Bing Crosby

Bing Crosby

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Born Harry Lillis Crosby in 1903, Bing Crosby enjoyed a staggering career in music and film that stretched over more than half a century. As a musician he was armed with a bass-baritone voice and so much charm that he sold over a billion records and achieved international stardom, even being granted three stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Between the late 20s and late 50s he released a string of hit albums, as well as the best part of 400 singles, including Well Did You Evah? and Don’t Fence Me In. He also appeared in dozens of films, such as High Society and Last Christmas. His effortless, all-round entertainer persona went on to influence a new generation of stars, most notably Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin. Content with his output by the mid-60s, Bing withdrew from the limelight somewhat, but such was his legacy that five years after his death in 1977, he had a final UK hit single with the David Bowie duet Little Drummer Boy that they had recorded shortly before his death.

Followers: Frank Sinatra, Harry Connick Jr., Dean Martin

Influenced By: Paul Whiteman, Hoagy Carmichael, Al Jolson...

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