Christmas with Bing & Friends: Christmas Treasures
Bing Crosby was a media superstar during the first half of the 20th century. He was the best-selling recording artist of all time until the rock era hit, having sold over a half-billion records, and he was a movie star, too, the biggest box office draw of the 1940s. None of this would have been possible if he couldn't sing, but he could, defining the very template of a crooner, and his vocal style, warm and natural, was influential everywhere. Following the release of Crosby's timeless take on Irving Berlin's "White Christmas" in 1941, a song that has been reissued continually during the holiday season ever since and has sold well over 30 million copies, he began regularly putting out Christmas songs and albums as his career progressed. This brief ten-song compilation features Crosby singing solo on six holiday favorites, with Ella Fitzgerald on three more, and with the Andrews Sisters on another.