… that Bing Crosby (who's real name is Harry) got his nickname from the comic strip "The Bingville Bugle" that was syndicated in newspapers across America in the early 1900's. The title character of the strip was called Bingo - and so was young Harry for nearly all of his childhood. As he reached adulthood, the "O" was dropped and Bing he remained for the rest of his life.
… that Bing Crosby performed his most famous song "White Christmas" in two movies Holiday Inn and White Christmas. The song is Bing Crosby's best-selling recording, the Best-Selling Single All-Time (and in any category) and hit the Top 30 Charts 16 times over the course of his career. To find your favorite Bing
Crosby recording visit our feature The Music of Bing Crosby and don't forget to visit our Tribute to White Christmas.
… that Bing Crosby loved to play golf and was a big fan of the professional golfers on the PGA tour. In fact, he loved the game so much he was moved to develop the format of the now familiar Celebrity Pro-Am golf tournament. The first Hollywood star to lend his name to a PGA tournament, the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am was originally called the Bing Crosby Pebble Beach Tournament and raised millions of dollars for various charities.
… that Bing Crosby was also a big baseball fan, owning 15% of the Pittsburgh Pirates for more than 25 years from the 40's to the 60's. His cameo in the original 1951 version of Angels in the Outfield was as the owner of the Pirates.
Hollywood Walk of Fame Star
In the early 1960's, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce developed the idea of the "Hollywood Walk of Fame." The sidewalks of the most famous streets in the heart of Hollywood were lined with "stars" recognizing celebrities' life-long contributions to the entertainment industry. Receiving a star is still to this day considered a huge honor. Here's where you can find Bing Crosby's stars:
Walk of Fame Star (Motion Pictures)
1611 Vine St.
Walk of Fame Star (Radio)
6769 Hollywood Blvd.
Walk of Fame Star (Recording)
6751 Hollywood Blvd.
Burial Place of Bing Crosby
Holy Cross Cemetery
5835 W. Slauson Ave.
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