Bing Crosby

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Harry Lillis "Bing" Crosby Jr. (; May 3, 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 all time, having sold over one billion analog records and tapes, and digital compact discs and 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 said that he was the person who had done the most for American soldiers' morale 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.

Crosby influenced the development of the postwar recording industry. After seeing a demonstration of an early Ampex reel-to-reel tape recorder he placed a large order for their equipment and 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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Discography

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
Andrews Sisters Meet Bing Crosby Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters 1
Bing Crosby & Friends Bing Crosby 1
Bing Crosby: The Radio Years II Bing Crosby 1
Bing Crosby's Greatest Hits Bing Crosby 1
Christmas Classics Bing Crosby 1
Christmas Gold Bing Crosby 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
Gold 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
Star Portrait Bing Crosby 1
The Bing Crosby Christmas Collection Bing Crosby 1
The Bing Crosby Years 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
White Christmas 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

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

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 Temptation / We'll Make Hay While the Sun Shines Bing Crosby with Lennie Hayton & His Orchestra 1
1935 It’s Easy to Remember / Swanee River Bing Crosby with Georgie Stoll and His Orchestra 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
1944 I Love You / I'll Be Seeing You Bing Crosby with John Scott Trotter and His Orchestra 1
1944 Is You or Is You Ain’t (Ma’ Baby) / There’ll be a Hot Time in the Town of Berlin (When the Yanks Go Marching In) Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters & Vic Schoen and His Orchestra 1
1944 Poinciana (Song of the Tree) / San Fernando Valley Bing Crosby with John Scott Trotter and His Orchestra 1
1944 The Day After Forever / It Could Happen to You Bing Crosby with John Scott Trotter And His Orchestra 1
1944 Too‐Ra‐Loo‐Ra‐Loo‐Ral (That’s an Irish Lullaby) / I’ll Remember April Bing Crosby with John Scott Trotter and His Orchestra 1
1945 Along the Navajo Trail / I Can't Believe That You're in Love With Me Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters 1
1945 I Can't Begin to Tell You / I Can't Believe That You're in Love With Me Bing Crosby with Carmen Cavallaro 1
1945 It's Been a Long Long Time / Whose Dream Are You Bing Crosby with Les Paul and His Trio 1
1945 Just A Prayer Away / My Mother's Waltz Bing Crosby, Ken Darby Singers & Victor Young & His Orchestra 1
1945 On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe / I'd Rather Be Me Bing Crosby and John Scott Trotter and His Orchestra 1
1945 The Bells of St. Mary’s / I’ll Take You Home Again, Kathleen Bing Crosby with John Scott Trotter and His Orchestra 1
1945 You Belong to My Heart Bing Crosby and Xavier Cugat and His Orchestra 1
1947 Too‐Ra‐Loo‐Ra‐Loo‐Ral (That’s an Irish Lullaby) / I’ll Take You Home Again, Kathleen Bing Crosby with John Scott Trotter and His Orchestra 1
1950 I Wonder What's Become of Sally Bing Crosby 1
1950 La Vie En Rose Bing Crosby 1
1950 Mele Kalikimaka / Poppa Santa Claus Bing Crosby & Andrews Sisters with Vic Schoen and His Orchestra 2
1950 Play A Simple Melody / Sam's Song Gary Crosby and Friend with Matty Matlock's All Stars 1
1950 Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer / The Teddy Bears' Picnic Bing Crosby 1
1950 Silver Bells / That Christmas Feeling Bing Crosby 2
1951 Christmas in Killarney / It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas Bing Crosby with Jud Conlon’s Rhythmaires and John Scott Trotter and His Orchestra 1
1954 Young At Heart / (Oh Baby Mine) I Get So Lonely Bing Crosby and Guy Lombardo And His Royal Canadians 1
1956 I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day/ Christmas Is A-Comin' (May God Bless You) Bing Crosby 1
1956 True Love / Well Did You Evah? Bing Crosby 1
1959 Never Be Afraid Bing Crosby 1
1963 Do You Hear What I Hear? / Christmas Dinner Country Style Bing Crosby 1
1977 White Christmas Bing Crosby 2
1977 Peace on Earth / Little Drummer Boy David Bowie & Bing Crosby 7

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