I. Early Life
a. Harry Lillis Crosby was born on May 3, 1903 in Tacoma, Washington to Harry Lillis Crosby, Sr. and Catherine Helen Crosby.
1) Bing’s father was a bookkeeper in Tacoma, and his mother was a second generation Irish-American.
2) He was the fourth of seven children: brothers Larry, Everett, Ted, and Bob; and two sisters, Catherine and Mary Rose.
b. Bing Crosby was not always his name, he gained a nickname as a child.
1) In 1910, six-year-old Harry Crosby Jr. was forever renamed.
2) A neighbor, 15-year-old Valentine Hobart, shared Crosby's enthusiasm for "The Bugle" and noting Crosby's laugh, took a liking to him and called him "Bingo from Bingville".
3) Eventually the last vowel was dropped and the nickname stuck.
c. In 1917, Crosby took a summer job as property boy at Spokane's "Auditorium"
1) He witnessed some of the finest acts of the day, including Al Jolson, who held Crosby spellbound with his ad libbing and spoofs of Hawaiian songs.
2) Crosby later described Jolson's delivery as "electric".
II. Adult Life/Music Career
a. Bing had many early music opportunities to advance in music.
1) In 1923, Crosby was invited to join a new band composed of high school students a few years younger than himself. Al Rinker, Miles Rinker, James Heaton, Claire Pritchard and Robert Pritchard, along with drummer Crosby, formed the Musicaladers, who performed at dances both for high school students and club-goers.
2) By 1925, Crosby had formed a vocal duo with partner Al Rinker, brother of singer Mildred Bailey.
3) Crosby soon became the star attraction of the Rhythm Boys, and in 1928 he had his first number one hit with the Whiteman orchestra, a jazz-influenced rendition of "Ol' Man River".
b. Bing later had opportunities to become a soloist.
1) Before the end of the year, he signed with both Brunswick Records and CBS Radio.
2) His songs "Out of Nowhere", "Just One...