The Secrets Behind The Life Of A Legendary Hotshot

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Bing Crosby, the famous jack of all trades in the entertainment industry was born in 1903. His substantial voice was a warm, welcoming mixture ranging somewhere between bass and baritone. This original sound would win him awards for the best-selling recording artist of the 20th century. The artist sold over one billion records, tapes, CD’s and digital downloads around the world.

Bing was the first known  multimedia star. From 1931 to 1954, Crosby was a led the top ranks in record sales, radio ratings, and motion picture grosses. Earlier in his career, his work would (almost as if to his favor) be accompanied by the birth of the microphone. This allowed him to develop his chill, romantic singing style that influenced many of the popular male singers who followed his lead, including Perry Como, Frank Sinatra and more.

Crosby is recognized as the person who had done the most for American G.I. morale during World War II. In 1948, he was recognized as the “most admired man alive”, placing him ahead of his two prime competitors that year, Jackie Robinson and Pope Pius XII.

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In celebration of this multi-talented, timeless gem, here are some trivial facts about Bing Crosby!

  • When he was alive, Bing Crosby popularly would tell people that his birthday was May 2nd. His birthday is actually May 3rd and the name printed on his birth certificate is in fact, “Harry Lillis Crosby.”
  • Gary Crosby, the oldest son of Bing’s would never hold back in talking about Bing’s abusive fatherly ways.
  • Bing and his lover, the famous singer Dixie Lee would conceive their sons Gary Crosby, Phillip Crosby & Dennis Crosby (twins) and Lindsay Crosby.
  • He would pin his large ears back during his early films, until halfway through She Loves Me Not (1934).

  • Bing is featured in a 1941 Looney Tunes cartoon entitled, “Hollywood Steps Out” where he can be seen performing onstage for a crowd of miscellaneous celebrities of that time. You his featured debut below beginning at (3:23):

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  • From the 1940’s to the 1960’s, Bing owned 15% of the Pittsburgh Pirates baseball team. He made a cameo as part-owner of the team in Angels in the Outfield (1951).
  • Unfortunately, the children of his original marriage have all passed away. Gary died of lung cancer in 1995. Phillip died of a heart attack in 2004, having defended his father to the end. Dennis and Lindsay both committed suicide.
  • Ironically, Bing’s children from his second marriage, including his daughter/ famous actress Mary Crosby, noted him as being gentle and caring  father later on in his life.
  • He had no next to no sense in fashion, according to Bob Hope.
  • He was nicknamed “Bing” after a character named “Bingo” in the comic strip, “Bingville Bugle.”

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  • In 1998, Bing was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame.
  • Bing opened the Del Mar racetrack in Del Mar, California in 1937. He played ticket collector  at the turnstile on opening day. At the start of every racing day, his song “Where the Turf Meets the Surf” is played. The song was specifically written for Del Mar and never sold to any record companies.


“Where The Turf Meets The Surf”

Where the turf meets the surf
Down at old Del Mar
Take a plane
Take a train
Take a car.

There is a smile on every face
And a winner in each race
Where the turf meets the surf
At Del Mar.

  • Bing was the 20th century’s first multi-media entertainer: a hitmaker  on radio, a star in movies and in No. 1 billboard hits.

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  • Speaking of which, he had 38 No. 1 singles, which exceeded Elvis Presley and The Beatles.
  • His biggest hero, Louis Armstrong once described Bing’s original, calm voice as “like gold being poured out of a cup.”
  • He was also later nicknamed “Binge” Crosby because of his loving for drinking.

There are so many fun facts about Bing Crosby that it could honestly take years to recount all the memories, good and bad. On account of his birthday, do you know any fun facts about this famous Hollywood talent? Tell us in the comment section below!

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Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy is a Christmas song with an added counterpoint performed by David Bowie and Bing Crosby. “Little Drummer Boy” is a Christmas song written in 1957, while the “Peace on Earth” tune and lyrics were added to the song especially for Bowie and Crosby’s recording.

The song was recorded on 11 September for Crosby’s 1977 television special, Bing Crosby’s Merrie Olde Christmas. The pair exchanged dialogue about what they do for Christmas before singing “Little Drummer Boy” with a new counterpoint with original lyrics written for the special, “Peace on Earth”. Bowie’s appearance has been described as a “surreal” event, undertaken at a time that he was “actively trying to normalise his career” Crosby died on October 14, just over a month after recording the special. In the U.S., the show aired on 30 November 1977 on CBS.

