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It's funny Crosby is considered square these days, because he's responsible for a lot of very hip, swingin' music. Plus, he had real acting chops.


Kim - great piece, thank you! Your thoughts on Bing Crosby being vaguely slighted over the years reminds me of one of my favorite quotes from Bing himself (and I paraphrase): "Frank Sinatra is a singer who comes once in a lifetime. But why did he have to come in mine?"


I wish your granny could see this article. She adored Bing Crosby. She thought he and Frank were the greatest singers ever!

M.A. Peel

Wow. It's always a surprise to run into another Bing Crosby fan--he is SO the forgotten man.


Bing and his good friend Louis Armstrong revolutionized American popular singing, making it more informal and intimate. Listen to most jazz singers of the 1920s; their style is so arch that Crosby was a breath of fresh air in the early '30s. His style was the musical of equivalent of what James Cagney and Clark Gable were doing on the big screen.

And anyone who thinks Bing was a rather bland stylist based on his '40s hits should hear his early stuff -- he recorded with black artists such as the Mills Brothers (their version of "Dinah" is delightful) and Duke Ellington's orchestra (a solid version of "St. Louis Blues"). And Crosby cut the definitive version of "Brother, Can You Spare A Dime?" Seventy-five years later, with many of us facing a modern equivalent of Depression-era struggles, Bing still packs a punch.

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