You know him as the man who sang "White Christmas" and co-starred in a slew of movies with Bob Hope, but what don't you know about Bing Crosby? Here are five facts about the musician, actor, and avid golfer, who was born on May 3, The entertainer was born Harry Lillis Crosby, which doesn't have quite the same ring to it. The nickname "Bing" found him when he was just 7 years old. The Spokane Spokesman-Review ran a comic feature called The Bingville Bugle , which was a parody of hillbilly newspapers.
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Harry Lillis " Bing " Crosby Jr. His early career coincided with recording innovations that allowed him to develop an intimate singing style that influenced many male singers who followed him, including Perry Como ,  Frank Sinatra ,  Dick Haymes , Elvis Presley ,  John Lennon ,  and Dean Martin. Yank magazine said that he was "the person who had done the most for the morale of overseas servicemen" during World War II. Mary's opposite Ingrid Bergman the next year, becoming the first of six actors to be nominated twice for playing the same character. Crosby influenced the development of the postwar recording industry.
Bing Crosby was one of the most popular singing stars in the history of show business and one of the best-selling musicians of all time. In the course of a career spanning more than 50 years, Crosby produced over 1, recordings, of which he sold half a billion copies; his honeyed baritone revolutionized crooning and won him a worldwide audience. A colossal, enveloping warmth of affection has justly come his way through the years. During the glory days of the big Hollywood studios, Crosby was under contract to Paramount Pictures. He often appeared in as many as three full-length features per year and won an Academy Award for portraying a priest in Going My Way. It was radio, however, that made Crosby a star. His exceptional voice and casual, relaxed demeanor projected well over the airwaves, and his innovative, jazzy style of singing won the hearts of younger fans and the envy of his peers. Crosby always gave the year of his birth as , but some sources say he was born on May 2, in Tacoma , Washington.