Bing Crosby

American singer and actor (1903-1977)

Harry Lillis "Bing" Crosby (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[6] would later copy. Crosby said that he was inspired by Al Jolson.[7]

Bing Crosby

He sang "White Christmas" and it became "the best-selling record of all time." Irving Berlin wrote this song.[8] In 1962, Crosby became the first person ever to receive the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.[9]

Crosby anote 41 No. 1 hits on the charts more than The Beatles (24) and Elvis Presley (18) records.[10]

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

Crosby was a Roman Catholic.[11] He died of a heart attack in Madrid, Spain.

ReferencesEdit

  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.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link) Cassette 1, side B.
  5. 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. Giddins, Gary (2001-01-28). "MUSIC; Bing Crosby, The Unsung King of Song". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-07-14.
  7. Gilliland 1994, cassette 3, side B.
  8. Harris, Roy J. (2009-12-11). "Irving Berlin's White Christmas | Masterpiece by Roy J. Harris Jr. - WSJ.com". Online.wsj.com. Retrieved 2010-04-20.
  9. "GRAMMY.com". GRAMMY.com. 2009-02-08. Retrieved 2010-03-04.
  10. Inc, Nielsen Business Media (2001-04-28). Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc.
  11. Bing Crosby as Father O'Malley