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Bing Crosby: Not Only 'White Christmas' -- With 19 Music Videos

On the Road Again

Bing Crosby on the road with Bob Hope and Dorothy Lamour.

Bing Crosby on the road with Bob Hope and Dorothy Lamour.

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Harry Lillis 'Bing' Crosby

Harry Lillis 'Bing' Crosby

"Bing only at Christmas is like the Beatles only as Sgt. Pepper's Band!"-- Arne Fogel, prominent upper Midwest singer, musician and entertainment historian (and a huge Bing Crosby fan.)

A Small Note on a Big Star

Harry Lillis “Bing” Crosby was a mega star from the early ‘30s until he collapsed and died as he walked off a golf course in Spain in 1977. He rose to fame quickly after he was hired by Paul Whiteman, the nation’s most popular orchestra leader, gaining recognition and fame with the Rhythm Boys, including Bing's childhood friend singer Al Rinker, and singer/songwriter/pianist Harry Barris.

Bing got a jump start in movies when Mack Sennett signed him up, resulting in six short musical-comedy films in which he excelled. He was quickly signed up by CBS Radio chief William Paley in 1931 for his own radio show. He was a huge star on radio and was ubiquitous there until 1962. Meanwhile he became the top box office star in movies. He was No. 1 for five straight years in the early '40s and was featured in some five dozen movies. Crosby won the Academy Award as Best Actor in 1944 for “Going My Way.”

Most Popular Recording Artist

"Der Bingle" was not only big in movies, he was simultaneously the most popular recording artist in the first half of the last century, charting more than 300 records – with more Number One records than any other recording artist. His No. 1 hits include “My Blue Heaven,” “Ol’ Man River, “Out of Nowhere,” “Just One More Chance,” “Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?,” “Love in Bloom,” “June in January,” “Pennies From Heaven,” “White Christmas” (the largest selling single in history) and “Don’t Fence Me In.”

An avid golfer, fisherman and hunter, Crosby earned 23 gold records and two platinum discs (for “White Christmas” and “Silent Night.”) He performed with countless singers, including the Andrews Sisters, Louis Armstrong, Al Jolson and Crosby's oldest son, Gary (Sam’s Song/Play a Simple Melody.)

Some of Bing's Movies

A sampling of his movies: “The Big Broadcast” of 1932, “Going Hollywood,” “We’re Not Dressing,” “Mississippi,” “Anything Goes,” “Pennies From Heaven,” “Holiday Inn,” “The Bells of St. Mary’s,” “Blue Skies,” “Welcome Stranger,” “The Emperor Waltz,” “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court,” “Little Boy Lost,” “White Christmas,” “The Country Girl,” “High Society,” “Robin and the Seven Hoods,” and “Stagecoach” -- as well as "Road to Singapore" and six other “road” pictures with Bob Hope and Dorothy Lamour.

Youtube Selections

Below are some youtube selections that demonstrate Bing’s talents better than any words.

Bing Crosby Sings for Troops at 'Stage Door Canteen' Opening

Bing Crosby sings for Allied troops at the opening of the stage door canteen in Piccadilly, London, England." Pearson, August 31, 1944.

Bing Crosby sings for Allied troops at the opening of the stage door canteen in Piccadilly, London, England." Pearson, August 31, 1944.

See more about Bing Crosby on my blog . . . Click Here

Bing Crosby Sings 'My Ideal'

Bing Crosby Sings 'The One Rose' (That's Left in My Heart)

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Bing Crosby -- Legends in Concert

Bing Crosby With The Andrews Sisters: 'Pistol Packin' Mama'

Bing Crosby and Rich Little Sing a Medley

Bing Crosby Sings 'Once in a While'

Bing Crosby Sings 'Beautiful Girl'

Bing Crosby Sings 'The Four Winds and the Seven Seas'

Bing Crosby Sings 'Ghost Riders in the Sky'

Bing Crosby Sings 'Gone Fishin'' With Louis Armstrong

Bing Crosby Sings 'Swinging on a Star'

Bing Crosby Sings 'Danny Boy'

Bing Crosby Sings 'Just a Gigolo' and 'I Surrender Dear'

Bing Crosby Sings 'Brother, Can You Spare a Dime'

Bing Crosby Sings 'Too-Ra-Loo-Ra-Loo-Ra'

Bing Crosby Sings 'Moonlight Becomes You'

Bing Crosby and David Bowie Sing 'Little Drummer Boy'

The Edsel Show - CBS-TV (October 13, 1957)

Bing Crosby Sings 'White Christmas'


William F Torpey (author) from South Valley Stream, N.Y. on June 27, 2017:

Thank you, Lea Lova. Just click on the video to see it. Bing was the best (for decades!)

