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Bing Crosby was one of the most popular entertainers ever to appear on film. He was a symbol of an era, embodying an old-fashioned nostalgia and a golden age in cinema. His films, from the nostalgic charm of "White Christmas" to "Going My Way," which won him an Oscar, have a timeless and enduring appeal. Strikingly handsome, with a soft, crooning voice and a relaxed demeanor, Crosby was a natural heart-throb; yet behind the image of the all-American icon was a fierce, deeply complex individual. In this new ...
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Bing Crosby was one of the most popular entertainers ever to appear on film. He was a symbol of an era, embodying an old-fashioned nostalgia and a golden age in cinema. His films, from the nostalgic charm of "White Christmas" to "Going My Way," which won him an Oscar, have a timeless and enduring appeal. Strikingly handsome, with a soft, crooning voice and a relaxed demeanor, Crosby was a natural heart-throb; yet behind the image of the all-American icon was a fierce, deeply complex individual. In this new biography, Michael Freedland writes candidly about his subject. Drawing on new material, rare photographs, and previously unpublished interviews, Bing Crosby: The Illustrated Biography is a long-overdue portrait of one of America’s brightest stars. Among Michael Freedland’s many books are All the Way: A Biography of Frank Sinatra, Irving Berlin, Sean Connery, and The Two Lives of Errol Flynn.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780233993522
  • Publisher: Deutsch, Andre
  • Publication date: 9/1/1999
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 7.67 (w) x 9.94 (h) x 0.63 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2001

    inept -- a mistake on nearly every page!

    In this book, we learn that, among other things, Bing's partner in the Rhythm Boys was named Harry 'Berris'...... That Bing made '4000 different recordings'....... That Bing's famous singing rivalry known as the 'Battle Of The Baritones' was with Rudy Vallee..... That another popular singer of the early days was Russ 'Colombo'..... That Bing's mother was born in Canada..... That Bing's lung operation in 1974 was due to cancer..... That Bing's appearances on the 'Hollywood Palace' TV show consisted of hosting 'once a month, between 1968 and 1970 ...., sharing the role with George Burns, Martha Raye, and Judy Garland'........ That in 1962, Bing recorded 'Let's Not Be Sensible' for a film soundtrack, '...but for reasons no one could adequately explain, the last word of the song, 'love', was mangled on tape....' and that Bing refused to re-record it because he was a 'star', so ..'Michael Holliday, a Crosby sound-alike, was brought in to finish the line for him......' This book further reveals that all of Al Jolson's legendary 1940s radio appearances with Bing were on Bing's series, 'The Kraft Music Hall', and that Bing's very first TV appearance was '...as the guest of Jack Benny's first special in 1953....' WHEW!!!! What a bunch of junk! Folks, every single fact I've just related comes randomely from the pages of this half-baked un-researched hatchet-job, and is totally wrong!! What's more, These are just errors I picked at the last minute, thumbing through the book as I was composing this review: there are so many more! I've read hundreds of entertainment bios in my life (including others by Freedland), and NEVER have I encountered such a lame work with so many blatant errors of fact, chronology, and spelling (the spelling errors listed above for 'Berris' and 'Colombo', are not random typos, but are mis-spelled every time the names appear in the text!) How did this get published? Of course, the piece is also a hatchet-job, featuring alusions and conclusions re: Crosby's behavior that have absolutely no basis in fact. You want Crosby? Order Gary Giddins' new masterpiece 'Bing Crosby- A Pocketful Of Dreams - The Early Years', and you'll get the REAL Bing, in a scholarly, analytical epic that makes this overnight essay look like the howler that it is.

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