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Bing Crosby

Singer and Actor Bing Crosby

Full Name: Harry Lillis Crosby, Jr.
Profession: Singer and Actor

United States of America

Biography: Bing Crosby was arguably the biggest star of the first half of the 20th Century. He is the best-selling recording artist ever with sales of over half a billion records in circulation. His single "White Christmas (1941) is still the best-selling single of all time.

Crosby as a singer was famous for his trademark bass-baritone voice and his more conversational, intimate style. He was helped by the development of the microphone at this time and ushered in the age of the crooner.

In addition to "White Christmas" three other of his songs have also been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, "Swinging on a Star", Pennies from Heaven" and "Don't Fence Me In".

Crosby became a major Hollywood star winning an Academy Award for Best Actor for his role as Father Chuck O'Malley in the 1944 motion picture "Going My Way". He also appeared in seven successful "The Road to" films with Bob Hope and Dorothy Lamour.

Born: May 3, 1903
Birthplace: Tacoma, Washington, USA

Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Rabbit
Star Sign: Taurus

Died: October 14, 1977 (aged 74)
Cause of Death: Heart attack

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Married Life

  • 1930-09-29 Singer and actor Bing Crosby (27) marries actress Dixie Lee (18)

Historical Events

  • 1928-03-01 Paul Whiteman and His Orchestra record "Ol' Man River" for Victor Records featuring Bing Crosby
  • 1931-09-02 Bing Crosby makes his solo radio debut
  • 1937-07-03 Del Mar Turf Club, with crooner Bing Crosby as president and actor Pat O'Brien as a club officer, opens for racing
  • 1940-03-14 "The Road to Singapore" directed by Victor Schertzinger starring Bob Hope, Bing Crosby and Dorothy Lamour, first of seven such films premieres
  • 1942-05-29 Bing Crosby records "White Christmas", world's best-selling single (estimated 100 million copies sold)
  • 1942-06-08 Bing Crosby records "Silent Night"
  • 1944-02-07 Bing Crosby records "Swinging on a Star" for Decca Records (Academy Award Best Original Song)
  • 1944-05-03 "Going My Way", directed by Leo McCarey and starring Bing Crosby premieres in New York (Academy Award for Best Picture, 1945)
  • 1945-03-15 17th Academy Awards: "Going My Way", Bing Crosby & Ingrid Bergman win
  • 1956-07-17 MGM releases film "High Society", a musical re-working of "The Philadelphia Story" set in Newport, Rhode Island; starring Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly, and Frank Sinatra, with songs by Cole Porter
  • 1957-01-10 Baseball Commissioner Ford Frick rules Bing Crosby can keep token stock in Detroit Tigers, even though he owns part of Pittsburgh Pirates
  • 1970-09-15 Decca awards Bing Crosby a second platinum disc for selling 300 million records