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Bing Crosby: Golden Greats (3-CD)

(Disky) 75 tracks

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  • Interpret: Bing Crosby

  • Album titlle: Golden Greats (3-CD)

  • Genre Pop

  • Label DISKY

  • Artikelart CD

  • EAN: 0724356499720

  • weight in Kg 0.3
Crosby, Bing - Golden Greats (3-CD) CD 1
01Where The Blue Of The Night (Meets The Gold Of The Day)Bing Crosby
02PleaseBing Crosby
03Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams (And Dream Your Troubles Away)Bing Crosby
04Pennies From HeavenBing Crosby
05Just One More ChanceBing Crosby
06DinahBing Crosby
07ThanksBing Crosby
08Love Thy NeighborBing Crosby
09I'm An Old Cowhand (From The Rio Grande)Bing Crosby
10TemptationBing Crosby
11Did You Ever See A Dream Walking?Bing Crosby
12Sweet And LonelyBing Crosby
13I Found A Million Dollar Baby (In A Five And Ten Cent Store)Bing Crosby
14StardustBing Crosby
15Black MoonlightBing Crosby
16Sweet LeilaniBing Crosby
17Blue HawaiiBing Crosby
18Small FryBing Crosby
19Too Marvelous For WordsBing Crosby
20Bob White (Whatcha Gonna Swing Tonight?)Bing Crosby
21Apple For The TeacherBing Crosby
22Too RomanticBing Crosby
23You Must Have Been A Beautiful BabyBing Crosby
24Moon Got In My EyesBing Crosby
25Funny Old HillsBing Crosby
Crosby, Bing - Golden Greats (3-CD) CD 2
01Road To MoroccoBing Crosby
02Moonlight Becomes YouBing Crosby
03San Fernando ValleyBing Crosby
04DoloresBing Crosby
05Mister MeadowlarkBing Crosby
06San Antonio RoseBing Crosby
07Deep In The Heart Of TexasBing Crosby
08You Are My SunshineBing Crosby
09I'll Be Seeing YouBing Crosby
10Waiter And The Porter And The Upstairs MaidBing Crosby
11Be Honest With MeBing Crosby
12Yes, Indeed!Bing Crosby
13I Can't Begin To Tell YouBing Crosby
14Trade WindsBing Crosby
15Swinging On A StarBing Crosby
16Miss YouBing Crosby
17Walking The Floor Over YouBing Crosby
18Don't Fence Me InBing Crosby
19Along The Santa Fe TrailBing Crosby
20Sunday, Monday Or AlwaysBing Crosby
21Put It There PalBing Crosby
22If You PleaseBing Crosby
23Is You Is Or Is You Ain´tBing Crosby
24Macnamara's BandBing Crosby
25White ChristmasBing Crosby
Crosby, Bing - Golden Greats (3-CD) CD 3
01Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate The PositiveBing Crosby
02Gone Fishin'Bing Crosby
03Play A Simple MelodyBing Crosby
04It's Been A Long, Long TimeBing Crosby
05Alexander's Ragtime BandBing Crosby
06Too-Ra-Loo-Ra-Loo-Ral (That's An Irish Lullaby)Bing Crosby
07In The Cool, Cool, Cool Of The EveningBing Crosby
08Dear Hearts And Gentle PeopleBing Crosby
09Far Away PlacesBing Crosby
10South America, Take It Away!Bing Crosby
11Gal In CalicoBing Crosby
12Whiffenpoof SongBing Crosby
13Mule TrainBing Crosby
14Sioux City SueBing Crosby
15Pistol Packin' MamaBing Crosby
16BaiaBing Crosby
17Busy Doing Nothin'Bing Crosby
18If I Loved YouBing Crosby
19Galway BayBing Crosby
20Sam's Song (The Happy Tune)Bing Crosby
21(Ghost) Riders In The SkyBing Crosby
22You Belong To My HeartBing Crosby
23Yah-Ta-Ta, Yah-Ta-Ta (Talk, Talk, Talk)Bing Crosby
24Bells Of St Mary'sBing Crosby
25Now Is The HourBing Crosby
    Bing Crosby   Born Harry Lillis Crosby on May 2, 1903, in Tacoma,... more
"Bing Crosby"

