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Harry Lillis Crosby, Jr.
May 2, 1903
Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
|Died||October 14, 1977
Alcobendas, Madrid, Spain
|Cause of death||Heart attack|
|Resting place||Holy Cross Cemetery, Culver City, California, U.S.|
|Home town||Spokane, Washington|
Harry Lillis "Bing" Crosby, Jr. (May 2, 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 the 20th century, having sold over one billion records, tapes, compact discs and digital downloads around the world.
The first multimedia star, from 1931 to 1954 Crosby was a leader in record sales, radio ratings, and motion picture grosses. His early career coincided with technical recording innovations such as the microphone. 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, Dick Haymes, 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, American 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 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 opposite Ingrid Bergman the next year, becoming the first of six actors to be nominated twice for playing the same character. In 1963, Crosby received the first Grammy Global Achievement Award. He is one of the 22 people to have three stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (a star for motion pictures, radio, and audio recording).
|Bing Crosby: Grammy Hall of Fame|
|Year Recorded||Title||Genre||Label||Year Inducted||Notes|
|1942||"White Christmas"||Traditional Pop (single)||Decca||1974||With the Ken Darby Singers|
|1944||"Swinging on a Star"||Traditional Pop (single)||Decca||2002||With the Williams Brothers Quartet|
|1936||"Pennies from Heaven"||Traditional Pop (single)||Decca||2004|
|1944||"Don't Fence Me In"||Traditional Pop (single)||Decca||1998||With the Andrews Sisters|
|1945||Academy Awards||Best Actor in a Leading Role||Going My Way||Won|
|1946||Academy Awards||Best Actor in a Leading Role||The Bells of St. Mary's||Nominated|
|1955||Academy Awards||Best Actor in a Leading Role||The Country Girl||Nominated|
|1952||Golden Globes||Best Motion Picture Actor||Here Comes the Groom||Nominated|
|1960||Golden Globes||Cecil B. DeMille Award||—||Won|
|1958||Laurel Awards||Golden Laurel Top Male Star||—||Nominated|
|1959||Laurel Awards||Golden Laurel Top Male Star||—||Nominated|
|1960||Laurel Awards||Golden Laurel Top Male Performance||Say One for Me||Nominated|
|1961||Laurel Awards||Golden Laurel Top Male Star||—||Nominated|
|1962||Laurel Awards||Golden Laurel Special Award||—||Won|
|1954||National Board of Review||Best Actor||The Country Girl||Won|
|1944||New York Film Critics Circle Awards||Best Actor||Going My Way||Won|
|1970||Peabody Awards||Personal Award||—||Won|
|1944||Photoplay Awards||Most Popular Male Star||—||Won|
|1945||Photoplay Awards||Most Popular Male Star||—||Won|
|1946||Photoplay Awards||Most Popular Male Star||—||Won|
|1947||Photoplay Awards||Most Popular Male Star||—||Won|
|1948||Photoplay Awards||Most Popular Male Star||—||Won|
|1960||Hollywood Walk of Fame||Radio||6769 Hollywood Blvd.||Inducted|
|1960||Hollywood Walk of Fame||Recording||6751 Hollywood Blvd.||Inducted|
|1960||Hollywood Walk of Fame||Motion Picture||1611 Vine Street.||Inducted|
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