.

From 1940–1962, he teamed up with Bob Hope in seven musical comedies called ‘Road To’.

In the 1950s, he appeared on popular television shows and launched his own show called ‘The Bing Crosby Show’ in 1964.

In 1977, he recorded the duet ‘The Little Drummer Boy’ and ‘Peace on Earth’, a Christmas special, with singer, David Bowie.

Major Works

His song ‘White Christmas’, which was first used in the musical film, ‘Holiday Inn’, became an instant hit with the masses. After being included in the music charts on October 3, 1942, it rose to the no.1 position on October 31, 1942. It charted the billboard countdown for 11 weeks and sold nearly 100 million copies, along with earning the title of ‘best-selling single of all time’.

Awards & Achievements

In 1944, he won the ‘Academy Award for Best Actor’ for his role as Father Charles O’Malley in the motion picture, ‘Going My Way’.

In 1962, he received the ‘Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award’.

He was inducted into the ‘Grammy Hall of Fame’, ‘Hit Parade Hall of Fame’ and ‘Western Music Hall of Fame’, posthumously.

Personal Life & Legacy

In 1930, he married actress/singer Dixie Lee and the couple had four sons. She passed away due to ovarian cancer in 1952.

In 1957, he married actress Kathryn Grant and the couple had three children.

He died of a heart attack while playing golf in Madrid.

Trivia

This famous personality was an avid golfer, and in 1978, he and Bob Hope were voted the Bob Jones Award, the highest honour given by the United States Golf Association in recognition of distinguished sportsmanship.

Just before his death, this famous American entertainer considered buying an eighteen hole golf course in Kent, England.

This Hollywood star’s estate was valued at $150 million, making him one of the wealthiest American entertainers of the 20th century.

// Famous Actors

Bing Crosby awards

YearNameAward

Academy Awards(Oscars)

1945Best Actor in a Leading RoleGoing My Way (1944)

Bing Crosby biography timelines

  • // 1910
    In 1910, a neighbour began calling him ‘Bingo from Bingville’, which was taken from his favourite comic strip, ‘The Bingville Bugle’. The nickname, after dropping the last vowel, became his name for the rest of his life.
  • // 1917
    In the summer of 1917, he worked as a property boy at the ‘Spokane’s Auditorium’, where he watched several acts, which fascinated him.
  • // 1925
    In 1925, he joined vocalist, Al Rinker and they became extremely popular with their vaudeville act, ‘Two Boys and a Piano’, where the performance consisted of individual or combined acts by singers, actors etc. Later, Al Rinker’s brother introduced them to a famous bandleader, Paul Whiteman.
  • // 1930 To 1952
    In 1930, he married actress/singer Dixie Lee and the couple had four sons. She passed away due to ovarian cancer in 1952.
  • // 1931
    In 1931, the ‘Rhythm Boys’ appeared in his first sound motion picture, ‘King of Jazz’.
  • // 1932
    In 1932, he launched his first radio program on the CBS radio station in New York City, which broadcasted his massive hit songs like ‘I found a Million Dollar Baby’ and ‘At Your Command’. His show was aired for nearly 30 years.
  • // 1936
    In 1936, he replaced Paul Whiteman and hosted NBC’s (Nation Broadcasting Corporation) ‘Kraft Music Hall’; where he received great appreciation for his radio theme song, ‘Where the Blue of the Night’, which he both sang and composed.
  • // 1940 To 1962
    From 1940–1962, he teamed up with Bob Hope in seven musical comedies called ‘Road To’.
  • // 1941
    In 1941, he sang ‘White Christmas’ that soon became a popular hit and was broadcasted on the radio on Christmas.
  • // 1942 To 1945
    He appeared in major blockbuster films like ‘Holiday Inn’ (1942), ‘Going My Way’ (1944) and ‘The Country Girl’ (1954). His role in ‘The Country Girl’ was loved by critics for a dramatic portrayal of an alcoholic.
  • // 31st Oct 1942
    His song ‘White Christmas’, which was first used in the musical film, ‘Holiday Inn’, became an instant hit with the masses. After being included in the music charts on October 3, 1942, it rose to the no.1 position on October 31, 1942. It charted the billboard countdown for 11 weeks and sold nearly 100 million copies, along with earning the title of ‘best-selling single of all time’.
  • // 1944
    In 1944, he won the ‘Academy Award for Best Actor’ for his role as Father Charles O’Malley in the motion picture, ‘Going My Way’.
  • // 1957
    In 1957, he married actress Kathryn Grant and the couple had three children.
  • // 1962
    In 1962, he received the ‘Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award’.
  • // 1964
    In the 1950s, he appeared on popular television shows and launched his own show called ‘The Bing Crosby Show’ in 1964.
  • // 1977
    In 1977, he recorded the duet ‘The Little Drummer Boy’ and ‘Peace on Earth’, a Christmas special, with singer, David Bowie.
  • // 14th Oct 1977
    He died of a heart attack while playing golf in Madrid.
  • // 1978
    This famous personality was an avid golfer, and in 1978, he and Bob Hope were voted the Bob Jones Award, the highest honour given by the United States Golf Association in recognition of distinguished sportsmanship.

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Bing Crosby's FAQ

  • What is Bing Crosby birthday?

    Bing Crosby was born at 1903-05-03

  • When was Bing Crosby died?

    Bing Crosby was died at 1977-10-14

  • Where was Bing Crosby died?

    Bing Crosby was died in La Moraleja, Alcobendas, Madrid, Spain

  • Which age was Bing Crosby died?

    Bing Crosby was died at age 74

  • Where is Bing Crosby's birth place?

    Bing Crosby was born in Tacoma, Washington, U.S.

  • What is Bing Crosby nationalities?

    Bing Crosby's nationalities is American

  • What is Bing Crosby ideologies?

    Bing Crosby's ideologies is Republicans

  • Who is Bing Crosby spouses?

    Bing Crosby's spouses is Dixie Lee, Kathryn Grant

  • Who is Bing Crosby siblings?

    Bing Crosby's siblings is Larry (1895–1975) Everett

  • Who is Bing Crosby childrens?

    Bing Crosby's childrens is Mary Crosby Gary Crosby Harry Crosby Dennis Crosby Phillip Crosby Lindsay Crosby Nathaniel Crosby

  • Which company or organization was founded by Bing Crosby?

    Bing Crosby was the founder/co-founder of Ampex company

  • What is Bing Crosby's political ideology?

    Bing Crosby's political ideology is Republican

  • What is Bing Crosby's religion?

    Bing Crosby's religion is Catholicism

  • Who is Bing Crosby's father?

    Bing Crosby's father is Harry Lincoln Crosby (1870–1950)

  • Who is Bing Crosby's mother?

    Bing Crosby's mother is Catherine Helen

  • What is Bing Crosby's sun sign?

    Bing Crosby is Taurus

  • How famous is Bing Crosby?

    Bing Crosby is famouse as American singer