Bing Crosby

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Harry Lillis "Bing" Crosby (; May 3, 1903 – October 14, 1977) was an American singer and actor. The first multimedia star, Crosby was a leader in record sales, radio ratings, and motion picture grosses from 1931 to 1954. His early career coincided with recording innovations that allowed him to develop an intimate singing style that influenced many male singers who followed him, including Perry Como, Frank Sinatra, Dick Haymes, and Dean Martin. Yank magazine said that he was "the person who had done the most for the morale of overseas servicemen" during World War II. In 1948, American polls declared him the "most admired man alive", ahead of Jackie Robinson and Pope Pius XII. Also in 1948, Music Digest estimated that his 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 33 people to have three stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, in the categories of motion pictures, radio, and audio recording. He was also known for his collaborations with longtime friend Bob Hope, starring in the Road to... films from 1940 to 1962.

Crosby influenced the development of the postwar recording industry. After seeing a demonstration of a German broadcast quality reel-to-reel tape recorder brought to America by John T. Mullin, he invested $50,000 in a California electronics company called Ampex to build copies. He then convinced ABC to allow him to tape his shows. He became the first performer to pre-record his radio shows and master his commercial recordings onto magnetic tape. Through the medium of recording, he constructed his radio programs with the same directorial tools and craftsmanship (editing, retaking, rehearsal, time shifting) used in motion picture production, a practice that became an industry standard. In addition to his work with early audio tape recording, he helped to finance the development of videotape, bought television stations, bred racehorses, and co-owned the Pittsburgh Pirates baseball team.

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Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2010 Seasons (The Closing Chapter) Bing Crosby 1
2010 So Rare - Treasures from the Crosby Archive Bing Crosby 1
2011 Bing Crosby Christmas Bing Crosby 1
2012 Bing Bing Crosby 1
2012 Celebrate Christmas With Bing Crosby Bing Crosby 1
2012 White Christmas - Let It Snow! Bing Crosby 1
2012 Celebrate Christmas Frank Sinatra & Bing Crosby 1
2012 Coleção Folha grandes vozes, Volume 21: Bing Crosby Bing Crosby 1
2012 Christmas Bing Crosby 1
2013 A White Christmas Bing Crosby 1
2013 Bing Crosby Sings for the Armed Forces Radio Service Bing Crosby 1
2013 Bing Sings the Johnny Mercer Songbook Bing Crosby 1
2013 Le Bing - Song Hits of Paris Bing Crosby 1
2014 Bing Crosby Rediscovered - The Soundtrack Bing Crosby 1
2015 Stars of Musicals: The Greatest Musical Songs Various Artists featuring Judy Garland, Gene Kelly, Marilyn Monroe, Michael Crawford, John Barrowman & Bing Crosby 1
2017 Among My Souvenirs: More Treasures from the Crosby Archive Bing Crosby 1
"A Little Bit Of Irish" Bing Crosby 1
A Bing Crosby Christmas Bing Crosby 1 1
A Collection of Classics Bing Crosby 1
A Portrait Of Bing Crosby 1
A Visit to the Movies Bing Crosby 1
An Evening With Bing and Friends Bing Crosby 1
Andrews Sisters Meet Bing Crosby Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters 1
Bing Crosby Bing Crosby 1
Bing Crosby & Friends Bing Crosby 1
Bing Crosby: The Radio Years II Bing Crosby 1
Christmas Classics Bing Crosby 1
Christmas Gold Bing Crosby 1
Christmas Wishes Bing Crosby and The Roger Wagner Chorale 1
Christmas With Bing Crosby Bing Crosby 1
Christmas With Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra Bing Crosby & Frank Sinatra 1
Classics Bing Crosby 1
Duets With Friends Bing Crosby 1
Everything I Have Is Yours Bing Crosby 1
Greatest Hits - Original Recordings 1934-1943 (disc 1) Bing Crosby 1
His Greatest Hits of the 30's Bing Crosby 1
His Greatest Hits of the 40's Bing Crosby 1
Legends Bing Crosby 1
Let It Snow Nat King Cole, Bing Crosby, Lena Horne & Dean Martin 1
Portrait of Bing Crosby Bing Crosby 1
Remember Me Bing Crosby 1
Revival Bing Crosby 1
The Bing Crosby Christmas Collection Bing Crosby 1
The Bing Crosby Years Bing Crosby 1
The Christmas Anthology Bing Crosby 1
The Christmas Collection: The Best of Bing Crosby Bing Crosby 1
The Chronological Bing Crosby, Volume 7: 1929-30 Bing Crosby 1
The Chronological Bing Crosby, Volume 16: 1934-35 Bing Crosby 1
The Chronological Bing Crosby, Volume 29: 1940 Bing Crosby 1
The Chronological Bing Crosby, Volume 32: 1941 - 42 Bing Crosby 1
The Chronological Bing Crosby, Volume 33: 1942 Bing Crosby 1
The EP Collection Bing Crosby 1
The Essential: Bing Crosby Bing Crosby 2
The Famous Voices Ray Charles / Bing Crosby / Frank Sinatra 1
The Great Bing Crosby III Bing Crosby 1
Where the Blue of the Night Bing Crosby 1

