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Bing Crosby

American singer and actor
Bing Crosby

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 500 million records of his have been sold worldwide.[1] Crosby is known for creating the style of music that Perry Como,[2] Frank Sinatra, and Dean Martin would later copy. Crosby said that he was inspired by Al Jolson.[3]

He sang "White Christmas" and it became "the best-selling record of all time." Irving Berlin wrote this song.[4] In 1962, Crosby became the first person ever to receive the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.[5]

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

Crosby was a Roman Catholic.[6] He died of a heart attack in Madrid, Spain.

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Bing Crosby Music News & Info". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2010-03-04.
  2. 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.
  3. Gilliland 1994, cassette 3, side B.
  4. 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.
  5. "GRAMMY.com". GRAMMY.com. 2009-02-08. Retrieved 2010-03-04.
  6. Bing Crosby as Father O'Malley