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Bing Crosby Songs Collection
Crooning Singer, Actor

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Accentuate The Positive (with The Andrew Sisters)   After Sundown
Ah Sweet Mystery Of Life   Ain't Got A Dime To My Name
Along The Sante Fe Trail   A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square
Basin Street Blues   Beautiful Dreamer
Be Careful My Heart   Begin The Bequine
Betsy   Blue Skies
Brother, Can You Spare A Dime   Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy
Cheek To Cheek   Come Rain Or Shine
Come What May   Constantly
Count Your Blessings   Dancing In The Dark
Darling Nellie Gray   Dinah
Galway Bay   Gone Fishin'
If I Had My Way   I'll Get By
In The Cool Cool Of The Evening   Just One More Chance
Mele Kalikimaka   Mountain Greenery
Only Forever   Red Sails In The Sunset
Souix City Sue   St. Louis Blues
Wait Till The Sun Shines Nellie   White Christmas
You're Getting To Be A Habit With Me   Young At Heart

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White Christmas

The Princess and the Pirate

Bing Crosby: Pennies From Heaven

It's 'Official'!

05/29/2008: The US Census, of all sources, notes that Bing's
"White Christmas" is the biggest-selling single of all time!
"White Christmas" was recorded this day in 1942.
Click here to view the story.

Bing Crosby
Singer, Actor

Harry Lillis “Bing” Crosby (May 3, 1903 – October 14, 1977) was an American popular singer and actor whose career lasted from 1926 until his death.

Biography by Gary Giddins

To most Americans, he was the eternal Crooner: a much celebrated and beloved performer of unparalleled popularity. Yet Bing Crosby was far more than that: He was an architect of 20th century entertainment, a force in the development of three industries that didn't exist when he came into the world: recordings, motion pictures, and broadcasting. As the most successful recording artist of all time; an abiding star of movies, radio, and television; and a firm believer in the wonders of technology, he helped to transform and define the cultural life not only of the United States, but of the world.

When Harry Lillis Crosby was born, on May 3, 1903, to a working-class Catholic Irish-Anglo family with deep roots in the American Northwest, there was little reason to think he would amount to much. Though an obviously intelligent and conscientious student, his primary interests were sports (he won many swimming medals), school plays, and music--he played drums (not very well), sang, and whistled. At Gonzaga University, he decided to study law because he could think of nothing better at the time and it pleased his parents. He left law school two months before graduating.

Music lured him away. It had always been part of the Crosby household. His father, who played mandolin, led the family in song and bought one of the first phonographs in Spokane, Washington. Harry was the fourth of seven siblings. Nicknamed Bing for his love of a newspaper parody, "The Bingville Bugle," he listened to everything; he attended the vaudeville shows that came through town, regaling his friends afterward with detailed accountings of each act. He landed a backstage job when the legendary Al Jolson performed in Spokane, and studied his every gesture from the wings.

A younger boy named Al Rinker sealed Bing's fate, asking him to play drums in his five-piece dance band. When the other fellows in the group, the Musicaladers, heard him sing, they didn't much care how he played the drums. Even at that age, Bing had a mellifluous, solid baritone with good range, a steady sense of time, and a casual charm. With his uncanny memory, Bing could learn songs after hearing them once, though he never learned to read music.

After the band broke up, Bing worked locally with Rinker, who accompanied him on piano. In 1925, Al suggested that they pool their funds and drive a broken-down flivver to Los Angeles, where his sister--the not-yet-celebrated jazz singer Mildred Bailey--might get them a job. She got them an audition, which was all they needed. Bing and Al toured in one vaudeville show after another, up and down the West Coast, until a couple of musicians from Paul Whiteman's band chanced to hear them. Within a year after leaving Spokane, Crosby and Rinker were under contract to the most famous orchestra in the country. They were on their way to New York.

Despite a few setbacks and a too-eager embrace of big city temptations, Bing refined his style. He was inspired by his idol and lifelong friend, Louis Armstrong. Whiteman teamed Bing and Al with a pianist and songwriter, Harry Barris, calling them the Rhythm Boys: They became the first successful jazz vocal group. Yet it was Crosby's way with a song that most impressed Whiteman's arrangers and musicians, who lobbied for more Bing solos.

The word was out: Bing brought something new to American song: rhythmic excitement, virile authority, emotional candor. The best jazz musicians of the day accepted him as one of them. He recorded with Bix Beiderbecke and Duke Ellington. Soon, every major American songwriter, among them Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, Hoagy Carmichael, Johnny Mercer, Jimmy Van Heusen, and Johnny Burke, were writing songs for him.

Within a few years, the Rhythm Boys left Whiteman. Then Bing left the Rhythm Boys. Working in nightclubs and headlining in theaters, Bing was the first vocalist to use the microphone as an instrument, enabling him to communicate subtle emotions and musical nuance. When he appeared at the Coconut Grove, the movie community flocked to hear him. Producer Mack Sennett hired him to make a series of comedy shorts. William Paley, of the fledgling CBS network, gave him a daily radio show. Paramount Pictures brought him to Hollywood to star in The Big Broadcast; the studio quickly signed him to a three-picture deal that grew into a 20-year association.

Meanwhile, record executive Jack Kapp, using Bing's loyalty to him as a come-on, found backing to start his own company, Decca, which saved the then moribund industry by lowering the price of records. Kapp convinced Bing that he was more than a jazz or ballad singer, encouraging him to sing every kind of song and positioning him as the voice of America--home grown, unaffected, unassuming, and irresistible.

Bing's popularity really took off a year later, when NBC asked him to take over its faltering program, Kraft Music Hall. Bing turned it into the archetypal broadcast variety show, a template still in use today. The public and critics loved him. At a time when radio was dominated by schooled, oratorical voices, Bing sounded like the guy next door. People trusted him: Instead of pandering to the presumed tastes of the masses, Bing combined pop, jazz, opera, and classical music. He was as much admired for his unique brand of slang, offbeat sense of humor, and unruffled disposition as for his singing. In the dark days of the Depression, Bing incarnated a beacon of optimism.

He became still more of a national force during World War II, touring at home and abroad, making a record number of V-Discs, selling a record number of war bonds, personally answering thousands of letters from servicemen and their families. Bing's radio show regularly attracted an audience of 50 million--an unheard of number. He initiated the Road movies, with Bob Hope, one of the most durable, profitable, and imitated comedy series in film history. In 1944, Bing won an Academy Award for his performance as Father O'Malley in Leo McCarey's Going My Way. At the end of the war, an army poll declared him the individual who had done the most to boost wartime morale.

The postwar years represented the peak of Bing's success. Between 1946 and 1948, he revolutionized the entertainment industry. Having recorded shows on transcription discs for soldiers, he now insisted on prerecording his radio show. In those days, all radio programs were recorded live and NBC took him to court. Bing won and moved to ABC, an also-ran network that, thanks to Bing, now became a major competitor. After he produced the first prerecorded radio series, other entertainers quickly followed suit. Billboard called Bing's gamble the most important show business story since the invention of talking pictures.

But Bing realized that transcribed sound (recorded on large lacquered discs) was not as good as live recording. When he heard about a former army engineer, John Mullin, who was experimenting with tape-based recording, Bing offered to sponsor him. Using the early tape machines, he converted his studio to tape, allowing him to record and edit his program. As he and his engineer experimented with the new medium, they introduced such broadcasting devices as canned laughter and applause. The entire business followed his lead in turning to tape, which remained the industry standard until the advent of digitalization nearly 35 years later.

Bing continued to make hit records and movies into the 1960s, at which time he began to slow down, reserving most of his work for television, including a series of variety specials, frequent appearances as host of The Hollywood Palace, television movies, and an annual Christmas show that became a national tradition. He spent more time on the golf course and the track, two sports he helped pioneer by creating the first celebrity pro-am golf tournament and taking the lead in building the Del Mar racetrack.

Bing's first wife, Dixie Lee, the mother of his first four sons, died in 1952. During the next few years, he was regularly gossiped about in newspaper columns as he romanced several of Hollywood's most beautiful women. In 1957, he married Kathryn Grant, a young actress and singer he had met on the Paramount lot. Together they had two sons and a daughter. The Crosby family became the focus of his Christmas program, and of his historic return to the stage, in 1976, touring Los Angeles, New York, London, Oslo, and elsewhere. When he died on a golf course in Madrid, on October 14, 1977, he was mourned the world over. On that day, Major League Baseball honored him by pausing for a moment of silence at the start of the World Series game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Yankees. No other entertainer has ever won the hearts of so many and held them for so long.

