Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Happy Birthday, Der Bingle!

Bing Crosby. The best singer. Ever.

His birthday seems to be clouded in just a bit of mystery. Was he born on May 2 or May 3? Was he born in 1903 or 1904? After looking into it a bit, I figured that May 3, 1903 looks to be the most likely birthday. So, this is just a quick entry to say, "Happy Birthday, Mr. Crosby"!

Nobody ever sounded like him and nobody ever will. He's such an amazing singer with a fabulous gift. Those velvet tones. Ahh. He could sing every kind of song and make them all sound wonderful. One of my favorite Bing films is Blue Skies from 1946. The plot is a bit slow, and the story isn't that great, but the songs are the best. It was made as a follow-up to Holiday Inn, so it's another Irving Berlin songfest! My other favorite is Going My Way, where Bing's smooth tones are shown off at their best. Well, every time that he sang he was "at his best"!

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