Monday, May 18, 2015

Monday Matinee: Bing Crosby Rediscovered

I didn't know much about Bing Crosby with the exception of the movie White Christmas, which I watched a lot as a kid (especially in July when it was really hot). I was happy to learn a few more things about him and I learned a lot.

1. He was HUGE in Radio
2. He helped out females who needed a boost in their career (for example Judy Garland and Rosemary Clooney after an unsuccessful suicide attempt and an emotional breakdown)
3. He won Best Actor Oscar in 1954  for his role as a Catholic priest in Going My Way
4. He wanted to start recording his radio show instead of live shows, so he put money behind the technology and helped it succeed.
5. He was named the person who did the most for GI morale in WWII 
6. He and Bob Hope did tons of movies together
6. He had great comedic timing, which worked out well for his movies
7. He sang in a variety of musical genres
8. He demanded that Louis Armstrong be also given top billing for their movie together in 1936
9. White Christmas remains the best-selling single of all time
10. He died after playing a round of golf from a heart attack - and he played well.

After viewing this documentary, I'm going to watch more of his movies and listen to more of his songs. I liked the clips of performances and the interviews with people from his life. It was a fascinating piece to watch. 

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