Bing's Stats

  • He was the first vocalist ever signed to an orchestra.
  • He made more studio recordings than any other singer in history (about 400 more than Sinatra).
  • He made the most popular recording ever, "White Christmas," the only single to make the American pop charts 20 times, every year but one between 1942 and 1962. In 1998, after a long absence, it returned to the charts in Great Britain.
  • Between 1927 and 1962, he scored 368 charted records under his own name, plus 28 as vocalist with various bandleaders, for a total of 396. No one else comes close; compare. Paul Whiteman (220), Sinatra (209), Elvis (149), Glenn Miller (129), Nat King Cole (118), Louis Armstrong (85), the Beatles (68).
  • He scored the most number one hits in the 20th century: 38, compared to 24 by the Beatles and 18 by Presley.
  • He received 23 gold and two platinum records, including the first double-sided gold record ("Play a Simple Melody" / "Sam's Song").
  • In 1960, he received a platinum record as First Citizen of the Record Industry, having sold 200 million discs, a number that doubled by 1980.
  • Between 1915 and 1980, he was the only motion picture actor to rank as the number one box-office attraction five times (1944-48). Between 1934 and 1954 he scored in the top ten 15 times. With an estimated one billion, seventy-seven million tickets sold, he is ranked as the third most popular film actor, behind Clark Gable and John Wayne.
  • Of the 55 feature films in which he starred, between 1932 (The Big Broadcast) and 1971 (Dr. Cook's Garden), 29 placed among the top-10 grossing pictures of the year.
  • During the Second World War, he raised an unequaled $14,500,000 in war bonds.
  • In 1946, three of the five top-grossing pictures of the year (The Bells of St. Mary's, Blue Skies, Road to Utopia) were Crosby vehicles.
  • Going My Way was the highest grossing film in the history of Paramount Pictures until 1947. The Bells of St. Mary's was the highest grossing film in the history of RKO Pictures until 1947.
  • He was nominated for an Academy Award for best actor three times and won for Going My Way. He introduced more Academy Award nominated songs (14) and more winners (4) than any other film star.
  • He was a major radio star longer than any other performer, from 1931 until 1954 on network, from 1954 until 1962 in syndication. He appeared on approximately 4000 radio broadcasts, nearly 3400 of them his own programs.
  • He created the first and longest running celebrity pro-am golf championship, playing host for 35 years, raising millions in charity; and was the central figure in the development of the Del Mar racetrack in southern California.
  • He helped ensure the survival of four of the most influential companies in the development of American entertainment: CBS, Paramount Pictures, Decca Records, and ABC.


Film Appearances:

Bing Crosby Collection of 5 Movies

"King of Jazz"
(1930, Universal) featured with Rhythm Boys Cast: Paul Whitman Songs: "A Bench in the Park," "Mississippi Mud," "So the Bluebirds and the Blackbirds Got Together" and "Happy Feet"

"Reaching for the Moon"
(1930, United Artists) in bit part Cast: Douglas Fairbanks, Sr., Bebe Daniels, Edward Everett Horton Song: "Low Down"

"Confessions of a Co-ed"
(1931, Paramount Pictures) in bit part as band vocalist Cast: Sylvia Sidney, Phillips Holmes, Norman Foster Songs:"Ya Got Love", "Out of Nowhere"

"The Big Broadcast"
(1932, Paramount) as "Himself" Cast: Leila Hyams, Stu Erwin, George Burns and Gracie Allen Songs: "Here Lies Love", "Please", "Where the Blue of Night Meets the Gold of Day"

"College Humor"
(1933, Paramount) as "Prof. Fredrick Danvers" Cast: Jack Oakie, Mary Carlisle, George Burns and Gracie Allen Songs: "The Old Ox Road", "Learn to Croon", "Play Ball", "Moonstruck"

"Too Much Harmony"
(1933, Paramount) as "Eddie Bronson" Cast: Judith Allen, Jack Oakie, Skeets Gallagher Songs: "The Day You Came Along," "Black Moonlight," "Thanks", "Boo-Boo-Boo," "Buckin' the Wind"

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"Going Hollywood"
(1933, MGM) as "Bill Williams" Cast: Marion Davies, Stuart Erwin, Patsy Kelly, Ned Sparks Songs: "Temptation", "We’ll Make Love When It Rains", "Our Big Love Scene"

"We're Not Dressing"
(1934, Paramount) as "Steve Jones" Cast: Carole Lombard, George Burns and Gracie Allen, Ethel Merman, Leon Errol Songs: "Love Thy Neighbor", "She Reminds Me of You", "Riding Round in the Rain", "Good Night, Lovely Little Lady", "May I?", "Once in a Blue Moon"

"She Loves Me Not"
(1934, Paramount) as "Paul Lawton" Cast: Miriam Hopkins, Edward Nugent, Kitty Carlisle, Judith Allen Songs: "I'm Hummin, I'm Whistlin, I'm Singin," "Love in Bloom", "Straight from the Shoulder"

"Here is My Heart"
(1934, Paramount) as "J. Paul Jones" Cast: Kitty Carlisle, Roland Young, Cecelia Parker, Marian Mansfield Songs: "Love Is Just Around the Corner", "June in January", "With Every Breath I Take"

(1935, Paramount) as "Tom Grayson" Cast: W.C. Fields, Joan Bennett, Queenie Smith, Gail Patrick Songs: "Down by the River", "Soon," "Easy to Remember"

"Two For Tonight"
(1935, Paramount) as "Gilbert Gordon" Cast: Joan Bennett, Lynne Overman, Mary Boland, Thelma Todd Songs: "I Wish I Were Aladdin", "Without a Word of Warning", "From the Top of Your Head to the Tip of Your Toes", "Takes Two to Make a Bargain"

"The Big Broadcast of 1936"
(1936, Paramount) as guest star Cast: Jackie Oakie, George Burns and Gracie Allen, Lyda Roberti Songs: "I Wished on the Moon", "Why Dream"

"Anything Goes"
(1936, Paramount) as "Billy Crocker" Cast: Ethel Merman, Charles Ruggles, Ida Lupino, Arthur Treacher Songs: "You're the Top", "Anything Goes", "All Through the Night", "Blow, Gabriel, Blow", "I Get a Kick Out of You", "There'll Always Be a Lady Fair"

"Rhythm On The Range"
(1936, Paramount) as "Jeff Larrabee" Cast: Frances Farmer, Bob Burns, Martha Raye, Samuel S. Hinds Songs: "Empty Saddles", "Memories", "Rhythm on the Range", "Drink It Down", "I Can't Escape From You", "I'm an Old Cowhand", "Mr. Paganini"

"Pennies From Heaven"
(1936, Columbia) as "Larry" Cast: Madge Evans, Edith Fellows, Donald Meek, Louis Armstrong Songs: "One, Two, Button My Shoe", "So Do I", "Skeleton In My Closet", "Pennies From Heaven", "Let's Call a Heart a Heart", "Now I've Got Some Dreaming to Do", "What This Country Needs"

"Waikiki Wedding"
(1937, Paramount) as "Tony Marvin" Cast: Bob Burns, Shirley Ross, Martha Raye, George Barbier Songs: "Sweet Leilani", "Blue Hawaiian", "In a Little Hula Heaven", "Sweet Is the Word for You"

"Double or Nothing"
(1937, Paramount) as "Lefty Boylan" Cast: Martha Raye, Andy Devine, Mary Carlisle, William Frawley Songs: "After You", "Smarty", "It's the Natural Thing to Do", "All You Want to Do Is Dance", "The Moon Got in My Eyes"

"Doctor Rhythm"
(1938, Paramount) as "Dr. Bill Remsen" Cast: Beatrice Lillie, Mary Carlisle, Andy Devine, Louis Armstrong Songs: "My Heart Is Taking Lessons", "This Is My Night to Dream", "On the Sentimental Side", "Doctor Rhythm", "Only a Gypsy Knows", "Trumpet Player's Lament"

"Sing You Sinners"
(1939, Paramount) as "Joe Beebe" Cast: Fred MacMurray, Donald O' Connor, Elizabeth Patterson, Ellen Drew Songs: "Small Fry", "I've Got a Pocketful of Dreams", "Laugh and Call it Love", "Don't Let the Moon Get Away", "Where is Central Park?"