 

 

Bing Crosby

 

Born Harry Lillis Crosby on May 2, 1903, in Tacoma, WA; died of a heart attack on October 14, 1977, in Madrid, Spain. Bing Crosby was one of the most popular singing stars in the history of show business and one of the best-selling musicians of all time. In his almost 60 years spanning career, Crosby produced over 1,600 recordings, of which he sold half a billion copies. His honeyed baritone revolutionized crooning and won him a worldwide audience.

A comic strip nickname

Crosby always gave the year of his birth as 1904, but some sources say he was born on May 2, 1903 in Tacoma, Washington. He was one of seven children of a bookkeeper and a pious, ambitious mother. When Crosby was still a young child, his family moved to Spokane, where his father took a job with the Inland Brewery. Young Crosby attended Catholic schools and earned the nickname 'Bing' from his fondness for a newspaper comic strip called the 'Bingville Bugle.'

Childhood and youth

Bing Crosby as a child loved to sing and he sang to himself everywhere he went. Ironically, he never learned to read music, and he quit his only formal singing lessons after a few weeks. Entirely self-taught as a singer, Crosby gravitated to the kind of music he heard on his parents’ gramophone, popular songs, ragtime, and show numbers. Crosby attended Gonzaga High School, a Jesuit school. After high school he enrolled in Gonzaga University with the intention of becoming a lawyer. Other interests intervened, however; with a group of his Spokane buddies, he formed a small band in 1921, The Musicaladers, which performed at school functions and private parties. Crosby was the group’s vocalist and drummer, his only work as an instrumentalist. The Musicaladers were surprisingly successful for a band staffed principally by teenagers; before long they found themselves entertaining audiences between films at a Spokane movie house.

Overnight success

Even after the Musicaladers disbanded, Crosby and a friend, Al Rinker, continued to work together as a duo. In 1925 the two decided to take a chance at the big time; they pooled their resources and set off for Los Angeles in a beat-up Model T Ford. They were nothing less than an overnight success. Rinker’s sister was Mildred Bailey, herself a successful vaudevillian, and she was able to help the boys secure a contract for West Coast vaudeville work. Billing themselves as Two Boys and a Piano, Crosby and Rinker sang popular numbers in a jazzy style that has since become the signature sound of crooning.

Late in 1926 the duo received a lucrative offer from Paul Whiteman, one of the nation’s most famous orchestra leaders. They joined Whiteman in Chicago, then moved with him to New York City but failed to make a hit. Shepherd and Slatzer suggested that Manhattan's mainstream audiences were not quite ready for Bing’s scat singing and off-beat presentation. Whatever the case, Crosby and Rinker separated from Whiteman’s act and added a third partner, Harry Barris. With Barris and Rinker both at piano and Crosby as front man, the group became known as The Rhythm Boys.

The Rhythm Boys and the Coconut Grove

As The Rhythm Boys, Crosby and his partners regained their professional standing quickly. They cut several singles for the Victor label in 1927, including 'Mississippi Mud,' 'From Monday On,' and 'Side By Side,' and after a vaudeville tour on their own, rejoined Whiteman for a highly successful West Coast run. In 1930 they appeared in their first feature film, which starred Whiteman and was called The King of Jazz. When the movie was completed, they struck out on their own again, signing a contract to appear with the Gus Arnheim Orchestra at the prestigious Coconut Grove nightclub in Los Angeles. In September of 1930 he married starlet Dixie Lee. Shortly thereafter he made his first two-reel short film, I Surrender, Dear, using a song Barris had written for him as the movie’s title. Crosby’s performance of 'I Surrender, Dear' brought him to the attention of William Paley, the owner of CBS. Paley offered Crosby his own radio show, and, after some nasty legal wrangling, Crosby left both the Coconut Grove and The Rhythm Boys.

