Classic Bing Crosby Songs and Moments to Relive: From Movies to Inventions to “White Christmas”

It’s a little known fact, but Bing Crosby’s voice was bottled and sold and people buttered their bread with it.

I’m kidding, of course, but the idea shows just how fluid the legendary American singer and performer was.

Born May 3, 1903, Harry Lillis Crosby Jr. (aka Bing) was an American singer and actor. Today he is known as the first multimedia star and was one of the most important artists of the early 20th century.

Namely, Crosby was a top-selling record seller, radio audience, and movie seller for over 50 years, from 1926 to 1977. And he boasts one hell of a Christmas album. Crosby has also directed over 70 films and recorded over 1,600 songs. Yeah !

He’s a star and a star who preceded big names like Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, and more. In 1948 Crosby was voted “Most Admired Living Man” ahead of Jackie Robinson and Pope Pius XII.

Crosby, who died on October 14, 1977, remains one of the most indelible figures in American pop culture and a lot of that is down to his sleepy eyes and slick voice.

Here, we’ll dive into some of Crosby’s most important moments.

1. I go my way

Crosby won the Best Actor Oscar for his performance in this 1944 film. And he was nominated for its sequel, The bells of Sainte-Marie in 1945, facing Ingrid Bergman. As a result, he was the first of six actors to be nominated twice for playing the same character.

2. The Grammy Global Achievement Award

In 1963, Crosby won the first-ever Grammy Global Achievement Award for his career in songs that spanned over 1,500 records and seemingly ubiquitous radio broadcasts. The moment was so great that he even received the Frank Sinatra award.

3. The Hollywood Walk of Fame

Crosby is one of 33 people to have three, yes, three stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He earned them through his work in film, radio and song recording.

4. Working with Bob Hope

Crosby was well known in the mid-20th century for his collaborations with famed artist Bob Hope, starring in the series of Road to… movies from 1940 to 1962. For those of you who have extra time, here is one of those free movies on YouTube.

5. Recordings after the Second World War

After seeing a demonstration of a German reel-to-reel tape recorder brought to the United States, Crosby helped influence the development of recording after World War II after investing some $50,000 (not a small sum in the ‘era) into the California electronics company, Ampex, to build more. Later, he persuaded ABC to allow him to tape his shows. He then became the first artist to pre-record radio shows and to master his commercial recordings on magnetic tape.

6. The World Series

On top of all that, Crosby was part owner of Major League Baseball’s Pittsburgh Pirates. And, of course, he even succeeded in that, winning two coveted World Series with the club in 1960 and 1971. Check out this rare audio clip of Crosby announcing games!

7. Christmas King

Rumor has it Mariah Carey wants to make herself known as the Queen of Christmas. Well, long before Mariah, there was the Holiday King and his name was Bing. Check out that famous holiday track, “White Christmas,” from the crooner of all crooners below.

Bing Crosby (Photo: Courtesy of via Decca/UMe)

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