FIRST PERSON TO RECEIVE THE GRAMMY LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Bing's road movies with Bob Hope and Dorothy Lamour were immensely popular. He made 79 films including HOLIDAY INN (1942), GOING MY WAY (1944), THE BELLS OF ST. MARY'S (1945), and WHITE CHRISTMAS (1954). His rendition of "White Christmas" is the best-selling Christmas single of all time.
"It should be noted that Bing Crosby had no birth certificate and that his birth date was shrouded in mystery until his childhood Roman Catholic church in Tacoma, Washington, released the baptismal records that revealed his date of birth. The nickname 'Bing' was bestowed upon on him by a childhood friend, Valentine Hobart, who shared Bing's interest in a newspaper comic strip called 'The Bingville Bugle'. Valentine Hobart began calling Harry Crosby 'Bingo from Bingville.' Eventually the nickname was shortened to 'Bing' and was adopted by Bing's other friends and even his teachers." --Wikipedia
"Bing Crosby died after a round of eighteen holes in which he shot a respectable 85. Of his death, biographer Giddins has written: 'His last words were characteristic. Walking off the eighteenth green of the La Moraleja Golf Club, in a suburb of Madrid, Bing Crosby said, 'That was a great game of golf, fellas,' and then took a few steps and was gone." --Wikipedia