Bing Crosby (1903 - 1977) was an American singer and actor, being one of the best-selling artists of the 20th century, renowned for his distinctive baritone voice. Crosby's career commenced in 1923, when he was asked to join a new high school musical band. After reasonable success with this, he traveled to California to entertain in theatres, where, after great success with a revue, Crosby's career began to blossom. Going on to become the star performer in a group called ''The Rhythm Boys'', by the 1930s, he quickly became one of the most popular singers in America. Beside being recognised for boosting morale with songs during World War 2, he also won Best Actor awards in 1944 and 45 respectively, for his roles in "Going My Way" and "The Bells of St Mary's." Crosby also had a significant influence on the post war recording industry, becoming the first entertainer to pre-record his shows and to master commercial recordings onto magnetic tape. From this, he eventually went on to finance the development of videotape. In 1963, Crosby received the Grammy Global Achievement Award, securing a 3-star position on Hollywood's Walk of Fame.
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