Lea Lova from USA on June 26, 2017:

1930s maybe I need guidance to see all your videos, but I enjoy your writing ... :D :D

William F Torpey (author) from South Valley Stream, N.Y. on June 24, 2016:

Thanks, Jodah. Bing was the best.

John Hansen from Australia (Gondwana Land) on June 23, 2016:

A good tribute hub to a great singer. I still have a handful of 78's of Bing singing "Swinging on a Star", "Paper Moon", "Danny Boy" etc and his "White Christmas" album. He was a terrific actor too.

William F Torpey (author) from South Valley Stream, N.Y. on May 09, 2013:

I'm glad you enjoyed the hub, RonElFran. Bing is No. 1 in my book. That's why I've written extensively about him in my other hubs and my blog (and why I include so many youtube videos of his songs.) I appreciate your comment.

Ronald E Franklin from Mechanicsburg, PA on May 09, 2013:

Bing Crosby is one of my favorites. Anytime one of his movies is broadcast, I'm sure to enjoy it. Styles come and go, but Bing's great voice and likeable persona still hold up today. So, thanks for an enjoyable hub.

William F Torpey (author) from South Valley Stream, N.Y. on May 05, 2013:

Thanks for the visit, Cogerson. I just re-read your Crosby hub. I admire your ability to dig out all the old information about Bing and his movies. I'm glad to see the facelift. I'm doing OK, just slowing down a bit as Father Time takes his toll. I voted your Crosby hub up and awesome as well (because it is!)

UltimateMovieRankings from Virginia on May 05, 2013:

A return visit to this excellent hub is once again informative and educational. This is my place to go when I think about the Bowie/Crosby duet. Hope things have been going well for you....not sure if you are interested but I finally after almost 2 years gave my Bing Crosby hub a facelift.

Voted up and awesome.

William F Torpey (author) from South Valley Stream, N.Y. on November 03, 2011:

And he just loved to sing, Woody Marx. I could listen to Bing Crosby sing for hours at a time -- and I often do, especially now that I can listen to him on while I'm working on the computer. Bing is he best.

Woody Marx from Ontario, Canada on November 03, 2011:

When Bing sings 'Pennies from Heaven' in the movie it sends tingles down my spine. Like Sinatra he was born to sing.

William F Torpey (author) from South Valley Stream, N.Y. on June 19, 2011:

That's very nice, AEvans. I'm delighted that Bing and I -- and your grandparents -- were able to touch your heart today.

Julianna from SomeWhere Out There on June 19, 2011:

I enjoy Bing Crosby and after reviewing the movies that you wrote about, I have also seen many of those through the years. I wish that all that I loved were still with us here on earth, you made me feel just like a child again. Visiting my grandparents was wonderful, thank you! :)

William F Torpey (author) from South Valley Stream, N.Y. on May 08, 2011:

Thanks to my Uncle Johnny Torpey I listened to Bing's records regularly in the 1940's, ethel smith. We had lots of Crosby records, including the original 1942 version of "White Christmas" with another of my personal favorites on the flip side, "One Minute to Midnight." I still remember the first Bing Crosby record I ever purchased with my own money (as a boy): "The Four Winds and the Seven Seas." Belatedly, I'm adding it now to this hub. Thanks for the nice comment.

Ethel Smith from Kingston-Upon-Hull on May 08, 2011:

His 78 records were played aropund our home so much when we were kids. He was very underated in the 60s and 70s. Fashions changed but now he sounds evergreen again

William F Torpey (author) from South Valley Stream, N.Y. on December 07, 2010:

I hope everyone enjoys the great music of Bing Crosby during the Christmas season, Trish_M. Bing truly was -- and still is -- "Mr. Christmas." For many decades you could hear his Christmas songs just about everywhere you went. But as this hub notes, Bing Crosby wasn't just Christmas music. I hope those who want to know more about Bing will take a look at my blog (there's a link by the poll above.) Thanks, again.

Tricia Mason from The English Midlands on December 06, 2010:

Now that December is here, I think that this hub should be brought to the fore :)

William F Torpey (author) from South Valley Stream, N.Y. on November 12, 2010:

Amen, Nelkane, and thank you.

Nelkane on November 12, 2010:

Bing Crosby ,the greatest talent of the 20th Century. Bing is of course the voice of Christmas,but please do your self a favor and listen to the Bing of the 1930's-1940's.....nobody sang better,and I dare say no one ever will.