"Paris Honeymoon"
(1939, Paramount) as "Lucky Lawton" Cast: Franciska Gaal, Shirely Ross, Akim Tamiroff, Edward Everett Horton Songs: "I Have Eyes", "Sweet Little Headache", "Funny Old Hills", "Joobalai", "The Maiden by the Brook", "Work While You May"

"East Side of Heaven"
(1939, Universal) as "Denny Martin" Cast: Joan Blondell, Irene Harvey, Jerome Cowan, Mischa Auer Songs: "Sing A Song of Moonbeams", "That Sly Old Gentleman", "East Side of Heaven", "Hang Your Henri on a Hickory Limb", "Rings on My Fingers", "Ida"

"The Star Maker"
(1939, Paramount) as "Larry Earl" Cast: Linda Ware, Louise Campbell, Ned Sparks, Thurston Hall Songs: "An Apple for the Teacher", "Go Fly a Kite", "A Man and His Dream", "Still the Bluebird Sings"

"Road to Singapore"
(1940, Paramount) as "Josh Mallon" Cast: Dorothy Lamour, Bob Hope, Charles Coburn, Judith Barrett, Anthony Quinn Songs: "Too Romantic", "Sweet Potato Piper", "Kaigoon", "The Moon and the Willow Tree", "Captain Custard"

"If I Had My Way"
(1940, Universal) as "Buzz Blackwell" Cast: Gloria Jean, Charles Winninger, El Brendel, Alyson Joslyn Songs: "I Haven't the Time to Be a Millionaire", "Meet the Sun Halfway", "If I Had My Way", "April Played the Fiddle", "Pessimistic Character"

"Rhythm on the River"
(1940, Paramount) as "Bob Sommers" Cast: Mary Martin, Basil Rathbone, Oscar Levant, William Frawley Songs: "Rhythm on the River", "Only Forever", "That's for Me", "What Would Shakespeare Have Said", "Ain't It a Shame About Mame?", "When the Moon Comes Over Madison Square Garden"

"Road to Zanzibar"
(1941, Paramount) as "Chuck Reardon" Cast: Bob Hope, Dorothy Lamour, Una Merkel, Eric Blore Songs: "You Lucky People You", "It's Always You", "You're Dangerous", "On the Road to Zanzibar", "Birds of a Feather"

"Birth Of The Blues"
(1941, Paramount) as "Jeff Lambert" Cast: Mary Martin, Brian Donlevy, Carolyn Lee Songs: "The Waiter, the Porter and the Upstairs Maid", "Gotta Go to the Jailhouse", "Memphis Blues", "St. Louis Blues", "Birth of the Blues", "By the Light of the Silvery Moon"

"Holiday Inn"
(1942, Paramount) as "Jim Hardy" Cast: Fred Astaire, Marjorie Reynolds, Virginia Dale, Walter Abel Songs: "I'll Capture Your Heart Singing," "Lazy," "You're Easy to Dance With," "White Christmas," "Happy Holiday," "Let's Start the New Year Right," "Abraham," "Be Careful It's My Heart," "Easter Parade," "Song of Freedom" and "I've Got Plenty to be Thankful For"

"Road to Morocco"
(1942, Paramount) as: "Jeff Peters" Cast: Bob Hope, Dorothy Lamour, Anthony Quinn, Dona Drake Songs: "Road to Morocco", "Ain't Got a Dime to My Name", "Constantly", "Moonlight Becomes You"

"Star-Spangled Rhythm"
(1942, Paramount) as: "Himself" Cast: Bob Hope, Ray Milliand, Fred MacMurray, Alan Ladd, Dick Powell, Dorothy Lamour, Paulette Goddard, Mary Martin, Susan Hayward Songs: "Time to Hit the Road to Dreamland", "That Old Black Magic", "Old Glory", "A Sweater, A Sarong and a Peek-a-Boo Bang", "Workin' on the Swing Shift", "I'm Doing It for Defense", "Sharp as a Tack"

"My Favorite Blonde"
(1942, Paramount) as: "Man Giving Directions" (cameo) Cast: Bob Hope, Madeleine Carroll

(1943, Paramount) as: "Dan Emmett" Cast: Dorothy Lamour, Marjorie Reynolds, Billy De Wolfe, Lynne Overman Songs: "Sunday, Monday and Always", "If You Please", "A Horse That Knows the Way Back Home", "She's From Missouri", "Kinda Peculiar Brown"

"Going My Way"
(1944, Paramount) as: "Father Chuck O'Malley" Cast: Rise Stevens, Barry Fitzgerald, Gene Lockhart, William Frawley, Porter Hall Songs: "Too-ra-loo-ra-loo-ra", "Day After Forever", "Going My Way", "Swingin' on a Star"

"Here Comes the Waves"
(1944, Paramount) as: "Johnny Cabot" Cast: Betty Hutton, Sonny Tufts, Ann Doran, Gwen Crawford Songs: "My Mama Thinks I'm a Star", "I Promise You", "Let's Take the Long Way Home", "Here Come the Waves", "There's a Fellow Waiting in Poughkeepsie", "Accentuate the Positive"

"The Princess and the Pirate"
(1944, Goldwyn) cameo appearance (at the end) (uncredited) Cast: Bob Hope, Virginia Mayo

"The Bells of St. Mary's"
(1945, Rainbow-RKO) as: "Father Chuck O'Malley" Cast: Ingrid Bergman, Henry Travers, Ruth Donnelly, Joan Carroll Songs: "Aren't You Glad You're You," "Adeste Fideles," "In the Land of Beginning Again," "O Sanctissima" and "The Bells of St. Mary's"

"Duffy's Tavern"
(1945, Paramount) in a sketch with Jean Heather, Helen Walker, Gail Russell Cast: Ed Gardner, Victor Moore, Marjorie Reynolds

"Out of This World"
(1945, Paramount) as the singing voice for star Eddie Bracken (as a Crosby-like crooner) Cast: Eddie Bracken, Veronica Lake, Diana Lynn Songs: "Out of This World," "I'd Rather Be Me", "June Comes Around Every Year"

"Road to Utopia"
(1946, Paramount) as: "Duke Johnson" Cast: Bob Hope, Dorothy Lamour, Douglas Dumbrille, Hillary Brooke, Jack La Rue Songs: "Goodtime Charlie", "Welcome to My Dream", "Would You?", "It's Anybody's Spring", "Personality", "Put It There, Pal"

"Blue Skies"
(1946, Paramount) as: "Johnny Adams" Cast: Fred Astaire, Joan Caulfield, Billy De Wolfe, Olga San Juan Songs: "You Keep Coming Back Like a Song", "Puttin' on the Ritz", "A Couple of Song and Dance Men", "I've Got My Captain Working for Me Now", "Everybody Step"

"Road to Hollywood"
(1946, Astor Pictures Corporation) compilation of scenes from four of Bing's Mack Sennett two-reelers to illustrate Bing's fictional biography Featuring: Bud Pollard (as himself and narrator), Vernon Dent, Babe Kane, Arthur Stone

"Welcome Stranger"
(1947, Paramount) as: "Dr. James Pearson" Cast: Joan Caulfield, Barry Fitzgerald, Wanda Hendrix, Frank Paylen Songs: "Smile Right Back at the Sun", "Country Style", "As Long as I'm Dreaming", "My Heart Is a Hobo", "Smack in the Middle of Maine"

"Road to Rio"
(1947, Paramount) as: "Scat Sweeney" Cast: Bob Hope, Dorothy Lamour, Gale Sondergaard, Frank Faylen Songs: "But Beautiful", "You Don't Have to Know the Language", "Apalachicola, Florida", "For What?", "Experience"

"Variety Girl"
(1947, Paramount) cameo appearance with Bob Hope Cast: Mary Hatcher, Olga San Juan

"My Favorite Brunette"
(1947, Paramount) as: "Executioner" (cameo appearance at end) Cast: Bob Hope, Dorothy Lamour

"The Emperor Waltz"
(1948, Paramount) as: "Virgil Smith" Cast: Joan Fontaine, Roland Culver, Richard Haydn Songs: "I Kiss Your Hand, Madame", "The Kiss in Your Eyes", "Friendly Mountain", "Get Yourself a Phonograph", "The Emperor Waltz"

"A Connecticut Yankee In King Arthur's Court"
(1949, Paramount) as: "Hank Martin" Cast: Rhonda Fleming, William Bendix, Sir Cedric Hardwick, Henry Wilcoxon Songs: "Once and for Always", "If You Stub Your Toe on the Moon", "When Is Sometime", "Busy Doing Nothing", "Twixt Myself and Me"

"Top O' the Morning"
(1949, Paramount) as: "Joe Millqueen" Cast: Ann Blyth, Barry Fitzgerald, Hume Cronyn, Eileen Crowe Songs: "Top O' the Morning", "Oh, 'Tis Sweet to Think", "The Donovans", "You're in Love with Someone"

"The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad"
(1949, Walt Disney-RKO)(animated feature) as narrator for "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" Songs: "Who's that Coming Down the Street?", "Katrina", "The Headless Horseman"

"Down Memory Lane"
(1949, Eagle-Lion Films) (archive footage) compilation from the Mack Sennett studio, narrated by Steve Allen Cast: W.C. Fields, Mabel Normand, Gloria Swanson, Ben Turbin (archive footage)

"Riding High"
(1950, Paramount) as: "Dan Brooks" Cast: Colleen Gray, Charles Bickford, William Demarest, Frances Gifford, Gene Lockhart Songs: "Sunshine Cake", "The Horse Told Me", "Sure Thing", "Some Place on Anywhere Road"

