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Bing Crosby

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.   Harry Lillis "Bing" Crosby (May 3, 1903 – October 14, 1977) was an American singer and actor. Crosby's trademark bass-baritone voice made him one of the best-selling recording artists of the 20th century, with over half a billion records in circulation. A multimedia star, from 1934 to 1954 Bing Crosby was a leader in record sales, radio ratings and motion picture grosses. Crosby's early career coincided with technical recording innovations; this allowed him to develop a laid-back, intimate singing style that influenced many of the popular male singers who followed him, including Perry Como, Frank Sinatra, and Dean Martin. Yank magazine recognized Crosby as the person who had done the most for American G.I. morale during World War II and, during his peak years, around 1948, polls declared him the "most admired man alive," ahead of Jackie Robinson and Pope Pius XII. Also in 1948, the Music Digest estimated that Crosby recordings filled more than half of the 80,000 weekly hours allocated to recorded radio music. Crosby exerted an important influence on the development of the postwar recording industry. Crosby worked for NBC at the time and wanted record his shows, however, most broadcast networks did not allow recording. This was mainly because of the quality of the recording at the time. While in Europe performing during the war, Crosby had witnessed tape recording, on which The Crosby Research Foundation would come to have many patents. The company also developed equipment and recording techniques such as the Laugh Track which are still in use today. In 1947, he invested $50,000 in the Ampex company, which built North America's first commercial reel-to-reel tape recorder. He left NBC to work for ABC, because NBC was not interested in recording at the time. This proved beneficial because ABC accepted him and his new ideas. Crosby then became the first performer to pre-record his radio shows and master his commercial recordings onto magnetic tape. He gave one of the first Ampex Model 200 recorders to his friend, musician Les Paul, which led directly to Paul's invention of multitrack recording. Along with Frank Sinatra, Crosby was one of the principal backers behind the famous United Western Recorders studio complex in Los Angeles. During the "Golden Age of Radio," performers often had to recreate their live shows a second time for the west coast time zone. Through the aegis of recording, Crosby constructed his radio programs with the same directorial tools and craftsmanship (editing, retaking, rehearsal, time shifting) being used in motion picture production. This became the industry standard. Crosby won an Academy Award for Best Actor for his role as Father Chuck O'Malley in the 1944 motion picture Going My Way, and was nominated for his reprise of the role in The Bells of St. Mary's the next year, becoming the first of four actors to be nominated twice for playing the same character. In 1963, Crosby received the first Grammy Global Achievement Award. Crosby is one of the 22 people to have three stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Description above from the Wikipedia article Bing Crosby, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

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May 2, 1903 In Tacoma, Washington, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie King of Jazz 1930-04-20
Latest Project:
Series The Edsel Show 2018
Known For
Poster of Little Boy Lost
Poster of Road to Victory
Poster of Here Is My Heart
Poster of College Humor
Series The Edsel Show Himself/host 2018
Movie This Is Bob Hope... Himself (archive footage) 2017-12-29
Movie And the Oscar Goes To... 2014-02-02
Movie Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical History 2008-10-14
Movie A Bing Crosby Christmas Himself 1998-01-01
Movie Songs That Won the War Himself (Archive) 1994-05-01
Movie That's Entertainment! III (archive footage) 1994-07-01
Movie The Magic of Bing Crosby Himself (archive footage) 1991-10-29
Movie It's Showtime 1976-03-31
Movie That's Entertainment, Part II (archive footage) 1976-05-17
Movie Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? (archive footage) 1975-08-06
Movie That's Entertainment! Himself - Host / Narrator 1974-06-21
Movie Cancel My Reservation Himself (uncredited) 1972-09-21
Movie Dr. Cook's Garden Dr. Leonard Cook 1971-01-19
Movie Cinerama's Russian Adventure Narrator (voice) 1966-03-03
Movie Stagecoach Doc Josiah Boone 1966-04-21
Movie Hollywood My Home Town 1965-12-31