Bing's talent as an actor,is on display in many films; The Road Pictures,Pennies From Heaven.Little Boy Lost,Going My Way,Bells of ST.Mary's,Dr.Cooks Garden,and his finest performance....The Country Girl(should of won the academy award).Bing's musical and movie legacy is available on CD's and DVD's check him out,a talent like Bing comes this way but once.

William F Torpey (author) from South Valley Stream, N.Y. on November 06, 2010:

I can't tell you, Anath, how happy I am that you enjoyed learning more about Bing Crosby than just his rendition of "White Christmas." It has been my goal to bring the talents of "Der Bingle" to the younger generations (any contemporaries to Bing already know him well.) I truly appreciate your comment.

Anath on November 06, 2010:

Beautiful hub, a great discovery. White Christmas is one of my favourite Christmas songs, so it is really nice to know more about Bing Crosby and his career. Thanks for an entertaining read!

William F Torpey (author) from South Valley Stream, N.Y. on November 06, 2010:

I'm glad you enjoyed the clips and the music, Russ. This time of year Bing Crosby's Christmas movies and his music receive a lot of attention, but I keep hoping people will dig a little deeper into Bing's repetoire. Sirius Radio has been featuring Bing's Christmas music for the past few years, but there are other sources on the Web where Bing's other work can be found, including and

Russ on November 05, 2010:

Bill, Always enjoyed Bing's Movies Holiday Inn, White Christmas, & The Road Movies with Bob Hope. I listen to Sinatra on Sirius Radio & Bing's music is played as part of the format, always enjoyed Gone fishing with Sach Mo also. Thanks for putting this out there, really enjoyed the clips & the music I used to make fun of my parents for. Funny how we turn into our parents.

William F Torpey (author) from South Valley Stream, N.Y. on October 05, 2010:

Thanks for your wonderful comment, Jane Bovary. You have brightened up my day. It's always great to see Bing Crosby recognized for his incredible voice and superb talent. I used to sing "Moonlight Becomes You" to my wife when we were dating. Bing sang it in "Road to Morocco" in the '40s when his voice was smooth as silk.

Jane Bovary from The Fatal Shore on October 05, 2010:

These music hubs are terrific William. I can't tell you how much I enjoyed "Just a Gigolo"...what a beautiful song."Moonlight Becomes You" is pretty gorgeous too.

There's probably no other song that so conjures the devastation of the Depression as "Brother can you Spend a Dime". Just great.

I loved Bing when he teamed up with Bob in those old *On the Road* movies...they really highlighted Bings casual style as well as his comic talent.


William F Torpey (author) from South Valley Stream, N.Y. on September 28, 2010:

It's true, Bing and Frank actually got along great together, Anna Marie Bowman. Frank was the young up-and-coming star while Bing was long established and they each played their roles well. When they got together there was some of the same kind of banter that was so well-known as that between Bing and Bob Hope. In those days, the skinny kid from Hoboken was a true crooner (before his early '50s comeback)and Bing was settling in as the "old groaner." Both entertainment giants settled gracefully into their new roles as aging singers as the musical world turned topsy-turvy with the Beatles and Elvis Presley and Rock 'n Roll. There wasn't really any fierce competition between them. Their careers were actually quite similar.

Anna Marie Bowman from Florida on September 28, 2010:

I just watched a documentary on Frank Sinatra, and it talked about how close him and Bing were. Bing Crosby was actually Frank's idol, as well. It played a few of the songs they did together. It was great to see!! I am a huge Bing Crosby fan!!! I absolutely love his duet of 'The Little Drummer Boy' with David Bowie.

William F Torpey (author) from South Valley Stream, N.Y. on August 04, 2010:

I loved Frank Sinatra, especially early in his career (in the '40s mostly), but Bing Crosby has always been my idol. Thanks for the comment and for linking to your new Sinatra hub -- and for the nice compliment. I've got to rush off to the golf course now, but I'll be checking out your hubs soon.

Audrey Hunt from Pahrump NV on August 03, 2010:

I just finished a hub about Frank Sinatra and am "linking" to your hub about "Bing". I hope it sends you some traffic. An excellent piece about Crosby. Thank you. Vote a big up!

William F Torpey (author) from South Valley Stream, N.Y. on March 08, 2010:

I'm very impressed that your dad was such a big Bing Crosby fan. Nat King Cole is one of my favorites as well (He's on my hub that features videos of all my favorite vocalists.) I'll be your dad was a member of International Club Crosby (Bing's fan club) and a subscriber to "Bing" magazine. I'm always delighted to see another Bing fan. I also try to bring Bing to the younger generations through my torpeyhour blog.

