THE INCREDIBLE CROSBY by Barry Ulanov

THE INCREDIBLE CROSBY

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A biography that investigates the legend and the man, Bing Crosby. Definitely pop reading, in a pop musical as well as personal appeal field. For the Groaner, in his is-you, aint-you Bing fans, has a record of development, equalled perhaps but never topped, that is a success story in the Alger tradition. From a Catholic family in Spokane, to small bandstanding, to Whiteman, to apparent flops, then steady rise, with change of style and manner, through radio, pictures, records, association with other stars, business, charity, cinema Oscar, war entertainment, bond selling- Bing has had and still has a following (and an anti-Crosby rating) that keeps him in the limelight. His public feuding with Hope, his growth from a wild-cats period in the '20's, his relaxed humor and continued hold on a growing public, the loyalties and controversy he arouses, the roll call of his radio programs and pictures, his other interests- these all make for an interest angle- but question- is it a buying public? Critically unimpressive, but none the less a warm picture of an American figure.

Pub Date: April 28th, 1948
Publisher: Whittlesey