1950s EASY-POP Songs and Singers...on the verge of Rock 'n Roll
Bing Crosby (born May 3, 1903)
Famous EASY-POP hit single during the 50s: True Love 1953
His other hits included: Play a Simple Melody (with son Gary) in 1950, In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening (with Jane Wyman) in 1951, Y’all Come in 1954, and Around the World in 1957.
Recording career with hits on the charts: 1931-1962
Record Label: Decca
This influential media star was born Harry Lillis Crosby in Tacoma, Washington, the fourth of seven children. Bingo was a childhood nickname from one of his favorite comic strips ‘The Bingville Bugle.’ His friends and teachers shortened it to Bing. In 1920, he entered Gonzaga College in Spokane, Washington, with the intent of becoming a lawyer. During his fifty-year singing career he recorded more than 1700 songs. He earned 23 million-selling gold records. His persona represented the strong yet affable American everyman. True Love, a duet with Grace Kelly from the film ‘High Society,’ climbed to #3 on the charts. His 1942 recording of White Christmas was reissued every year during the fifties and became the best selling single of all time. He is often remembered for seven classic comedy ‘Road to…’ films with Bob Hope and Dorothy Lamour during the forties and fifties and Irving Berlin’s 1954 film extravaganza ‘White Christmas’ with Danny Kaye and Rosemary Clooney. Bing Crosby died suddenly of a heart attack, on a Spanish golf course in 1977.