Friday, March 1, 2019

LINDSAY CROSBY: POOF IT'S GONE

Here is an interesting blog article I found. Some different info in it...

The youngest of crooner Bing Crosby's four sons by his marriage to jazz singer Dixie Lee (real name Wilma Wyatt) was born in Los Angeles on January 5, 1938. Lindsay first appeared on film with brothers Gary, Dennis, and Phillip as audience members in the 1945 movie Out of This Worldf featuring his famous father. In 1957, he made his television debut on The Edsel Show with his father and Frank Sinatra. A nightclub act with his three brothers called the Crosby Boys ran until 1959. Never steadily employed, Lindsay read scripts for his father while trying to carve out a place for himself in films. However, he only managed to land bit parts in low-budget biker, exploitation, and horror films like The Girls from Thunder Strip (1966), The Glory Stompers (1967), Scream Free! a.k.a. Free Grass (1969), and Bigfoot (1970). He also briefly appeared in two seventies films (The Mechanic; Live a Little, Steal a Lot,1972) before making his final film, Code Name: Zebra in 1984.


Lindsay was 14 when his mother died in 1952. A trust fund set up by Dixie Lee based on then booming oil investments yielded each of the boys a monthly four figure check. Big Crosby married actress Kathryn Grant in 1957 and the 73 year old was happily raising a second family when he died of a heart attack on October 14, 1977, on a golf course in Madrid, Spain. If Der Bingle's sons were expecting to immediately inherit chunks of their father's considerable fortune they were soon disappointed. Perhaps he knew them too well. Lindsay, like older brother Gary, was an alcoholic and manic depressive who had suffered a nervous breakdown in 1962. In addition to several arrests for drunken driving and battery, Lindsay had also logged an arrest for indecent exposure in Durango, Colorado, in 1977 for running naked around a motel pool. The boys were shocked when they learned their father had left them money in a blind trust that could not be touched until they reached age 65.


On December 1, 1989, attorneys managing Dixie Lee's trust fund informed the brothers that the recent glut in the world's oil markets had wiped out their investments. Eleven days after learning that there would be no more monthly checks forthcoming, Lindsay Crosby took his life on December 11, 1989.

The 51 year old was staying in an apartment in Las Virgenes in the 26300 block of Bravo Lane while undergoing treatment for alcoholism at a center in nearby Calabasas, California. Crosby was set to return home for the weekend to his second wife and family in Sherman Oaks when a friend found him on the floor of his den dead from a single gunshot wound to the head. A small caliber rifle lay close by. Marilyn Riess, spokeswoman for Lindsay's older brother, Gary, offered this explanation for the act: "You're dealing with a 51-year-old man who finds himself with a wife and four kids living in a fairly expensive home. He's under treatment for alcoholism, he's a manic depressive and then you throw a bomb at him. The one thing he could depend on was his mother, even when she wasn't alive. Then it (the inheritance) was gone....Poof, it's gone." Older brother Dennis Crosby took his life in an eerily similar fashion on May 4, 1991...

Thursday, February 14, 2019

PHOTOS OF THE DAY: BING AND HIS LOVES

Bing Crosby had a hard time showing affection. Even in his movies, he rarely passionately kissed his leading ladies. In honor of Valentine's Day, here is Bing with some of the loves in his life.

with 1st wife Dixie Lee (1911-1952)


with mistress and co-star Joan Caulfield (1922-1991)


with girlfriend and co-star Grace Kelly (1929-1982)


with girlfriend Mona Freeman (1926-2014)


with girlfriend and co-star Ingrid Stevens (1934-1970)


with 2nd wife Kathryn Grant

Friday, February 1, 2019

JIMMY VAN HEUSEN: SWINGIN IN THE DESERT WITH FRANK AND BING

Jimmy Van Heusen: Swingin' in the Desert with Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby


Tuesday, February 19, 2019

1:00 - 3:00 pm
Annenberg Theatre
Get Tickets Here $15





This composing genius created some of the most beloved melodies. Living in the desert for over five decades he played and collaborated with entertainment giants like Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby creating classics such as "Swinging on a Star", "Love and Marriage", "Come Fly With Me" and "All the Way". Jimmy composed the songs for 23 Crosby movies and 76 songs for Frank Sinatra, more than any other composer.
Nominated 14 times Jimmy won 4 Academy Awards

Director Jim Burns, will introduce the film, Jimmy Van Heusen – Swingin’ with Frank & Bing, a documentary first aired on PBS, which looks at the life and music of the high-flying songwriter. Also shown will be a rare film tour of Jimmy’s mountaintop ranch near Yucca Valley from 1964.

