Crosby in 1951
|Born||Harry Lillis Crosby Jr.|
May 3, 1903
|Died||October 14, 1977 (aged 74)|
Harry Lillis "Bing" Crosby Jr. (
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
Crosby won an
Crosby influenced the development of the postwar
Crosby was born on May 3, 1903 in
He was the fourth of seven children: brothers
Crosby: "Well, I'll tell you, back in the knee-britches day, when I was a wee little tyke, a mere broth of a lad, as we say in Spokane, I used to totter around the streets, with a gun on each hip, my favorite after school pastime was a game known as "
Cops and Robbers", I didn't care which side I was on, when a cop or robber came into view, I would haul out my trusty six-shooters, made of wood, and loudly exclaim bing! bing!, as my luckless victim fell clutching his side, I would shout bing! bing!, and I would let him have it again, and then as his friends came to his rescue, shooting as they came, I would shout bing! bing! bing! bing! bing! bing! bing! bing!"
Blondell: "I'm surprised the didn't call you "Killer" Crosby ! Now tell me another story, Grandpa!
Crosby: "No, so help me, its the truth, ask
Mister De Mille."
De Mille: "I'll vouch for it, Bing.
In 1917, Crosby took a summer job as property boy at Spokane's "Auditorium," where he witnessed some of the finest acts of the day, including
Crosby graduated from Gonzaga High School (today's