Tricia Mason from The English Midlands on March 08, 2010:

As I said, we love Bing Crosby in our family & we have lots of his CDs. My Dad was a big fan and we played 'Where the Blue of the Night ...' at his funeral ~ along with Nat King Cole's 'Unforgettable'.

William F Torpey (author) from South Valley Stream, N.Y. on March 06, 2010:

You have good taste, De Greek. Bing Crosby was (and is) loved by millions -- and for good reason. As I'm sure you know, he was not only a great singer and show business personality, but a good man, too. His family has finally taken an interest in keeping his legacy alive so I expect you'll be hearing a lot more of him (and about him) in the coming days and years. The family site is for those who want to know more.

De Greek from UK on March 06, 2010:

Loved the man from childhood on :-)

William F Torpey (author) from South Valley Stream, N.Y. on January 15, 2010:

Your family obviously has very good taste in music. Thanks for commenting, Trish.

Tricia Mason from The English Midlands on January 15, 2010:

We are big fans of Bing Crosby in our family.

William F Torpey (author) from South Valley Stream, N.Y. on January 03, 2010:

I never heard a negative thing about Bing Crosby until his son, Gary, wrote "Going My own Way" in 1983. All the Crosby boys from his first marriage with Dixie Lee had difficult lives, but Gary eventually admitted his book exaggerated quite a bit. Bing was indeed a great human being, and his memory and talents will live forever. I'm glad that you join me in celebrating Bing's life. Thanks.

lisadpreston from Columbus, Ohio on January 03, 2010:

Thanks for the memories. Bing was truly great. Reminds me of a time when you had to have talent to become a singer. The funny thing about Bing is that you , or at least I, never heard in the media anything negative about him. Amazing that he could reach stardom and not have to have the publicity of drinking and whoring around, which seems to add to the fame of our so called stars today. This proves how remarkable he really was. A great human being. Thank you for keeping his memory alive.

William F Torpey (author) from South Valley Stream, N.Y. on January 02, 2010:

Thanks for the nice comment, Peggy. Back in the 1930's and 1940's just about everybody tried to sing like Bing Crosby from celebrities like Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Perry Como, Mel Torme, etc., and virtually anyone who could warble in the shower. I even sang "White Christmas" at our Christmas parties every year (with sincere apologies to Bing!) My father, who played piano, and his brothers Tommy, Willie and Johnny were all huge Crosby fans. I've also written about Bing on my blog:

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on January 02, 2010:

We have a friend that sings Bing Crosby songs and sounds amazingly like the real Bing Crosby. Loved everything about Bing Crosby...the songs he made popular, the movies in which he starred, etc. Thanks for making this hub.

Happy New Year!

William F Torpey (author) from South Valley Stream, N.Y. on December 19, 2009:

You obviously have excellent taste in music and musicians, The Old Firm. In 1949 Bing narrated the animated version of "The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad," based on Washington Irving's "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow." To insure that I have a good Christmas, I plan to pull out the color version CD issued last year of "Holiday Inn." My godson was married only two weeks ago in the Shadow of Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Sleepy Hollow (Tarrytown)New York. I always think of the Headless Horseman when I drive by that cemetery.

Merry Christmas to you TOF, and a Happy New Year as well.

The Old Firm from Waikato/Bay Of Plenty, New Zealand on December 19, 2009:

When I was DJing on the local community radio station a couple of years ago I used to give the Old Groaner a fair amount of air time. (He was on the computer and I have CDs and tapes of him as well.)

I remember hearing him telling children's stories on the wireless when I was a kid. "The Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow" is one that comes to mind.

Have a good Christmas William F.


William F Torpey (author) from South Valley Stream, N.Y. on December 16, 2009:

Thanks for the nice comment, Tom. Bing sure was a class guy!

William F Torpey (author) from South Valley Stream, N.Y. on December 16, 2009:

I'm glad you liked the hub, maven101. Nathaniel apparently was involved with golf club manufacturing companies and golf real estate, according to Wikipedia.

Tom Cornett from Ohio on December 16, 2009:

The guy who could sing in a whisper and make the world smile. He was an amazing entertainer with a voice I can still hear in memories. He simply had class.

You wrote a wonderful tribute....thanks. :)

Larry Conners from Northern Arizona on December 16, 2009:

Wonderful trip down memory lane...The videos are great !!...