"Mr. Music"
(1950, Paramount) as: "Paul Merrick" Cast: Nancy Olson, Charles Coburn, Robert Stack, Groucho Marx Songs: "Life Is So Peculiar", "High on the List", "Wouldn't It Be Funny", "Wasn't I There?", "Mr. Music?", "Once More the Blue and White", "Milady", "Then You'll Be Home"

"Here Comes the Groom"
(1951, Paramount) as: "Pete Garvey" Cast: Jane Wyman, Alexis Smith, Franchot Tone, James Barton Songs: "In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening", "Bonne Nuit", "Your Own Little House", "Misto Christofo Columbo"

"Angels in the Outfield"
(1951, MGM) in cameo appearance (as part owner of the Pittsburgh Pirates baseball team) Cast: Paul Douglas, Janet Leigh, Keenan Wynn

"Just For You"
(1952, Paramount) as: "Jordan Blake" Cast: Jane Wyman, Ethel Barrymore, Natalie Wood, Robert Arthur Songs: "Zing a Little Zong", "He's Just Crazy for Me", "Just For You", "The Live Oak Tree", "A Flight of Fancy", "I'll Si-Si Ya in Bahia", "On the 10:10"

"Road to Bali"
(1952, Paramount) as: "George Cochran" Cast: Bob Hope, Dorothy Lamour, Murvyn Vye, Peter Coe Songs: "The Merry Go Runaround", "Chicago Style", "Hoot-Mon", "To See You", "Moonflowers"

"The Greatest Show on Earth"
(1952, Paramount) cameo appearance with Bob Hope Cast: Charlton Heston, James Stewart, Betty Hutton, Cornel Wilde, Dorothy Lamour

"Son of Paleface"
(1952, Paramount) cameo appearance Cast: Bob Hope, Jane Russell, Roy Rogers

"Scared Stiff"
(1953, Paramount) cameo appearance with Bob Hope Cast: Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis

"Little Boy Lost"
(1953, Paramount) as: "Bill Wainwright" Cast: Claude Dauphin, Christian Fourcade, Gabrielle Dorziat, Nicole Maurey Songs: "Mon Coeur est un Violon", A Propos de Rien", "If It's All the Same to You", Surle pont d'Avignon", "Frere Jacques", "The Magic Window"

"White Christmas"
(1954, Paramount) as: "Bob Wallace" Cast: Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, Vera Ellen Songs: "Love, You Didn't Do Right by Me", "White Christmas", "Count Your Blessings", "Sisters", "The Old Man"

"The County Girl"
(1954, Paramount) as: "Frank Elgin" Cast: Grace Kelly, William Holden, Anthony Ross, Gene Reynolds Songs: "The Pitchman", "Live and Learn", "The Search Is Through"

"Anything Goes"
(1956, Paramount) as: "Bill Benson" Cast: Donald O'Connor, Mitzi Gaynor, Jeanmarie, Phil Harris Songs: "I Get a Kick Out of You", "You're the Top", "All Through the Night", "It's De-Lovely", "You Can Bounce Right Back"

"High Society"
(1956, MGM) as: "C.K. Dexter-Haven" Cast: Grace Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Celeste Holm, Louis Calhern, Louis Armstrong Songs: "Now You Has Jazz", "Mind if I Make Love to You", "True Love", "High Society", "Well, Did You Eva?", "I Love You, Samantha"

"Man on Fire"
(1957, MGM) as: "Earl Carleton" Cast: Inger Stevens, E.G. Marshall, Mary Fickett, Malcolm Brodrick

"Say One for Me"
(1959, 20th Century Fox) as: "Father Conroy" Cast: Debbie Reynolds, Robert Wagner, Ray Walston, Frank McHugh Songs: "Say One for Me", "The Secret of Christmas"

"Alias Jesse James"
(1959, United Artists, Hope Enterprises, Inc.) cameo appearance Cast: Bob Hope, Rhonda Fleming, Wendell Corey

"High Time"
(1960, 20th Century Fox) as: "Harvey Howard" Cast: Fabian, Tuesday Weld, Nicole Maurey, Richard Beymer, Yvonne Craig

"Let's Make Love"
(1960, 20th Century Fox) cameo appearance Cast: Marilyn Monroe, Yves Montand

(1960, Columbia) cameo appearance Cast: Dan Dailey, Shirley Jones, Cantinflas

"The Road to Hong Kong"
(1962, United Artists) as: "Harry Turner" Cast: Bob Hope, Joan Collins, Dorothy Lamour, Robert Morley Songs: "Let's Not Be Sensible", "Teamwork", "It's the Only Way to Travel", "We're on the Road to Hong Kong", "Warmer Than a Whisper"

"The Sound of Laughter"
(1963, Union Films) compilation of film footage, narrated by Ed Wynn

"Robin and the Seven Hoods"
(1964, Warner Bros.) as: "Allen A. Dale" Cast: Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr., Peter Falk, Barbara Rush Songs: "Style", "Mr. Booze", "My Kind of Town", "All For One and One for All", "Charlotte Couldn't Charleston", "Any Man Who Loves His Mother", "Don't Be A Do-Badder", "Bang-Bang"

"Cinerama's Russian Adventure"
(1966, United Roadshow Presentations, Inc.) as narrator

(1966, 20th Century Fox) as: "Doc Josiah Boone" Cast: Ann-Margaret, Red Buttons, Alex Cord, Michael Connors, Bob Cummings

"Cancel My Reservation"
(1972, Warner Bros.) cameo appearance (uncredited) Cast: Bob Hope, Eva Marie Saint

"That's Entertainment"
(1974, MGM) as one of the celebrity hosts Compilations of musical footage

Short subjects (includes two-reelers for Mack Sennett):

"Two Plus Fours"
(1930, Pathe)

"I Surrender Dear"
(1931, Mack Sennett) as himself

"Just One More Chance"
(1931, Mack Sennett-Atlantic Pictures) as: "Bing" Cast: Franklin Pangborn, Babe Kane

"Dream House"
(1931, Mack Sennett) (aka "Crooner's Holiday") as: "Bing Fawcett"

"Blue of the Night"
(1931, Mack Sennett) as himself Cast: Franklin Pangborn, Babe Kane

"Sing, Bing, Sing"
(1931, Mack Sennett-Paramount) as himself

"Bring on Bing"
(1931, Mack Sennett-Paramount)

"Hollywood on Parade"
(1932, Paramount) Featuring: Gary Cooper, Stuart Erwin

"Star Night at the Cocoanut Grove"
(1935, MGM) Featuring: Leo Carillo, Jack Oakie

"Hollywood Handicap"
(1938, MGM) as himself (uncredited) Featuring: Edgar Bergen, Oliver Hardy, Al Jolson, Dorothy Lamour, Mickey Rooney

"Don't Hook Now"
(1938, Paramount) as himself Note: Bob Hope appeared (as himself) for the first time with Bing Crosby in this short about a Bing Crosby tournament

"Show Business at War"
(1943, 20th Century Fox) as himself Featuring: Louis Armstrong, James Cagney, W.C. Fields, Bob Hope, Clark Gable, Carole Lombard

"The Road to Victory"
(1944, Warner Bros./War Activities Committee of the Motion Picture Industry)Featuring: Cary Grant, Frank Sinatra, Dennis Morgan, Jack Carson

"Hollywood Victory Caravan"
(1945) Featuring: Humphrey Bogart, Bob Hope, Alan Ladd, Barbara Stanwyck

"The All-Star Band Rally"
(1945, 20th Century Fox) as himself Host: Bob Hope Featuring: Betty Grable, Harry James, Harpo Marx, Carmen Miranda

The "Road" Pictures

There were seven "road" pictures. They were all box office hits. "On the Road With Bob Hope and Bing Crosby Collection" (Road to Singapore/Road to Zanzibar/Road to Morocco/Road to Utopia)

"Road to Singapore"
(1940, Paramount)

"Road to Zanzibar"
(1941, Paramount)

"Road to Morocco"
(1942, Paramount)

"Road to Utopia"
(1946, Paramount)

"Road to Rio"
(1947, Paramount)

"Road to Bali"
(1952, Paramount)

"The Road to Hong Kong"
(1962, United Artists)

Producer Filmography includes:

"Abie's Irish Rose"



"Mean Dog Blues"

"Ben Casey"
(television series 1961-1966)

Notable TV guest appearances include:

"The Hollywood Palace"
(1964) as: "Guest Host" 1/4/1964 (he was guest host over 30 times)

"The Andy Williams Show"
(1962) 10/30/1966

"I Married Jane"
(1952) as: "Guest" 2/25/1953

"The Philco Television Playhouse"
(1948) in episode: "A Christmas Carol" (episode #1.12) 12/19/1948

"The Jackie Gleason Show"
(1966) as: "Himself" (episode #4.2) 10/4/1969

"The Flip Wilson Show"

"The Pearl Bailey Show"
(1971) 1/23/1971

Television specials and movies include:

"High Tor", for "Four Star Jubilee"
(March 10, 1956) Cast: Julie Andrews

"The Edsel Show"
(1957) With Frank Sinatra, Louis Armstrong and Rosemary Clooney

"The Timex Show"
(1959) With Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Mitzi Gaynor

"The Road to Lebanon"
(1966) A Danny Thomas special with Bob Hope (which spoofed the Road pictures)

(1970, NBC) With his family (a partially animated musical)

"Dr. Cook's Garden"
(1971, ABC) as Dr. Leonard Cook Cast: Frank Converse, Blythe Danner

"A Couple of Song and Dance Men"
(1975, CBS) With Fred Astaire and the Crosby Family

In November 1975, Bing and Kathryn Crosby were interviewed at their home on daytime television's "Mike Douglas Show".