Radio career

On September 2, 1931, Crosby opened his first radio show with a new theme song: 'Where The Blue Of The Night Meets The Gold Of The Day.' He performed live for an unprecedented 20 weeks at Manhattan’s Paramount Theatre, signed a movie contract with Paramount Pictures, and began recording regularly with a new label, Decca Records. Throughout the Great Depression and on into the years of World War II, Bing Crosby was the nation’s most beloved crooner and one of its favorite stars. In 1935 Crosby moved from CBS radio to NBC, where he starred on the popular Kraft Music Hall. He worked on that live show for nearly a dozen years, leaving only when ABC radio allowed him to pre-record his programs on audiotape. In the meantime, he starred or appeared in some one hundred films, including the highly popular 'Road'-series, 'The Road To Singapore,' 'The Road To Zanzibar,' 'The Road To Morocco,' with Bob Hope and Dorothy Lamour; Hope and Crosby played off one another perfectly, often ad-libbing dialogue and flip comments in these essentially silly pictures.

Hollywood

During the glory days of the big Hollywood studios, Crosby was under contract to Paramount Pictures. He often appeared in as many as three full-length features per year and won an Academy Award in 1945 for portraying a priest in Going My Way. It was radio, however, that made Crosby a star. His exceptional voice and casual, relaxed demeanor projected well over the airwaves, and his innovative, jazzy style of singing won the hearts of younger fans and the envy of his peers. In the midst of the Great Depression, Bing Crosby became a millionaire, and by his death in 1977 he was estimated to be worth more than $80 million, most of it invested in industry and real estate. His success is all the more phenomenal in that it came long before the inflated salaries and lucrative endorsement contracts earned by today’s popular singers.

White Christmas

Crosby’s voice and delivery were surprisingly adaptable; over the years he sang every type of popular song, from cowboy ditties to blues, ballads, and patriotic numbers. He was initially reluctant to sing hymns, but he eventually overcame this reticence, and today his Christmas carols, especially 'White Christmas,' are his most treasured recordings. For many years Crosby’s rendition of 'White Christmas' was the best-selling recording in history. He recorded songs for the labels RCA Victor, Columbia, Decca, and MCA, between 1927 and 1977.

Radio, TV and Rock'n'Roll

Crosby returned to CBS radio in 1949 and made the transition to television easily in the early 1950s. His television forte was the variety special. Beginning in 1966 he hosted a yearly Christmas show that featured his second wife, Kathryn, and their children. Crosby’s only regular weekly television show was a situation comedy, The Bing Crosby Show, which ran for two seasons in 1964-1965.

Even the advent of rock and roll did little to erode Crosby’s popularity. His fans had aged along with him and saw him as a wholesome, relaxing alternative to the rhythms of the new generation. Nor did Crosby disappoint them; his voice held its clarity as he aged, and he continued to perform, live and on television, right up to his death in 1977.

The later years

In his later years Bing Crosby indulged his lifelong passion for golf by founding a tournament in his name. In October of 1977, Crosby collapsed from a massive heart attack on a golf course outside Madrid, Spain. He is survived by his second wife and seven children, four sons from his first marriage with Dixie Lee, including famous singer Gary Crosby, and two sons and a daughter from his second with actress Kathryn Grant, and by his younger brother Bob of Bob Crosby & The Bobcats fame. Several of his older sons had performed with him during the 1940s, and his second family often appeared with him on his television specials.

The persistence of Crosby’s fame is evident in the number of his recordings still in print and in the re-broadcast of his many films. His Irish good looks and inimitable baritone stand as one of the strongest testaments of radio’s golden age and one of the crowning achievements of the Hollywood film. 

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