Whatever happened to his son, Nathanial ? I remember he was going for his PGA card and played in a number of tournaments...He hosted the " Clambake " for a while after Bing's death, then disappeared after AT&T took over the sponsership... Larry

William F Torpey (author) from South Valley Stream, N.Y. on December 15, 2009:

Thanks, Kevin. As I'm sure you know, Bing was a golf enthusiast and a near scratch golfer. He was born in Tacoma but grew up in Spokane and attended Gonzaga University. His radio programs were great. My Uncle Willie, who was a huge Bing fan -- as was my Uncle Johnny, left whole bagful of audio tapes of his radio shows. I hope they eventually become available on the Web.

Georgiakevin from Central Georgia on December 15, 2009:

Wonderful hub! Bing Crosby went to Gonzaga in Spokane WA. I went to school in Pullman WA so was near to Spokane. 2 of my children were born there. I later moved to Monterey County in CA near Pebble beach golf course where he staged his annual Pro golfing tournament. I have enjoyed old radio programs of his and old movies he was in for years. Your hub was especially appealing to me.

William F Torpey (author) from South Valley Stream, N.Y. on December 15, 2009:

Your comment is very much appreciated, compu-smart, particularly because the reason I create such hubs is to help people unfamiliar with Bing Crosby to know and appreciate how good he was and how big a star he was. While he was alive and entertaining you would find it very difficult to find anyone who didn't love him and his work. The videos show much of his talent, but there's more to be discovered by the uninitiated including his movies, his extensive work with other stars and his role in raising the spirits of our troops in World War II.

Tony Sky from London UK on December 15, 2009:

A fantastic hub william! I know how much Bing Crosby means to you and thanks to you and your education about Bing Crosbys life in various hubs of yours, which has showed me that he really was such a great, fantastic and very much loved star!

Loved the videos


William F Torpey (author) from South Valley Stream, N.Y. on December 14, 2009:

I keep hoping, SweetiePie, that more youngsters will discover Bing's exceptional talents. I'm sure that if they heard more of his music, his performances on radio and television, and his viewed some of his many movies they would admire him as much as I do. Bing is not only one of my favorites, but he No. 1 in my book. Thanks for your nice comment.

SweetiePie from Southern California, USA on December 14, 2009:

Bing Crosby was a phenomenal entertainer. Nice tribute that you have paid to him here, especially since I know he is one of your favorites.

William F Torpey (author) from South Valley Stream, N.Y. on December 14, 2009:

Glad you enjoyed it, Putz. Thanks for stopping by.

Putz Ballard on December 14, 2009:

Great hub, enjoyed so much!

William F Torpey (author) from South Valley Stream, N.Y. on December 14, 2009:

And thank you, Hello, hello, for your kind remarks. I'm sure they're wonderful memories. It's wonderful that technology allows us to enjoy Bing all these years after he's been gone.

Hello, hello, from London, UK on December 14, 2009:

Thank you so much for a wonderful and enjoyable hub. Brings back memories.

William F Torpey (author) from South Valley Stream, N.Y. on December 13, 2009:

It's entirely my pleasure, Kelly. I don't know what I could to have more fun than to put together a hub on Bing Crosby -- and, of course, enjoy his magnificent voice over and over again. As I've said in my blog, "Bing Lives."

KellyEngaldo on December 13, 2009:

Wonderful article and videos. Bing is one of my all time favorites! What an awesome voice and legacy of material. Thank you for keeping his memory alive.

William F Torpey (author) from South Valley Stream, N.Y. on December 13, 2009:

The best of it is that Bing's videos can be enjoyed throughout the year, not just at Christmas. Crosby was a multi-talented celebrity who will one day be fully recognized for his unmatched contribution to the world of music and entertainment.

William F Torpey (author) from South Valley Stream, N.Y. on December 13, 2009:

Bing made "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court" in 1949, ralwus. It's my favorite of all his movies, although "Pennies From Heaven" is a close second. Thanks.

William F Torpey (author) from South Valley Stream, N.Y. on December 13, 2009:

Thanks, Nancy's Niche. I'm delighted that you enjoyed the hub and the videos. Bing is truly No. 1.

suziecat7 from Asheville, NC on December 13, 2009:

Great videos - I really enjoyed this Hub - thanks.

ralwus on December 13, 2009:

A most wonderful hub William. Who doesn't like White Christmas? I loved the man. Did he not do a movie from Mark Twain's tale of A Yankee in King Arthur's Court. I think I saw that as a child before I ever read the book. He was an amazing man. All great videos too. thanks and Merry Christmas to ye. CC

Nancy's Niche on December 13, 2009:

What a delightful hub! I enjoyed your article on der Bingo….Loved the video’s thanks for sharing…

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