In March 1977, he hosted a 90-minute celebration on CBS of his 50 years in show business.

In May 1977, he was interviewed at his home for Barbara Walters' third celebrity special, which aired later that month.


1944 Won an Oscar for Best Actor for "Going My Way" (1944)
1945 Nominated for an Oscar as Best Actor for "The Bells of St. Mary's" (1945)
1954 Won National Board of Review Award as Best Actor for "The Country Girl" (1954)
1955 Nominated for an Oscar as Best Actor for "The Country Girl" (1954)
1960 Won the Golden Globe's Cecil B. DeMille Award

Box Office Ranking

As a movie star, he placed in the box office Top 10 for 20 years. The following is how he ranked in specific years:

1940 #7
1943 #4
1944 #1
1945 #1
1946 #1
1947 #1
1948 #1
1949 #2
1950 #3


During his career it is estimated Bing Crosby made over 2,000 commercial recordings. Here are some highlights.

Bing introduced 14 songs in his movies that were nominated for Oscars, 4 of which won the Oscar.

"Love in Bloom"
from the film "She Loves Me Not".

"Pennies From Heaven"
from the film of the same name.

"Sweet Leilani"
from "Waikiki Wedding" (*won the Oscar).

"Only Forever"
from "Rhythm on the River".

"White Christmas"
from "Holiday Inn" (*won the Oscar).

"Swinging on a Star"
from "Going My Way" (*won the Oscar).

"Accentuate the Positive"
from "Here Comes the Waves".

"Aren't You Glad You're You"
from "The Bells of St. Mary's".

"You Keep Coming Back Like a Song"
from "Blue Skies".

"In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening"
from "Here Comes the Groom" (*won the Oscar).

"Zing A Little Zong"
from "Just For You".

"Count Your Blessings"
from "White Christmas".

"True Love"
from "High Society".

"The Second Time Around"
from "High Time".


Bing Crosby Gold Songs Collection
Sweet Leilani

San Antonio Rose

White Christmas

Silent Night 

I'll Be Home for Christmas

Sunday, Monday or Always

Pistol Packin Mama (w/ Andrews Sisters)

Jingle Bells

Swinging on a Star


Don't Fence Me In (w/ Andrews Sisters)

I Can't Begin to Tell You

McNamara's Band

South America, Take it Away (w/ Andrews Sisters)

Alexander's Ragtime Band (w/ Al Jolson)

Whiffenpoof Song

Now is the Hour

Galway Bay

Dear Hearts and Gentle People

Sam's Song/Play a Simple Melody (w/ Gary Crosby)

True Love (w/ Grace Kelly)

High Society soundtrack

Merry Christmas (an album anthology)

Seasons (Bing's last album went gold in England)

According to Joel Whitburn, author of Pop Memories: 1890-1954, Bing Crosby was the most popular recording artist of the pre-rock era, 1890-1954. During this time, Bing charted more records (368) and number one hits than any other artist. Forty-two of Bing's singles and one album went to the top of the charts during his career. One of these singles, Bing's 1942 recording of White Christmas, topped the pop charts in three different years (1942, 1945 and 1947). In comparison, Paul McCartney, with and without the Beatles, has had 31 chart-topping singles, and Elvis had 18 in his career.


(All are singles except for the album "Merry Christmas", which topped the Billboard charts in 1957. Following each song in parenthesis are the number of weeks it topped the charts).

My Blue Heaven (1)

Ol' Man River (1)

Great Day (2)

Three Little Words (3)

Out of Nowhere (3)
Just One More Chance (2)
At Your Command (3)
Dinah (2)

Please (6)
Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? (2)

You're Getting to be a Habit with Me (4)
Shadow Waltz (2)

Little Dutch Mill (5)
Love in Bloom (6)
June in January (7)

Soon (1)
It's Easy to Remember (2)
Red Sails in the Sunset (2)

Pennies from Heaven (10)

Sweet Leilani (10)
Too Marvelous for Words (1)
The Moon Got in My Eyes (4)
Remember Me? (3)
Bob White (1)

I've Got a Pocketful of Dreams (4)
Alexander's Ragtime Band (2)
You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby (2)

Sierra Sue (4)
Trade Winds (4)
Only Forever (9)

White Christmas (11)
Moonlight Becomes You (2)

Sunday, Monday or Always (7)

San Fernando Valley (5)
I Love You (5)
I'll Be Seeing You (4)
Swinging on a Star (9)
A Hot Time in the Town of Berlin (6)
Don't Fence Me In (8)

It's Been a Long, Long Time (2)
I Can't Begin to Tell You (6)
White Christmas (2)

1947 (January)
White Christmas (1)

Now is the Hour (3)

Merry Christmas (1) (long-playing album)

Top 40 Hits

This list is abstracted from Joel Whitburn's "Pop Memories: 1890-1954", "Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits" and "Billboard Book of Top 40 Albums". The numbers at the end refer to the peak position that each record attained in the pop charts. Most of these recordings are charted singles unless otherwise indicated. Recordings that charted more than once are listed only once unless Bing re-recorded the song, which he did in the case of White Christmas. Bing's vocal and instrumental accompaniment are listed beside each hit recording.

Muddy Water
(Paul Whiteman Orchestra) 11

I'm Comin' Virginia
(Al Rinker, Harry Barris, Paul Whiteman's Orchestra) 6

Side By Side
(Al Rinker, Harry Barris, Paul Whiteman's Orchestra) 3

My Blue Heaven
(Al Rinker, Austin Young, Jack Fulton, Charles Gaylord, Paul Whiteman Orchestra) 1

The Calinda
(Austin Young, Jack Fulton, Charles Gaylord, Paul Whiteman Orchestra) 7

(Al Rinker, Austin Young, Jack Fulton, Charles Gaylord, Paul Whiteman Orchestra) 4

Ol' Man River
(Paul Whiteman Orchestra) 1

Mississippi Mud
(Frank Trumbauer Orchestra) 18

Make Believe
(Paul Whiteman Orchestra) 7

Mississippi Mud
(Irene Taylor, Al Rinker, Harry Barris, Jack Fulton, Austin Young, 
Charles Gaylord, Paul Whiteman Orchestra) 6

From Monday
(Al Rinker, Austin Young, Jack Fulton, Charles Gaylord, Paul Whiteman Orchestra) 14

It Was the Dawn of Love
(Al Rinker, Austin Young, Charles Gaylord, Paul Whiteman Orchestra) 19

(Jack Fulton, Austin Young, Charles Gaylord, Paul Whiteman Orchestra) 12

You Took Advantage of Me
(Jack Fulton, Austin Young, Charles Gaylord, Paul Whiteman Orchestra) 9

I'm on the Crest of a Wave
(Austin Young, Jack Fulton, Charles Gaylord, Paul Whiteman Orchestra) 6

Out of Town Gal
(Al Rinker, Harry Barris, Paul Whiteman Orchestra) 16

Silent Night, Holy Night
(Al Rinker, Harry Barris, Austin Young, Jack Fulton, 
Charles Gaylord, Paul Whiteman Orchestra) 6

Makin' Whoopee
(Austin Young, Jack Fulton, Charles Gaylord, Paul Whiteman Orchestra) 8

(Paul Whiteman's Rhythm Boys) 6

Little Pal
(Paul Whiteman Orchestra) 9

Your Mother and Mine
(Al Rinker, Harry Barris, Paul Whiteman Orchestra) 16

Waiting at the End of the Road
(Paul Whiteman Orchestra) 12

Great Day
(Paul Whiteman Orchestra) 1

Without a Song
(Paul Whiteman Orchestra) 6

I'm a Dreamer, Aren't We All?
(Al Rinker, Harry Barris, Jack Fulton, Paul Whiteman Orchestra) 6

If I Had a Talking Picture of You
(Paul Whiteman Orchestra) 7

After You've Gone
(Paul Whiteman Orchestra) 14

A Bundle of Old Love Letters
(Paul Whiteman Orchestra) 10

Livin' in the Sunlight, Lovin' in the Moonlight
(Paul Whiteman Orchestra) 16

I Like to do Things for You
(Al Rinker, Harry Barris, Paul Whiteman Orchestra) 19

