Bing Crosby

American singer and actor (1903–1977)

Harry Lillis "Bing" Crosby Jr. (May 3, 1903 – October 14, 1977) was an American singer and actor. His singing career was around fifty years long and more than 1 billion records of his have been sold worldwide.[1][2][3] Crosby is known for creating the style of music that Perry Como,[4] Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin , Elvis Presley,[5] John Lennon[5] would later copy. Crosby said that he was inspired by Al Jolson.[6]

Bing Crosby
Crosby c. 1940
Harry Lillis Crosby Jr.

(1903-05-03)May 3, 1903
DiedOctober 14, 1977(1977-10-14) (aged 74)
Alcobendas, Spain
Resting placeHoly Cross Cemetery
Alma materGonzaga University
  • Singer
  • actor
Years active1923–1977
ChildrenGary, Dennis, Phillip, Lindsay (with Dixie)
Harry III, Mary, Nathaniel (with Kathryn)
Musical career

He sang "White Christmas" and it became "the best-selling record of all time." Irving Berlin wrote this song.[7] In 1962, Crosby became the first person ever to receive the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.[8]

Crosby won the Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his role in Going My Way.

Crosby was a Roman Catholic.[9] He died of a heart attack in Madrid, Spain.


  1. Hope, Robert (January 28, 2020). Bing Crosby: The Billion Selling Man.
  2. Abjorensen, Norman (2017-05-25). Historical Dictionary of Popular Music. Rowman & Littlefield. ISBN 978-1-5381-0215-2.
  3. America in the 20th Century. Marshall Cavendish. ISBN 978-0-7614-7369-5.
  4. Gilliland, John (1994). Pop Chronicles the 40s: The Lively Story of Pop Music in the 40s (audiobook). ISBN 978-1-55935-147-8. OCLC 31611854. Cassette 1, side B.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Giddins, Gary (2001-01-28). "MUSIC; Bing Crosby, The Unsung King of Song". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-07-14.
  6. Gilliland 1994, cassette 3, side B.
  7. Harris, Roy J. (2009-12-11). "Irving Berlin's White Christmas | Masterpiece by Roy J. Harris Jr. -". Retrieved 2010-04-20.
  8. "". 2009-02-08. Archived from the original on 2010-02-06. Retrieved 2010-03-04.
  9. Bing Crosby as Father O'Malley