Bing Crosby: A Pocketful of Dreams - The Early Years 1903 - 1940 by Gary GiddinsFirst off, Pocketful of Dreams is a balanced biography. It would be nice if this didnt have to be noted, but especially in the case of Crosby, when his children and step-children have written scathing or adoring memoirs, it is refreshing when a biographer explores all aspects of a person, the strengths and flaws, some of which are deep. That said, what Giddins focuses on most is the music.
This award-winning book makes a strong argument for Crosby being under-appreciated as a leader of making jazz popular in the mainstream. It argues persuasively that Crosby was not merely one of a group of crooners, but a leader in music who came onto the scene at the right moment in time, and then used his considerable talents and enormous popularity to introduce elements of black jazz to mainstream, white America.
If you consider Crosby a singer of smaltz who merely sang Christmas standards, this book will make you see him in a new light, and greatly expand your appreciation of his contribution to American popular music.
One caveat: Giddins has written the definitive biography, well-documented and thorough. He had so much material, that he decided to split the biography into two parts. This first volume, checking in at over 750 pages, covers Crosbys life until 1940, and was published in 2009. Five years on, readers are still waiting volume two. I eagerly await the publication of volume 2, but it may be a while.
But you get to think that in India they had a good idea with the widow just throwing herself on the funeral pyre. It would have been simpler that way. In life, he was Der Bingle, the ineffably relaxed and good-natured crooner whose ingratiating movies, records and TV specials made millions of dollars and left millions of Americans feeling better about themselves. But five years after his death, another, darker portrait has emerged of Bing Crosby: a distant and aloof father, an emotionless friend and, according to one biography, Bing Crosby: The Hollow Man, a person whom no one really knew. Four days this week, a San Francisco auction house will gavel down more than 14, items of Crosbyana.
Crosby's will was filed for probate yesterday. The living trust, in essence a private will, also provides tax breaks for heirs of the Crosby estate. The living trust arrangement was di:5closed when Richard S. Arnold, a Los Angeles lawyer, filed Mr. Crosby's personal effects to his widow, Kathryn, and gave instructions for the funeral of the entertainer, who died Oct.
Bing Crosby - Transformation From 9 To 74 Years Old
Crosby, 51, was found dead late Monday afternoon from a single gunshot wound to his head. A small-caliber rifle was nearby. Crosby had been staying at the apartment on Bravo Lane while undergoing treatment for alcoholism in nearby Calabasas, Reiss said. He was due to return home to his third wife, Susan, and two sons in Sherman Oaks this weekend, she said. Crosby had two other sons by previous marriages. Alcoholism was only one of many problems that seemed to dog Lindsay, Reiss said.
American actor and singer Bing Crosby was famous for his bass-baritone voice that He died on October 14, at the age of 74 due to heart attack while. Lindsay Crosby, the youngest son of Bing Crosby from the famed crooner's first marriage, shot himself to death in a He was due to return home to his third wife, Susan, and two sons in Sherman Oaks this weekend, she said. In fact, he was one of the richest and greatest. Crosby estab 'living trust' 4 mos before his death to handle bulk of estate, guaranteeing privacy; details S He was 74 years A tentative estimate of Mr. Crosby's wealth has been compiled and will probably be made public.
With the advent of web, you can find almost all the info about the history of your best loved rappers, producer, singer, actress, actor and several others. There are several of portals that provide ample info about the celebrity net worth, personal details, accomplishments, awards they have got in their profession and so forth. Name - Bing Crosby. Full name — Harry Lillis Crosby Jr. Birth Date — 13 th May, Place of Birth — Tacoma, United States. Source of wealth — TV film and music.