You Brought a New Kind of Love to Me
(Paul Whiteman Orchestra) 3

Three Little Words
(The Rhythm Boys and Duke Ellington Orchestra) 1

It Must Be True
(Gus Arnheim's Cocoanut Grove Orchestra) 4

Them There Eyes
(The Rhythm Boys and Gus Arnheim's Cocoanut Grove Orchestra) 7

The Little Things in Life
(Gus Arnheim's Cocoanut Grove Orchestra) 4

I Surrender Dear
(Gus Arnheim's Cocoanut Grove Orchestra) 3

One More Time
(Gus Arnheim's Cocoanut Grove Orchestra) 5

Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams
(Gus Arnheim's Cocoanut Grove Orchestra) 4

Just a Gigolo
(Gus Arnheim's Cocoanut Grove Orchestra) 12

Out of Nowhere
(studio orchestra) 1

Ho Hum!
(Loyce Whiteman and Gus Arnheim's Cocoanut Grove Orchestra) 6

Were You Sincere?
(Victor Young Orchestra) 12

Just One More Chance
(Victor Young Orchestra) 1

I'm Through With Love 3

Many Happy Returns of the Day 3

I Found a Million Dollar Baby 2

At Your Command
(Harry Barris on the piano) 1

I Apologise
(Victor Young Orchestra) 3

Dancing in the Dark
(Victor Young Orchestra) 3

(Victor Young Orchestra) 5

Sweet and Lovely 9, 27 (1944)

A Faded Summer Love
(Victor Young Orchestra) 8

Goodnight Sweetheart
(Victor Young Orchestra) 5

Gems from George White's Scandals
(Victor Young Orchestra) 3

Where the Blue of the Night
(Bennie Krueger Orchestra) 4

(The Mills Brothers) 1

Can't We Talk it Over?
(Helen Crawford on the organ) 10

Snuggled on Your Shoulder
(Benny Krueger Orchestra) 11

(Mills Brothers) 7

Paradise 7

Sweet Georgia Brown
(Isham Jones Orchestra) 2

Waltzing in a Dream
(Isham Jones Orchestra) 6

Lazy Day
(Isham Jones Orchestra) 4

Cabin in the Cotton
(Lennie Hayton Orchestra) 11

Love Me Tonight
(Isham Jones Orchestra) 4

Some of These Days
(Isham Jones Orchestra) 16

(Anson Weeks Orchestra) 1

Here Lies Love 11

A Ghost of a Chance 5

Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?
(Lennie Hayton Orchestra) 1

Just an Echo in the Valley 2

On a Street of Dreams 13

You're Getting to be a Habit with Me
(Guy Lombardo Orchestra) 1

Young and Healthy
(Guy Lombardo Orchestra) 2

You're Beautiful Tonight, My Dear
(Guy Lombardo Orchestra) 12

I've Got the World on a String
(Dorsey Brothers Orchestra) 19

You've Got Me Crying Again 12

Someone Stole Gabriel's Horn
(Dorsey Brothers Orchestra) 14 (1939)

My Love
(Jimmie Grier Orchestra) 4

Blue Prelude
(Jimmie Grier Orchestra) 10

Learn to Croon
(Jimmie Grier Orchestra) 3

Shadow Waltz
(Jimmie Grier Orchestra) 1

I've Got to Sing a Torch Song
(Jimmie Grier Orchestra) 9

Down the Old Ox Road
(Jimmie Grier Orchestra) 8

(Jimmie Grier Orchestra) 2

The Day You Came Along
(Jimmie Grier Orchestra) 3

Beautiful Girl
(Lennie Hayton Orchestra) 11

The Last Roundup
(Lennie Hayton Orchestra) 2

Home on the Range
(Lennie Hayton Orchestra) 18

We'll Make Hay While the Sun Shines
(Lennie Hayton Orchestra) 8

(Lennie Hayton Orchestra) 3

Did You Ever See a Dream Walking?
(Lennie Hayton Orchestra) 5

Love Thy Neighbor
(Nat Finston Orchestra) 2

Once in a Blue Moon
(Nat Finston Orchestra) 11

Goodnight Lovely Little Lady
(Nat Finston Orchestra) 2

May I?
(Nat Finston Orchestra) 4

Little Dutch Mill
(Jimmie Grier Orchestra) 1

She Reminds Me of You
(Jimmie Grier Orchestra) 10

Ridin' Around in the Rain
(Jimmie Grier Orchestra) 13

Love in Bloom
(Irving Aaronson and his Commanders) 1

Straight from the Shoulder
(Irving Aaronson and his Commanders) 16

Give Me A Heart to Sing To
(Irving Aaronson and his Commanders) 12

The Moon Was Yellow
(Georgie Stoll Orchestra) 13

The Very Thought of You
(Georgie Stoll Orchestra) 11

Two Cigarettes in the Dark
(Georgie Stoll Orchestra) 5

With Every Breath I Take
(Georgie Stoll Orchestra) 4

June in January
(Georgie Stoll Orchestra) 1

Love is Just Around the Corner
(Georgie Stoll Orchestra) 8

Maybe I'm Wrong Again
(Georgie Stoll Orchestra) 14

(Georgie Stoll Orchestra) 1

Down by the River
(Georgie Stoll Orchestra) 17

It's Easy to Remember
(Georgie Stoll Orchestra) 1

From the Top of Your Head
(Dorsey Brothers Orchestra) 10

I Wish I Were Aladdin
(Dorsey Brothers Orchestra) 7

I Wished on the Moon
(Dorsey Brothers Orchestra) 2

Without a Word of Warning
(Dorsey Brothers Orchestra) 5

Red Sails in the Sunset
(Dorsey Brothers Orchestra) 1

On Treasure Island
(Victor Young Orchestra) 8

Silent Night, Holy Night
(Guardsmen Quartet and Victor Young Orchestra) 7, 10 (1938), 11 (1941)

The Touch of Your Lips
(Victor Young Orchestra) 4

Would You?
(Victor Young Orchestra) 20

Robins and Roses
(Victor Young Orchestra) 2

It Ain't Necessarily So
(Victor Young Orchestra) 18

Empty Saddles
(Victor Young Orchestra) 8

I Can't Escape You
(Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra) 7

I'm an Old Cowhand
(Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra) 2

Song of the Islands
(Dick McIntire and his Harmony Hawaiians) 14

So Do I
(Georgie Stoll Orchestra) 1

Let's Call a Heart a Heart
(Georgie Stoll Orchestra) 10

One, Two, Button Your Shoe
(Georgie Stoll Orchestra) 19

South Sea Island Magic
(Dick McIntire and his Harmony Hawaiians) 3

Me and the Moon
(Victor Young Orchestra) 9

Sweet Leilani
(Lani McIntire and his Hawaiians) 1

Blue Hawaii
(Lani McIntire and his Hawaiians) 5

Never in a Million Years
(Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra) 2

What Will I Tell My Heart?
(Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra) 5

Too Marvelous for Words
(Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra) 1

(Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra) 9

The One Rose
(Victor Young Orchestra) 8

Sweet is the Word for You
(Victor Young Orchestra) 8

Moonlight and Shadows
(Victor Young Orchestra) 10

My Little Buckaroo
(Victor Young Orchestra) 19

It's the Natural Thing to Do
(John Scott Trotter Orchestra) 2

The Moon Got in My Eyes
(John Scott Trotter Orchestra) 1

(John Scott Trotter Orchestra) 18

Sail Along Silvery Moon
(Lani McIntire and his Hawaiians) 4

Can I Forget You?
(John Scott Trotter Orchestra)8

I Still Love to Kiss You Goodnight
(John Scott Trotter Orchestra) 6

Remember Me?
(John Scott Trotter Orchestra) 1

Basin Street Blues
(Connie Boswell and the John Scott Trotter Orchestra) 12

Bob White
(Connie Boswell and the John Scott Trotter Orchestra) 1

There's A Gold Mine in the Sky
(Eddie Dunstedter on the organ) 6

When the Organ Played "Oh Promise Me"
(Eddie Dunstedter on the organ) 5

On the Sentimental Side
(John Scott Trotter Orchestra) 4

The Moon of Manakoora
(John Scott Trotter Orchestra) 10

Alexander's Ragtime Band
(Connie Boswell and the Victor Young Orchestra) 1

Let Me Whisper I Love You
(John Scott Trotter Orchestra) 7

When Mother Nature Sings Her Lullaby
(Eddie Dunstedter on the organ) 3

I've Got a Pocketful of Dreams
(John Scott Trotter Orchestra) 1

Now It Can Be Told
(John Scott Trotter Orchestra) 7

Small Fry
(Johnny Mercer and the Victor Young Small Fryers) 3

Mr. Gallagher and Mr. Shean
(Johnny Mercer and Victor Young's Small Fryers) 7

Don't Let That Moon Get Away
(John Scott Trotter Orchestra) 19

Mexicali Rose
(John Scott Trotter Orchestra) 3

You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby
(Bob Crosby Orchestra) 1

