Bing Crosby's Enduring Appeal

December 22, 2014 9:25 PM

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Bing Crosby conquered radio, film and the recording industry -- and made it all look easy. The celebrated crooner not only transformed the American music scene, he also played a pivotal role in the creation of the American buddy road movie.

For the uninitiated (living in a cave, perhaps), Crosby is best known for his version of the Irving Berlin song White Christmas. The tune, made famous in the film Holiday Inn (1942), and again in White Christmas (1954) is the bestselling single of all time, beating out Elton John's 1997 rendition of...

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