Bing Crosby was born Harry Lillis Crosby in Spokane, Washington
on May 3, 1903. Crosby left Washington for Los Angeles in 1925,
where he joined Paul Whitemans orchestra and became one-third
of a singing trio, The Rhythm Boys.
Crosby made his solo radio debut over CBS on September 2, 1931.
By 1936, Crosby had become a major recording star and the host of
NBCs Kraft Music Hall, a weekly showcase for his casual
manner, self-deprecating humor and mellifluous singing voice.
In 1946, Crosby became the first radio star to embrace the new
technology of recording tape. When Kraft and NBC balked at the idea
of pre-recorded shows, Crosby left the Music Hall for ABC
Radio and the transcribed Philco Radio Time. The shows
success ushered in a new era of pre-recorded programming.
Crosby moved to CBS in 1949, starring on various series and the
annual Christmas Sing with Bing, where he always found time
to perform his biggest hit, Irving Berlins White Christmas.
His final radio show was a daily program with longtime friend Rosemary
Clooney, which aired until 1962.
Bing Crosby died on October 14, 1977.
Bing Crosby was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1998.
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