: [on Frank Sinatra] Frank is a singer who comes along once in a lifetime, but why did he have to come in mine?
Crosby studied law at University but was more interested in playing the drums and singing with a local band. Bing and the band's piano player, Al Rinker left for Los Angeles in 1925.
In the early 1930s Bing's brother Everett sent a record of Bing singing "I Surrender, Dear" to the president of CBS.
His live performances from New York were carried over the national radio network for 20 consecutive weeks in 1932. His radio success led Paramount Pictures to include him in The Big Broadcast, a film featuring radio favorites.
He won the best actor Oscar for playing an easy going priest in Going My Way. He showed that he was indeed an actor as well as a performer when he played an alcoholic actor down on his luck opposite Grace Kelly in The Country Girl.
Playing golf was what he liked to do best. He died at age 74 playing golf at a course outside Madrid, Spain, after completing a tour of England that had included a sold-out engagement at the London Palladium.
According to the Guinness Book of Records, his "White Christmas" has sold over 100 million copies around the world, with at least 50 million sales as singles.