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Bing Crosby Centenary


judysyracuse
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Hopefully the webmaster'll share this information with the 'decision makers' at TCM...

 

May 3, 2003, is the 100th birthday of Bing Crosby and it would be TERRIFIC if TCM, and its ever-knowledgeable host Robert Osborn, would consider making Bing its May "Star of the Month". Here is some interesting information:

 

Bing Crosby - A Statistical Analysis

? Gary Giddins, ?Bing Crosby: A Pocketful of Dreams - the Early Years 1903-1940?

 

* He was the first full-time vocalist ever signed to an orchestra.

 

* He made more studio recordings than any other singer in history.

 

* He made the most popular record ever, ?White Christmas,? the only single to make American pop charts twenty times, every year but one between 1942 and 1952. In 1998, after a long absence, his 1947 version hit the charts in Britain.

 

* Between 1927 and 1962 he scored 368 charted records under his own name, plus twenty-eight as a vocalist with various bandleaders, for a total of 396. No one else has come close; compare Paul Whiteman (220), Frank Sinatra (209), Elvis Presley (149), Glenn Miller (129), Nat ?King? Cole (118), Louis Armstrong (85), the Beatles (68).

 

* He scored the most number one hits ever, 38, compared with 24 by the Beatles and 18 by Presley.

 

* In 1960 he received a platinum record as First Citizen of the Record Industry for having sold 200 million discs, a number that doubled by 1980.

 

* Between 1915 and 1980 he was the only motion-picture star to rank as the number one box-office attraction five times (1944-48). Between 1934 and 1954 he scored in the top ten fifteen times.

 

* ?Going My Way? was the highest-grossing film in the history of Paramount Pictures until 1947; ?The Bells of St. Mary?s? was the highest-grossing film in the history of RKO Pictures until 1947.

 

* He was nominated for an Academy Award for best actor three times and won for ?Going My Way?.

 

* He was a major radio star longer than any other performer, from 1931 until 1954 on network, 1954 until 1962 in syndication.

 

* He appeared on approximately 4,000 radio broadcasts, nearly 3,400 of them his own programs, and single-handedly changed radio from a live-performance to a canned or recorded medium by presenting, in 1946, the first transcribed network show on WABC - thereby making that also-ran network a major force.

 

* He financed and popularized the development of tape, revolutionizing the recording industry.

 

* He created the first and longest-running celebrity pro-am golf championship, playing host for thirty-five years, raising millions in charity, and was the central figure in the development of the Del Mar racetrack in California.

 

* He made the largest number of V-discs and army broadcasts of any American entertainer and raised $14.5 million in war bonds (a ?Yank? magazine poll declared him the individual who had done more for GI morale during World War II).

 

For more information on Bing Crosby, check the Crosby Internet Museum at:

http://www.kcmetro.edu/~crosby/

 

and for information on Bing's Birthday Bash at Gonzaga University, Bing's alma mater, see:

http://guweb2.gonzaga.edu/bing/

 

 

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Judy that certainly is a fine accessment of Da Bingle. He sure was Mr. Entertainment since he practically did all aspects of show business.

Of course his recording of "White Christmas" is a classic and I believe the best selling record of all time.

He was wonderful in "Going My Way" and "The Country Girl"as well as in all those road films with Bob Hope.

The only fly in the ointment is his role as lousy father and husband during first marriage.

 

Mongo

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Hi Judy,

It is nice to see some appreciation of Bing on this board finally. So he was not the "classic" actor so loved on this board, but no one was a bigger box office draw during the late 30's to mid 40's. He excelled in the movies, radio, music, television, and entertaining our troops. Bing influenced most (if not all) of the singers that followed, Sinatra, Martin, Como, et al. Yet people can't seem to get past that he was allegedly a bad father. How many entertainers are good parents, especially back in the 30, 40', 50's when travel was not as easy or fast as it is today. Of course he was away from home for long periods of times and when home still not free to just spend at home with the family. The book by his son Gary, has over time shown not be as horrible as the publishing company advertised it (surprise surprise). See this link for good information

http://www.kcmetro.cc.mo.us/pennvalley/biology/lewis/crosby/perspect.htm.

 

Anyway, enough defending Bing Crosby, as he really does not need defending. I hope a few of you watch the following on May 2 and get to see one of the top entertainers of all time.

 

Going Hollywood (1933)

The Bells Of St. Mary's (1945)

High Society (1956)

Man On Fire (1957)

The Road To Hong Kong (1962)

 

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