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Bing Crosby

Bing Crosby
Bing Crosby 1930s.jpg
1930s publicity photo
Born Harry Lillis Crosby, Jr.
(1903-05-02)May 2, 1903
Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
Died October 14, 1977(1977-10-14) (aged 74)
Alcobendas, Madrid, Spain
Cause of death Heart attack
Resting place Holy Cross Cemetery, Culver City, California, U.S.
Occupation
  • Singer
  • actor
Years active 1926–1977
Home town Spokane, Washington
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Website bingcrosby.com

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
Year Award Category Project Result
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

  • Singer
  • actor
  • Richliano, James (2002). Angels We Have Heard: The Christmas Song Stories. Chatham, New York: Star Of Bethlehem Books. ISBN .  Includes a chapter on Crosby's involvement in the making of "White Christmas," and an interview with record producer Ken Barnes.
  • Thomas, Nick (2011). Raised by the Stars: Interviews with 29 Children of Hollywood Actors. McFarland. ISBN .  Includes an interview with Crosby's son, Harry, and daughter, Mary.
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