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“Peace On Earth – Little Drummer Boy Lyrics”

Come they told me
Pa-rum-pum-pum-pum
A new born king to see
Pa-rum-pum-pum-pum
Our finest gifts we bring
Pa-rum-pum-pum-pum
Rum-pum-pum-pum
Rum-pum-pum-pum

Peace on earth, can it be
Years from now, perhaps we’ll see
See the day of glory
See the day when men of good will
Live in peace, live in peace again
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Peace on earth, can it be

Every child must be made aware
Every child must be made to care
Care enough for his fellow man
To give all the love that he can

I pray my wish will come true
For my child and your child too
He’ll see the day of glory
See the day when men of good will
Live in peace, live in peace again

Peace on earth, can it be
Can it be

Read more: David Bowie – Peace On Earth – Little Drummer Boy Lyrics | MetroLyrics

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“Together”

Frank: Well here we are the 3 of us!
Bing: Man I feel like Coco the Bird Girl up here.
Dean: They said “It couldn’t be topped.”

Frank: Now come on, this is a big moment in my life!
Bing: You’ve had a few.
Frank: This is a really fine occasion for me.
Dean: Yes it’s kinda like the meeting at the Summit!
Bing: Yea I don’t suppose this will be anything bigger than when Elvis gets back & runs into Rickey & Steven!
Frank: You mean to say that this means nothing to you boys!?
Dean: It better mean something!
Bing: Well what I think bones means is that when 3 vagrant minstrels like us get together it’s sort of a fantastic gay hoopla.
Frank: Now don’t make light of this meeting chaps; we’re together; do you realize that!
Dean: (sarcastically) Oh, I’m all choked up!
Frank: (sarcastically) Sure!

Together
All: Where ever we go, whatever we do, we are gonna go through it together!
We may not go far, but sure as a star, where ever we are it’s together!
Frank: Where ever I go, I know that he goes.
Dean: Where ever I go, I know that he goes.
Bing: No fits, no fights, no egos.
Dean: OH!
Bing & Frank: Amigos!

Together!
Too thick or too thin,
All out or all in,
Whether it’s his place or show!

Bing: With you for me.
Dean: & me for you .
Frank: We’ll muddle through whatever we do together where ever we are!

Frank: A close up of me!
Bing: & a close up of me.
All: A close up of all 3 of us together!

Frank: A high note for me!
Bing: A low note for me.
Dean: A soft note for me.
All: Sung together!

Frank: Our singing won’t win us any medallions.
Dean: More likely they’ll smack us with stallions.
Bing: I’d rather face a dozen battalions than Italians!
Dean & Frank: 2! 4! 8!
Bing: Break it up, Together.

When trouble appears,
We will stand all the fears,
Like 3 musketeers in a room!
Touché!
We may leave but we’ll return,

Bing: Like Maxine,
Dean: Patty!
Frank: & Lavern!
All: Together where ever we go!

Frank: When I feel a pain,
Dean: & I feel a pain,
Bing: I will take Novocain!
All: OUCH! Together!

Bing: If my stocks should fail.
Frank: Bite your tongue!
All: We will all go to jail, but together!
Bing: As friends we will share life’s greatest chances…
Dean & Frank: (Hmmm).
Bing: What have I got here? The Everly Brothers? The setbacks as well as the advances.
Dean & Frank: (Boo & mmm.)
And will we share each other’s romances?
Bing: Well I’ve given all my old telephone numbers to Charley Weaver.
Dean & Frank: Finances?
Bing: My book maker will love your business.
Frank: OUCH!

Too thin or too thick,
To each we will stick.
My Timex will tick and will glow!
It’s shaperol like oompapa
Dean: Like Eva!
Bing: Magna!
Frank: And ZsaZsa!

Together where ever we go!
We’ll dance together like Becker[?]
Clips to clips,
Dance like Elvis like hips to hips,
Together where ever we go! ({Repeat 3x)

Bing: (to Dean) You’re peeking!
Dean: (to Bing) I know!
Bing: (to Frank) Oh! I mean you’re peeking!

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