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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December 18, 2009 It's that time of year again, when we gather 'round the warm glow of a computer to air our grievances with one another, hug it out and spin some seasonal songs to make it all better.
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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.
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