Series The Hollywood Palace 1964-01-04
Series The Bing Crosby Show Bing Collins 1964-09-14
Movie Robin and the 7 Hoods Allen A. Dale 1964-06-24
Movie The Road to Hong Kong Harry Turner 1962-01-01
Movie Let's Make Love Himself 1960-09-08
Movie Pepe Bing Crosby 1960-12-21
Movie High Time Harvey Howard 1960-09-16
Movie Alias Jesse James Bing (uncredited) 1959-03-20
Movie Say One for Me Father Conroy 1959-06-19
Movie Man on Fire Earl Carleton 1957-08-22
Movie Happy Holidays with Bing and Frank Himself 1957-12-20
Movie Anything Goes Bill Benson 1956-04-27
Movie High Tor Van Van Dorn 1956-03-10
Movie High Society C.K. Dexter-Haven 1956-07-17
Movie The Country Girl Frank Elgin 1955-05-17
Movie White Christmas Bob Wallace 1954-10-14
Movie Road to Bali George Cochran 1953-01-29
Movie Little Boy Lost Bill Wainright 1953-09-21
Movie Scared Stiff Skeleton (uncredited) 1953-04-27
Movie Just for You Jordan Blake 1952-09-27
Movie The Greatest Show on Earth Spectator (uncredited) 1952-02-16
Movie Off Limits Bing Crosby (archive footage) (uncredited) 1952-12-30
Movie Here Comes the Groom Peter 'Pete' Garvey 1951-09-20
Movie Angels in the Outfield Himself (uncredited) 1951-10-19
Movie Riding High Dan Brooks 1950-04-12
Movie Mr. Music Paul Merrick 1950-12-08
Movie Jolson Sings Again Himself (voice) (uncredited) 1949-08-17
Movie A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court Hank Martin 1949-04-18
Movie Top o' the Morning Joe Mulqueen 1949-08-31
Movie The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad Narrator (segment "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow") 1949-10-05
Movie The Emperor Waltz Virgil Smith 1948-06-07
Movie My Favorite Brunette Harry (uncredited) 1947-03-19
Movie Welcome Stranger Dr. James 'Jim' Pearson 1947-06-13
Movie Road to Rio Scat Sweeney 1947-12-25
Movie Variety Girl Hiimself 1947-08-29
Movie Road to Utopia Duke Johnson 1946-02-27
Movie Blue Skies Johnny Adams 1946-10-15
Movie The All-Star Bond Rally 1945-05-10
Movie Out of This World Herbie Fenton (singing voice) 1945-07-13
Movie Hollywood Victory Caravan Himself 1945-09-30
Movie Duffy's Tavern Bing Crosby 1945-09-28
Movie Here Come the Waves Johnny Cabot 1944-01-01
Movie The Shining Future Self 1944-04-11
Movie The Princess and the Pirate Margaret's Sweetheart (uncredited) 1944-11-10
Movie Going My Way Father Chuck O'Malley 1944-05-15
Movie Road to Victory Himself 1944-05-18
Movie Show-Business at War Himself 1943-05-21
Movie They Got Me Covered Music Box (voice) (uncredited) 1943-03-04
Movie Dixie Daniel Decatur Emmett 1943-06-23
Movie Star Spangled Rhythm Bing Crosby 1942-03-05
Movie My Favorite Blonde Man Outside Union Hall (uncredited) 1942-04-02
Movie Holiday Inn Jim Hardy 1942-07-10
Movie Road to Morocco Jeff Peters 1942-11-10
Movie Road to Zanzibar Chuck Reardon 1941-04-11
Movie Birth of the Blues Jeff Lambert 1941-11-07
Movie Swing with Bing Himself 1940-06-30
Movie Road to Singapore Joshua 'Josh' Mallon V 1940-03-22
Movie Rhythm on the River Bob Sommers 1940-08-28
Movie Paris Honeymoon 'Lucky' Lawton 1939-01-27
Movie East Side of Heaven Denny Martin 1939-04-07
Movie The Star Maker Larry Earl 1939-08-25
Movie Hollywood Handicap Himself 1938-05-28
Movie Doctor Rhythm Dr. Bill Remsen 1938-05-06
Movie Sing, You Sinners Joe Beebe 1938-09-02
Movie Waikiki Wedding Tony Marvin 1937-03-23
Movie Double Or Nothing 'Lefty' Boylan 1937-09-17
Movie Anything Goes Billy Crocker 1936-01-24
Movie Pennies from Heaven Larry Poole 1936-11-25
Movie Rhythm on the Range Jeff Larabee 1936-07-01
Movie Mississippi Tom Grayson 1935-03-22
Movie Two for Tonight Gilbert Gordon 1935-09-12
Movie The Big Broadcast of 1936 Bing 1935-09-20
Movie We're Not Dressing Stephen Jones 1934-04-27
Movie She Loves Me Not Paul Lawton 1934-08-31
Movie Here Is My Heart J. (Jasper) Paul Jones 1934-12-28
Movie Star Night at the Cocoanut Grove Himself 1934-12-01
Movie Sing, Bing, Sing Bing 1933-03-23
Movie College Humor Professor Frederick Danvers 1933-07-05
Movie Going Hollywood Bill 'Billy' Williams 1933-12-22
Movie Too Much Harmony Eddie Bronson 1933-09-23
Movie Please Howard Jones 1933-12-16
Movie Billboard Girl Bing 1932-03-20
Movie Dream House Bing Fawcett (Plumber) 1932-01-17
Movie Hollywood on Parade 1932-06-05
Movie The Big Broadcast Bing Hornsby 1932-10-14
Movie Confessions of a Co-Ed Bing 1931-07-11
Movie I Surrender Dear Bing Crosby 1931-09-13
Movie Blue of the Night Bing Crosby / Jack Smith 1931-09-13
Movie King of Jazz Trio Singer (as The Rhythm Boys) 1930-04-20
Movie Reaching for the Moon Bing 1930-12-29
Movie Two Plus Fours Bing (as The Rhythm Boys) 1930-08-18
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