Bing Crosby

Born 3 May 1903. Died 14 October 1977.
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Bing Crosby is inducted into Michael Ball's Singers Hall of Fame

Jean Combellack nominates Bing Crosby for Michael Ball's Singers Hall of Fame

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Biography

Harry Lillis "Bing" Crosby, Jr. (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. His 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, 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.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of A Centennial Anthology of His Decca Recordings

    A Centennial Anthology of His Decca Recordings 2003

    Reviewed by Morag Reavley
    He might have been any Tom, Dick or Harry doing his best to make good in the 1930s and...
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