The screenings will be followed by seldom-seen photos of Van Heusen enjoying the good life in the desert. A panel discussion moderated by Tracy Conrad, President of the Palm Springs Historical Society will follow the films.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

BING DESERVES A BIRTHDAY BASH

Here's an interesting article that I found online about how Bing deserve a birthday bash each year...

Yesterday was Elvis Presley’s birthday.

Because I once lived in Memphis, that sometimes makes me wonder.

Should Bing Crosby be a bigger deal in Spokane than he seems to be?

Oh, I realize Bing is and always will be an iconic figure here in the city where he grew up. Rightly so. He is a long, long way from being forgotten, here or elsewhere.

But here’s the thing. Elvis is practically an industry in Memphis. And though my memories of how that Tennessee city regarded the late singer are of the long-ago variety now, I remember that celebrations of his life were almost inescapable there.

Some of the reasons might be obvious.

Though both singers died in 1977, Elvis was much younger and closer to the height of his fame at that time.

His fan base was/is younger.

Though he spent a lot of time in Los Angeles and Las Vegas, Elvis never stopped living in Memphis. Crosby had a lake place in Idaho, but Southern California was his adult home.

For those in Britain or Nova Scotia planning a pilgrimage, Memphis is easier to get to.

Because Elvis lived in Memphis as an adult, there are more people still alive there with relevant brush-with-fame stories.

And so on.

I’m not really sure what a heightened level of Crosby appreciation would look like here in Spokane. Beyond the acknowledgements our city already has in place, I mean. Everybody pretending to smoke a pipe on a designated Bing Day? Everybody dressing like Father O’Malley from “Going My Way”?

Maybe it would suffice if more people read the biography of the crooner by Gary Giddins. (The first volume has lots of Spokane stuff.)

Or perhaps we should just be satisfied to let time march on. Spokane has occasionally been accused of living in the past, after all...



Wednesday, January 2, 2019

NEW CD: HOLIDAY IN EUROPE AND POINTS BEYOND

The folks at Sepia Records have done it again. Another Bing CD is coming out on Feburary 8, 2019!




BING CROSBY: HOLIDAY IN EUROPE (AND POINTS BEYOND!)


An entertaining musical journey of 26 captivating Bing Crosby vocals from 1953-1961, including the complete stereo album 'Holiday in Europe'.Also included are some performances taped for his General Electric radio shows and new to CD, delightful collaborations about other locales with Louis Armstrong, Rosemary Clooney, and Bob Hope, and, as a final bonus, an endearing recording session rehearsal for the song C'est Si Bon (It's So Good).

Tracks:
1. April in Portugal
2. C'est Si Bon (It's So Good)
3. Never On Sunday
4. More And More Amor
5. Moment In Madrid
6. Morgen (One More Sunrise)
7. Two Shadows on the Sand
8. Under Paris Skies (Sous Le Ciel De Paris)
9. Domenica
10. Pigalle
11. My Heart Still Hears the Music (A Letter to Pinocchio)
12. Melancholie
13. Hawaiian Paradise
14. The Belle of Barcelona
15. Tobermory Bay
16. Along The Way To Waikiki
17. Down Among the Sheltering Palms
18. Road to Hong Kong
19. Way Down Yonder in New Orleans
20. Let's Sing Like a Dixieland Band
21. Paris Holiday
22. Medley: Pagan Love Song/Cuban Love Song
23. Medley: Down Argentina Way/What a Diff'rence a Day Made
24. Calcutta
25. Around the World
26. C'est Si Bon (It's So Good) (Rehearsal Track)

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