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Tacoma, WA, USA
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Cause of Death
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Jazz, Vocal Pop, Traditional Pop, Tin Pan Alley Pop, Popular Music Entry, Vocal Jazz, Standards, Swing, Stage & Screen
Amiable/Good-Natured, Laid-Back/Mellow, Sentimental, Reserved, Smooth, Carefree, Earnest, Confident, Poignant, Fun, Warm, Light, Soothing, Exuberant, Happy, Joyous, Rousing, Gentle, Sweet, Playful, Plaintive
Soundtrack, Actor/Actress, Producer
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Bing Crosby was the fourth of seven children of Tacoma, Washington, brewery bookkeeper Harry Lowe Crosby and Kate Harrigan Crosby. He studied law at Gonzaga University in Spokane but was more interested in playing the drums and singing with a local band. Bing and the band`s piano player, Al Rinker, left Spokane for Los Angeles in 1925. In the early 1930s Bing`s brother Everett sent a record of Bing singing "I Surrender, Dear" to the president of CBS. His live performances from New York were carried over the national radio network for 20 consecutive weeks in 1932. His radio success led Paramount Pictures to include him in The Big Broadcast (1932), a film featuring radio favorites. His songs about not needing a bundle of money to make life happy was the right message for the decade of the Great Depression. His relaxed, low-key style carried over into the series of "Road" comedies he made with pal Bob Hope. He won the best actor Oscar for playing an easygoing priest in Going My Way (1944). He showed that he was indeed an actor as well as a performer when he played an alcoholic actor down on his luck opposite Grace Kelly in The Country Girl (1954). Playing golf was what he liked to do best. He died at age 74 playing golf at a course outside Madrid, Spain, after completing a tour of England that had included a sold-out engagement at the London Palladium.
During WWII, Mr. Crosby was the most popular singer with the American Troops.
Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA
Full Name at Birth
Harry Lillis Crosby Jr.
Was known for wearing Bow ties., Often played what he referred to as "happy go-lucky fellas" in his movies.
Bob Hope, Skitch Henderson, Dorothy Lamour, Fred MacMurray, Glenn Miller, Alan Ladd, Gary Cooper, Lupe Velez, Louis Armstrong, Johnny Mercer, Paul Whiteman, John Payne, Anne Shirley, Barbara Stanwyck, Johnny Burkes, Edmund Lowe, Joe E. Brown, Andy Devine, Pat O'Brien, Phil Harris, Dick Powell, Bing Crosby, Connee Boswell, Joe Venuti, Rhonda Fleming, W.A. "Monty" Moncrief, A.C. Lyles
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Harry Lillis "Bing" Crosby Jr. (May 3, 1903 – October 14, 1977) was an American singer and actor. Crosby's trademark warm bass-baritone voice made him one of the best-selling recording artists of all time, having sold over one billion analog records and tapes, as well as digital compact discs and downloads around the world.
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Harry Lincoln Crosby (1870–1950)
Catherine Helen "Kate" Harrigan (1873–1964)
Larry (1895–1975), Everett (1896–1966), Ted (1900–1973)
Catherine (1904–1974), Mary Rose (1906–1990)
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Traditional pop, Popular music, Jazz, Vocal
1926-1928: Columbia, Victor, 1928-1931: Brunswick, 1931-1934: Columbia, 1934-1955: Decca, 1955-1977: Reprise, RCA, Verve, Decca, United Artists, LaserLight, Kapp, Pickwick, Capitol, Project
Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Rosemary Clooney, Louis Armstrong, Dixie Lee, Peggy Lee, Fred Astaire, The Rhythm Boys, Al Rinker, Al Sherman, Sherman Brothers, Bob Hope, Paul Whiteman, Eddie Lang, David Bowie, The Andrews Sisters, Danny Kaye
Columbia, Victor, Brunswick, Decca, Capitol, Verve
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