b. 3 May 1903, Tacoma, Washington, USA
d. 14 October 1977, near Madrid, Spain
Co-starred with Fred in Holiday Inn and Blue Skies
Vocal collaboration with Fred in "A Couple Of Song and Dance Men"
Fred, when asked who his favourite partner was, would often reply, "Bing Crosby," so as to avoid offending any of the women he had danced with.
Bing Crosby was the fourth of seven children of a Tacoma, Washington, brewery bookkeeper Harry Lowe Crosby and Kate Harrigan Crosby.
He became the archetypal crooner of a period when the advent of radio broadcasting and talking pictures and the refinement of sound-recording techniques made the climate ideal for the rise of such a figure. His casual stage manner and mellow, relaxed singing style influenced two generations of pop singers and made him the most successful entertainer of his day. To date, nobody has had more number one hits in American than Bing- not Sinatra, not Presley, not the Beatles. His recording of "White Christmas" is one of the highest selling records ever and continues to be played perennially.
His relaxed, low key style carried over into his movie career. He was most noted for the "Road To.." comedies made with Bob Hope and Dorothy Lamour. He won the best actor Oscar for playing an easy going priest in Going My Way. He also wrote an autobiography "Call Me Lucky," which appeared in 1953.
He appeared with Fred in two movies, "Holiday Inn" and "Blue Skies." He was billed over Fred and got the girl both times, reflecting his greater popularity and bigger star status. The two were great friends, and collaborated on an LP, "A Couple Of Song and Dance Men" in 1975. They seem to have had a good time singing songs associated with each other ("It's Easy To Remember" and "Change Partners") although perfectionist Fred did express frustration over easy-going Bing's reluctance to rehearse.
A golfaholic, he died at age 73 playing golf at a course outside Madrid, just after completing a tour of England that had included a sold-out engagement at the London Palladium.
For more information:
Steven Lewis' Bing Crosby Internet Museum
The Internet Movie Database