My Reverie
(Bob Crosby Orchestra) 3

You're a Sweet Little Headache
(John Scott Trotter Orchestra) 3

I Have Eyes
(John Scott Trotter Orchestra) 4

The Funny Old Hills
(John Scott Trotter Orchestra) 5

Ah, Sweet Mystery of Life
(Victor Young Orchestra) 12

I'm Falling in Love with Someone
(Frances Langford and Victor Young's Orchestra)

My Melancholy Baby
(John Scott Trotter Orchestra) 14

I Cried for You
(John Scott Trotter Orchestra) 13

The Lonesome Road
(John Scott Trotter Orchestra) 12

Between a Kiss and a Sigh 15

It's a Lonely Trail 17

East Side of Heaven
(John Scott Trotter Orchestra) 6

That Sly Old Gentleman
(John Scott Trotter Orchestra) 10

Sing a Song of Sunbeams
(John Scott Trotter Orchestra) 8

Deep Purple
(Matty Malneck Orchestra) 14

God Bless America
(John Scott Trotter Orchestra) 17

Little Sir Echo
(John Scott Trotter Orchestra) 3

I'm Building a Sailboat of Dreams
(John Scott Trotter Orchestra)

En El Rancho Grande
(John Scott Trotter's Frying Pan Five) 6

Whistling in the Wildwood
(John Scott Trotter Orchestra) 14

And the Angels Sing
(John Scott Trotter Orchestra) 10

Go Fly a Kite
(John Scott Trotter Orchestra) 10

A Man and His Dream
(John Scott Trotter Orchestra) 4

Just One More Chance
(John Scott Trotter Orchestra) 16

My Isle of Golden Dreams
(Dick McIntire and his Harmony Hawaiians) 18

Start the Day Right
(Connie Boswell and the John Scott Trotter Orchestra) 12

An Apple for the Teacher
(Connie Boswell and the John Scott Trotter Orchestra) 2

What's New?
(John Scott Trotter Orchestra) 2

(The Andrews Sisters and Joe Venuti Orchestra) 13

Yodelin' Jive
(The Andrews Sisters and Joe Venuti Orchestra) 4

I'm Too Romantic
(John Scott Trotter Orchestra) 3

Sweet Potato Piper
(John Scott Trotter's Frying Pan Five) 11

Between 18th and 19th on Chestnut Street
(Connie Boswell, John Scott Trotter Orchestra) 12

Tumbling Tumbleweeds
(John Scott Trotter Orchestra) 12

The Singing Hills
(John Scott Trotter Orchestra) 3

Sierra Sue
(John Scott Trotter Orchestra) 1

Meet the Sun Half Way
(John Scott Trotter Orchestra) 15

April Played the Fiddle
(John Scott Trotter Orchestra) 10

I Haven't Time to be a Millionaire
(John Scott Trotter Orchestra) 13

Mister Meadowlark
(Johnny Mercer with the Victor Young Orchestra) 18

Trade Winds
(Dick McIntire and his Harmony Hawaiians) 1

When the Moon Comes Over Madison Square
(John Scott Trotter Orchestra) 27

Only Forever
(John Scott Trotter Orchestra) 1

That's For Me
(John Scott Trotter Orchestra) 9

Can't Get Indiana Off My Mind
(John Scott Trotter Orchestra) 8

Where the Blue of the Night
(Paradise Island Trio) 27

Paradise Isle
(Paradise Island Trio) 23

You Made Me Love You
(The Merry Macs and the Victor Young Orchestra) 25

(John Scott Trotter Orchestra) 24

Along the Santa Fe Trail
(John Scott Trotter Orchestra) 4

Lone Star Trail
(John Scott Trotter Orchestra) 23

Did Your Mother Come From Ireland?
(The Kings Men, Victor Young Orchestra) 22

New San Antonio Rose
(Bob Crosby Orchestra) 7

It Makes No Difference Now
(Bob Crosby Orchestra) 23

(The Merry Macs and Bob Crosby's Bobcats) 2

Brahm's Lullaby
(John Scott Trotter Orchestra) 20

You and I
(John Scott Trotter Orchestra) 5

Be Honest with Me
(John Scott Trotter Orchestra) 19

The Waiter, the Porter, the Upstairs Maid
(Mary Martin, Jack Teagarden Orchestra) 23

(The Music Maids and the John Scott Trotter Orchestra) 20

Lights Out Til Reveille
(John Scott Trotter Orchestra) 6

Mary's a Grand Old Name
(John Scott Trotter Orchestra) 20 (1943)

You are My Sunshine
(Victor Young Orchestra) 19

The Anniversary Waltz
(Victor Young Orchestra) 24

The Whistler's Mother in Law
(Muriel Lane and the Woody Herman Orchestra) 9

Shepherd Serenade
(Harry Sosnik Orchestra) 4

Deep in the Heart of Texas
(Woody Herman Orchestra) 3

Sing Me a Song of the Islands
(Dick McIntire and his Harmony Hawaiians) 22

Miss You
(John Scott Trotter Orchestra) 9

(John Scott Trotter Orchestra) 14

When the White Azaleas Start Blooming
(Victor Young Orchestra) 21

The Lamplighter's Serenade
(Victor Young Orchestra) 23

I Don't Want to Walk Without You
(John Scott Trotter Orchestra) 9

Let's Start the New Year Right
(Bob Crosby Orchestra) 18 (1943)

White Christmas
(Ken Darby Singers and John Scott Trotter Orchestra) 1, 6 (1943), 
5 (1944), 1 (1945), 1 (1947)

The Bombardier Song
(John Scott Trotter Orchestra) 19

Easter Parade
(The Music Maids and the John Scott Trotter Orchestra) 22 (1947), 22 (1948)

Be Careful, It's My Heart
(The Music Maids and the John Scott Trotter Orchestra) 2

Moonlight Becomes You
(John Scott Trotter Orchestra) 1

(John Scott Trotter Orchestra) 13

Sunday, Monday or Always
(Ken Darby Singers) 1

If You Please
(Ken Darby Singers) 5

People Will Say We're in Love
(Trudy Erwin and the Sportsmen Glee Club) 2

Oh What a Beautiful Morning
(Trudy Erwin and the Sportsmen Glee Club) 4

Pistol Packin' Mama
(The Andrews Sisters and the Vic Schoen Orchestra) 2

Victory Polka
(The Andrews Sisters and the Vic Schoen Orchestra) 5

Jingle Bells
(The Andrews Sisters and the Vic Schoen Orchestra) 19, 21 (1947)

Santa Claus is Coming to Town
(The Andrews Sisters and the Vic Schoen Orchestra) 22 (1947)

(John Scott Trotter Orchestra) 3

I'll Be Home for Christmas
(John Scott Trotter Orchestra) 3, 16 (1944)

It Could Happen to You
(John Scott Trotter Orchestra) 18

San Fernando Valley
(John Scott Trotter Orchestra) 1

Swinging on a Star
(The Williams Brothers and the John Scott Trotter Orchestra) 1

The Day After Forever
(John Scott Trotter Orchestra) 15

Going My Way
(John Scott Trotter Orchestra) 15

I Love You [Cole Porter]
(John Scott Trotter Orchestra) 1

Night and Day
(John Scott Trotter Orchestra) 21 (1946)

(John Scott Trotter Orchestra) 2

I'll Be Seeing You
(John Scott Trotter Orchestra) 1

On the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe
(Six Hits and a Miss, John Scott Trotter Orchestra) 3 (1945)

Long Ago and Far Away
(John Scott Trotter Orchestra) 5

Like Someone in Love
(John Scott Trotter Orchestra) 15

A Hot Time in the Town of Berlin
(The Andrews Sisters, Vic Schoen Orchestra) 1

Is You Is, Or Is You Ain't Ma Baby?
(The Andrews Sisters, Vic Schoen Orchestra) 2

(John Scott Trotter Orchestra)4

Sleigh Ride in July
(John Scott Trotter Orchestra) 14

Just a Prayer Away
(Ethel Smith on the organ and the Ken Darby Singers) 4

Don't Fence Me In
(The Andrews Sisters and the Vic Schoen Orchestra) 1

The Three Caballeros
(The Andrews Sisters and the Vic Schoen Orchestra) 8

My Baby Said Yes
(Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five) 14

(Carmarata Orchestra) 9

Accent-Tchu-Ate the Positive
(The Andrews Sisters and the Vic Schoen Orchestra) 2