Album + Compilation + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1996 Rosie & Bing Rosemary Clooney & Bing Crosby 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1988 Bing & Louis LIVE Bing Crosby & Louis Armstrong 1
1994 WWII Radio Broadcasts: April 13th and June 15th, 1944 Bing Crosby 1
1994 WWII Radio Broadcasts: January 18th and 25th, 1945 Bing Crosby 1
2001 Bing Crosby Live - London Palladium 50th Anniversary Concert Bing Crosby 1
2003 Hit the Road With Bing and Bob Bob Hope & Bing Crosby 1
2006 EMI Comedy: Bing Crosby and Bob Hope Bing Crosby & Bob Hope 1
2010 Armed Forces Radio Service Basic Library Plus Philco Radio Time Bing Crosby 1
Judy Garland in Holland Vol. 3 Judy Garland & Bing Crosby 1

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1942 Song Hits From the Paramount Picture Holiday Inn Bing Crosby / Fred Astaire 2
1945 Selections From Leo McCarey’s The Bells of St. Mary’s Bing Crosby 1
1945 Selections From the Paramount Production Going My Way Bing Crosby 1
1952 Theme and Songs From The Quiet Man Bing Crosby / Victor Young and His Orchestra 1
"A Little Bit of Irish" and More! Bing Crosby 1

Single

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1931 Out of Nowhere / If You Should Ever Need Me (You’ll Always Find Me Here) Bing Crosby 1
1931 Just a Gigolo / Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams (and Dream Your Troubles Away) Bing Crosby 1
1931 Dancing in the Dark / Stardust Bing Crosby 1
1933 Blue Prelude / Down the Old Ox Road Bing Crosby with Jimmie Grier and his Orchestra 1
1933 Temptation / We'll Make Hay While the Sun Shines Bing Crosby with Lennie Hayton & His Orchestra 1
1934 Love in Bloom / Straight From the Shoulder Bing Crosby Vocal With Irving Aaronson And His Commanders 1
1935 It’s Easy to Remember / Swanee River Bing Crosby with Georgie Stoll and His Orchestra 1
1935 Love in Bloom / Give Me a Heart to Sing To Bing Crosby With Irving Aaronson And His Commanders 1
1936 I’m an Old Cowhand (From the Rio Grande) / I Can’t Escape From You Bing Crosby with Jimmy Dorsey and his Orchestra 1
1936 Let’s Call a Heart a Heart / Pennies From Heaven Bing Crosby with Georgie Stoll and his Orchestra 1
1937 Basin Street Blues / Bob White (Watcha Gonna Swing Tonight?) Bing Crosby and Connee Boswell 1
1937 Sweet Leilani / Blue Hawaii Bing Crosby with Lani McIntire and his Hawaiians 1
1938 I’ve Got a Pocketful of Dreams / A Blues Serenade Bing Crosby 1
1940 I Haven’t Time to Be a Millionaire / April Played the Fiddle Bing Crosby with John Scott Trotter and His Orchestra 1
1940 New San Antonio Rose / It Makes No Difference Now Bing Crosby With Bob Crosby & His Dixieland Bob Cats 1
1940 Only Forever / When the Moon Comes Over Madison Square Or (The Love Lament of a Western Gent) Bing Crosby with John Scott Trotter and His Orchestra 2
1940 The Pessimistic Character (With the Crab Apple Face) / Meet the Sun Half Way Bing Crosby 1
1940 Tumbling Tumbleweeds / The Singing Hills Bing Crosby 1
1940 Yours Is My Heart Alone / Beautiful Dreamer Bing Crosby 1
1941 Anniversary Waltz / Yours Is My Heart Alone Bing Crosby 1
1941 Shepherd Serenade / The Anniversary Waltz Bing Crosby, Victor Young, Harry Sosnik 1
1942 Deep in the Heart of Texas / Let's All Meet at My House Bing Crosby with Woody Herman and His Woodchoppers 1
1942 Silent Night, Holy Night / Adeste Fideles Bing Crosby 1
1942 White Christmas Bing Crosby 1
1943 Pistol Packin’ Mama / Vict’ry Polka Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters with Vic Schoen and His Orchestra 1
1943 I'll Be Home for Christmas (If Only in My Dreams) / Danny Boy Bing Crosby with John Scott Trotter and his Orchestra 1
1943 Sunday, Monday or Always Bing Crosby with The Ken Darby Singers 1
1944 Going My Way / Swinging on a Star Bing Crosby with John Scott Trotter and His Orchestra 1
1944 Amor / Long Ago (And Far Away) Bing Crosby with John Scott Trotter and His Orchestra 1
1944 Don't Fence Me In / The Three Caballeros Bing Crosby and The Andrews Sisters with Vic Schoen and His Orchestra 1

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