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A batch of reissues and archival releases from Bing Crosby's own vaults is getting a high-profile relaunch. Above, Crosby circa 1956.
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May 13, 2013 Four albums of reissues and archival recordings from Crosby's own vaults are getting a high-profile release; they demonstrate that his influence on modern singing is so huge, we barely notice it anymore. He could sing anything from Latin to Hawaiian to The Great American Songbook.
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January 10, 2011 Recordings by Bing Crosby, Louis Armstrong and Billie Holiday are included in the largest single donation of audio to the library.
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November 30, 2007 Great holiday music comes in many genres. But these five soft, pop-tinged selections hang together just right, making up a wintry mix of songs that, when heard collectively, simulate a soothing bath in a tub of warm cocoa.
December 24, 2006 Weeks of e-mail from listeners have produced an unofficial list of loved and hated holiday songs. And it turns out they're most passionate — and also most divided — about one song in particular: "The Little Drummer Boy." But Bing Crosby's "White Christmas" remains a favorite.
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November 10, 2006 Performance Today explores a vivid chapter in the life of violinist Jascha Heifetz. During WWII, he played more than 300 USO shows, sometimes near the front, in perilous surroundings. Here's a portrait of Heifetz during the war, with vintage audio, interviews and stories from those who knew him best.
January 24, 2001 His new biography of Bing Crosby is called, Bing Crosby: A Pocketful of Dreams--the Early Years, 1903-1940 (Little Brown and Company). From 1930s to the 50s, Crosby was a pop culture icon, dominating American entertainment with his hit records and movies. In this first volume of the biography, Giddins chronicles the rise of Crosbys career. Giddins may be best known as a jazz columnist for the Village Voice. He won the 1998 National Book Critics Circle Award for his book Visions of Jazz. He was one of the experts featured in Ken Burns Jazz series on PBS.
Composer Irving Berlin.
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December 25, 2000 Irving Berlin wrote nearly a thousand songs, which include the standards "God Bless America" and "There's No Business Like Show Business." But "White Christmas," recorded by Bing Crosby and others, has proved to be his most popular song.
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