Bing Crosby Net Worth 2020, Biography, Education and Career.
Bing Crosby Net Worth 2020 – Bing Crosby was one of the finest American singers of the early 20th century known for his baritone voice. His ‘archetypal crooning’ was appropriate at that time when sound-recording techniques were getting advanced and sound motion pictures started coming into existence.
Harry Lillis Crosby was born in Tacoma, Washington, but moved to Spokane, Washington at the age of three. He was the fourth his seven siblings.
In 1910, a neighbour began calling him ‘Bingo from Bingville’, which was taken from his favourite comic strip, ‘The Bingville Bugle’. The nickname, after dropping the last vowel, became his name for the rest of his life.
In the summer of 1917, he worked as a property boy at the ‘Spokane’s Auditorium’, where he watched several acts, which fascinated him.
In 1930, he married actress/singer Dixie Lee and the couple had four sons. She passed away due to ovarian cancer in 1952.
In 1957, he married actress Kathryn Grant and the couple had three children.
He studied in a Catholic school and later, went to Gonzaga High School. He studied law at the Gonzaga University, but later dropped college to accomplish his musical dream, and joined a band, ‘Musicaladers’.
He died of a heart attack while playing golf in Madrid.
In 1925, he joined vocalist, Al Rinker and they became extremely popular with their vaudeville act, ‘Two Boys and a Piano’, where the performance consisted of individual or combined acts by singers, actors etc. Later, Al Rinker’s brother introduced them to a famous bandleader, Paul Whiteman.
The Crosby-Rinker duo became a trio after Whiteman introduced Harry Barris, a songwriter and pianist, into the group, which they called ‘The Rhythm Boys’. The ‘Rhythm Boys’ performed with Paul Whiteman and soon enough Crosby tasted success.
In 1931, the ‘Rhythm Boys’ appeared in his first sound motion picture, ‘King of Jazz’.
In 1932, he launched his first radio program on the CBS radio station in New York City, which broadcasted his massive hit songs like ‘I found a Million Dollar Baby’ and ‘At Your Command’. His show was aired for nearly 30 years.
He also starred in ‘The Big Broadcast’, an American ‘musical comedy’ film, which he signed with Paramount pictures.
In 1936, he replaced Paul Whiteman and hosted NBC’s (Nation Broadcasting Corporation) ‘Kraft Music Hall’; where he received great appreciation for his radio theme song, ‘Where the Blue of the Night’, which he both sang and composed.
During WWII, he performed at the ‘European Theatre’ and entertained the American troops. Towards the end of the war, he was voted by the U.S. troops as ‘the person who had done the most for American G.I. morale during WWII’.
In 1941, he sang ‘White Christmas’ that soon became a popular hit and was broadcasted on the radio on Christmas.
He appeared in major blockbuster films like ‘Holiday Inn’ (1942), ‘Going My Way’ (1944) and ‘The Country Girl’ (1954). His role in ‘The Country Girl’ was loved by critics for a dramatic portrayal of an alcoholic.
From 1940–1962, he teamed up with Bob Hope in seven musical comedies called ‘Road To’.
In the 1950s, he appeared on popular television shows and launched his own show called ‘The Bing Crosby Show’ in 1964.
In 1977, he recorded the duet ‘The Little Drummer Boy’ and ‘Peace on Earth’, a Christmas special, with singer, David Bowie.
Bing Crosby had a net worth equal to $50 million inflation adjusted dollars.