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11 Epic Facts Of Bing Crosby

1. The first multimedia star, from 1931 to 1954 Crosby was a leader in record sales, radio ratings, and motion picture grosses. His early career coincided with technical recording innovations such as the microphone.

2. This allowed him to develop a laid-back, intimate singing style that influenced many of the popular male singers who followed him, including Perry Como, Frank Sinatra, and Dean Martin.

3. Yank magazine recognized Crosby as the person who had done the most for American G.I. morale during World War II and, during his peak years, around 1948, American polls declared him the “most admired man alive”, ahead of Jackie Robinson and Pope Pius XII.

4. In 1963, Crosby received the first Grammy Global Achievement Award. He is one of the 22 people to have three stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame .

5. Crosby also exerted an important influence on the development of the postwar recording industry.

6. He became the first performer to pre-record his radio shows and master his commercial recordings onto magnetic tape.

7. Through the medium of recording, Crosby constructed his radio programs with the same directorial tools and craftsmanship used in motion picture production, which became the industry standard.

8. In addition to his work with early tape recording, he helped to finance the development of videotape, bought television stations, bred racehorses, and co-owned the Pittsburgh Pirates baseball team.

9. Crosby was born on May 3, 1903 and formerly housed the Alumni Association.

10. The Sunday edition of the Spokesman-Review published a feature called “The Bingville Bugle”. Written by humorist Newton Newkirk, The Bingville Bugle was a parody of a hillbilly newsletter filled with gossipy tidbits, minstrel quips, creative spelling, and mock ads.

11. Crosby graduated from Gonzaga High School in 1920 and enrolled at Gonzaga University.

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