Bing crosby - when mother nature sings her lullaby


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Alternately titled   A Christmas Wish , this movie involves an animated squirrel who helps improve the lives of two impoverished families.

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Bing Crosby married actress Kathryn Grant in 1957 and raised a second family. At his death in 1977 at age 73, he left his money in a blind trust, which none of the sons--whose youthful escapades were well documented by the news media--could touch until age 65.

The following year, Crosby teamed up with another musical star, Fred Astaire, for Holiday Inn . The film featured music by Irving Berlin, including one of Crosby's all-time greatest hits, "White Christmas." Taking a paternal turn, Crosby starred as Father Chuck O'Malley in 1944's Going My Way . He played a warm and worldly Roman Catholic priest, who helps straighten out a group of young kids and, in turn, helps his parish. This dramatic role netted Crosby his one and only Academy Award win, which reprised for 1945's The Bells of St. Mary's .

The song actually had staying power, and RCA ended up releasing it as a single in 1982. It still gets little resurgences each holiday seasons; in 2006 it reached #3 on the charts during December.

Total Popularity Number
(Billboard System) ----...........-..---- 7,190 --------...........-- . 27,465

Despite differing recollections about their father, the Crosby boys generally disagree with Kathryn. The public Bing was cool, easygoing and debonair; the private Bing was someone quite different. Says Lindsay pointedly, “Nobody knows better than us.”

“I think people have this idea of him from those Christmas specials from the end of his life, which even Mary said was bad variety TV,” Trachtenberg says. “But what they don t remember was how cool he really was in the ’30s and ’40s and ’50s. He is just so revered as a musician s musician to this day his timing, his phrasing. People still cite him as one of the most influential singers of the 20th century.”


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