Road to Morocco
(Bob Hope and the Vic Schoen Orchestra) 21

All of My Life
(John Scott Trotter Orchestra) 12

(Xavier Cugat Orchestra) 6

You Belong to My Heart
(Xavier Cugat Orchestra) 3

(Talk, Talk, Talk) (Judy Garland and the Joseph Lilley Orchestra) 5

If I Loved You
(John Scott Trotter Orchestra) 8

Along the Navajo Trail
(The Andrews Sisters and the Vic Schoen Orchestra) 2

It's Been a Long Time
(Les Paul Trio) 1

I Can't Begin to Tell You
(Carmen Cavallaro on the piano) 1

Give Me the Simple Life
(Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra) 16

In the Land of Beginning Again
(John Scott Trotter Orchestra) 18

Aren't You Glad You're You?
(John Scott Trotter Orchestra) 8

The Bells of St. Mary's
(John Scott Trotter Orchestra) 21

Day by Day
(Mel Torme, the Meltones and the Les Paul Trio) 15

(Victory Young Orchestra) 3

McNamara's Band
(The Jesters and the Bob Haggart Orchestra) 10

Sioux City Sue
(The Jesters and the Bob Haggart Orchestra) 3

(Eddie Condon Orchestra) 9

They Say It's Wonderful
(Jay Blackton Orchestra) 12

A Gal in Calico
(John Scott Trotter Orchestra) 8

Get Your Kicks on Route 66
(The Andrews Sisters, Vic Schoen Orchestra) 14

South America Take it Away
(The Andrews Sisters, Vic Schoen Orchestra) 2

You Keep Coming Back Like a Song
(John Scott Trotter Orchestra) 12

That's How Much I Love You
(The Chickadees and Bob Crosby's Bobcats) 17

White Christmas
(Ken Darby Singers, John Scott Trotter Orchestra) 3, 6 (1948), 
5 (1949), 13 (1950), 13 (1951), 21 (1953), 21 (1954), 7 (1955), 
34 (1957), 26 (1960), 12 (1961), 38 (1962)

Silent Night, Holy Night
(Ken Darby Singers, John Scott Trotter Orchestra) 22

There's No Business Like Show Business
(The Andrews Sisters, Dick Haymes, Vic Schoen Orchestra) 25

Alexander's Ragtime Band
(Al Jolson and the Morris Stoloff Orchestra) 20

(The Andrews Sisters and the Vic Schoen Orchestra) 10

Feudin' and Fightin'
(The Jesters and the Bob Haggart Orchestra) 9

The Freedom Train
(The Andrews Sisters and the Vic Schoen Orchestra) 21

You Do
(Carmen Cavallaro on the piano) 8

How Soon Will I Be Seeing You?
(Carmen Cavallaro on the piano) 6

Whiffenpoof Song
(Fred Waring's Glee Club) 7

Now is the Hour
(Ken Darby Choir) 1

Pass that Peace Pipe
(The Chickadees, John Scott Trotter Orchestra) 21

But Beautiful
(John Scott Trotter Orchestra) 20

Galway Bay
(John Scott Trotter Orchestra) 3

(John Scott Trotter Orchestra) 10

Blue Shadows on the Trail
(Ken Darby Choir and the Victor Young Orchestra) 23

A Hundred and Sixty Acres
(The Andrews Sisters and the Vic Schoen Orchestra) 23

If You Stub Your Toe on the Moon
(The Rhythmaires and Victor Young Orchestra) 27

A Fella with an Umbrella
(John Scott Trotter Orchestra) 23

1948 (the year the American Federation of Musicians was on strike)
Far Away Places
(Ken Darby Choir) 2

Bali Hai
(John Scott Trotter Orchestra) 12

Some Enchanted Evening
(John Scott Trotter Orchestra) 3

[Ghost] Riders in the Sky
(Perry Botkin and the Ken Darby Singers) 14

Careless Hands
(Perry Botkin and the Ken Darby Singers) 12

Way Back Home
(Fred Waring's Pennsylvanians) 21

Mule Train
(Perry Botkin String Band) 4

Dear Hearts and Gentle People
(Jud Conlon's Rhythmaires, Perry Botkin's String Band) 2

(The Andrews Sisters and the Vic Schoen Orchestra) 6

Have I Told You Lately That I Love You?
(The Andrews Sisters, Vic Schoen Orchestra) 24

Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy
(Vic Schoen Orchestra) 4

I Didn't Slip, I Was Pushed, I Fell
(The Aristokats and the Sy Oliver Orchestra) 22

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
(Jud Conlon's Rhythmaires, John Scott Trotter Orchestra) 14

I Cross My Fingers
(Axel Stordahl Orchestra) 18

La Vie En Rose
(Axel Stordahl Orchestra) 13

Play a Simple Melody
(Gary Crosby, Matty Matlock's All Stars) 2

Sam's Song
(Gary Crosby, Matty Matlock's All Stars) 3

All My Love
(Jeff Alexander Chorus, Victor Young Orchestra) 11

Harbor Lights
(Lyn Murray Orchestra) 8

Beyond the Reef
(Lyn Murray Orchestra) 26

A Crosby Family Christmas
(Bing's 4 sons, John Scott Trotter Orchestra) 22

Silver Bells
(Carole Richards, John Scott Trotter Orchestra) 20 (1952)

Marshmallow World
(Lee Gordon Singers, Sonny Burke Orchestra) 24

Sparrow in the Treetop
(The Andrews Sisters, Vic Schoen Orchestra) 8

Moonlight Bay
(Gary Crosby, Matty Matlock's All Stars) 14

When You and I Were Young, Maggie, Blues
(Gary Crosby, Matty Matlock's All Stars) 8

Gone Fishin'
(Louis Armstrong, John Scott Trotter Orchestra) 19

(Dave Barbour Orchestra) 21

In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening
(Jane Wymanb, Matty Matlock's All Stars, Six Hits and a Miss) 11

(John Scott Trotter Orchestra) 15

Till the End of the World
(Grady Martin and his Slew Foot Five) 16

Zing a Little Zong
(Jane Wyman, Jud Conlon's Rhythmaires, Nathan van Cleave Orchestra) 18

Watermelon Weather
(Peggy Lee, Vic Schoen Orchestra) 28

You Don't Know What Lonesome Is
(Perry Botkin on the guitar, The King's Men, Cass County Boys) 23

Open Up Your Heart
(Perry Botkin on the guitar, The King's Men, Cass County Boys) 22

Keep it a Secret
(John Scott Trotter Orchestra) 28

Hush A Bye
(Fred Warin's Pennsylvanians) 24

Down by the Riverside
(Gary Crosby, John Scott Trotter Orchestra) 28

Ya'll Come
(Cass County Boys, Perry Botkin Orchestra) 20

Changing Partners
(Cass County Boys, Perry Botkin Orchestra) 13

Young At Heart
(Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians) 24

Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep
(Joseph Lilley Orchestra) 27

"A Christmas Sing with Bing" [CBS radio long-playing album]
(Norman Luboff Choir, Paul Weston Orchestra) 21

True Love
(Grace Kelly and the MGM Orchestra) 3

Around the World
(Buddy Cole Orchestra) 25

"Merry Christmas" [long-playing album]
(John Scott Trotter Orchestra) 1, 2 (1958), 17 (1959), 9 (1960), 22 (1962)

"Shillelaghs and Shamrocks" [long-playing album]
(various orchestras) 13

For a more complete list with additional statistics, visit the Bing Crosby Internet Museum fan site.


  • First Network Radio Program (1931, CBS), unsponsored, 6 nights a week, 15 minutes.
  • The Cremo Singer (1931-1932, CBS), 6 nights a week, 15 minutes.
  • Unsponsored (1932, CBS), initially 3 nights a week, then twice a week, 15 minutes.
  • Chesterfield's Music that Satisfies (1933, CBS), broadcast two nights, 15 minutes.
  • Bing Crosby Entertains for Woodbury Soap (1933-1935, CBS), weekly, 30 minutes.
  • Kraft Music Hall (1935-1946, NBC), Thursday nights, 60 minutes until Jan. 1943, then 30 minutes.
  • Armed Forces Radio (1941-1945; World War II).
  • Philco Radio Time (1946-1949, ABC), 30 minutes weekly.
  • Chesterfield (1949-1952, CBS), 30 minutes weekly.
  • The Minute Maid Show (1949-1950, CBS), 15 minutes each weekday morning; Bing as disc jockey.
  • The General Electric Show (1952-1954, CBS), 30 minutes weekly.
  • The Bing Crosby Show (1954-1956, CBS), 15 minutes, 5 nights a week.
  • A Christmas Sing with Bing (1955-1962, CBS, VOA and AFRS), 1 hour each year, sponsored by the Insurance Company of North America.
  • Ford Road Show (1957-1958, CBS), 5 minutes, 5 days a week.
  • The Crosby-Clooney Show (1960-1962, CBS), 20 minutes, 5 mornings a week, with Rosemary Clooney.

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