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When I Hear “Bing” I Hear Music

I was born in the south. I live in the south and will die in the south. This is only a small part of the memories I share.

Bing Crosby at London Paladium 19777 .Allen Warren author.

Bing Crosby at London Paladium 19777 .Allen Warren author.

And Now, Here’s

Harry Lillis "Bing" Crosby Jr., May 3, 1903 – Oct.14, 1977 was an American singer, comedian and actor.The first multimedia star, Crosby lead record sales, ratings, and motion picture totals from 1931 to 1954. Crosby’s early career coincided with recording break-throughs that allowed him to develop an intimate, soft singing style that influenced a lot of male singers who followed him, including Perry Como, Frank Sinatra, Sand Dean Martin. Yank magazine said that he was "the person who had done the most for the morale of overseas servicemen,” during World War I in 1948, American polls declared him the "most loved and respected man alive,” ahead of Jackie Robinson and Pope Pius XI also in 1948, Music Digest estimated that his recordings filled more than half of the 80,000 weekly hours allocated to recorded radio music.

In short, “Bing” Crosby defined in a word was a true-to-life Renaissance Man. To be honest, Crosby looked very comfortable as he mastered the talents that he was given with no sign of stress showing or it looked that way.

Crosby earned his famous nickname around the age of seven; "Bing" comes from a comic strip he adored, "The Bingville Bugle." For his education, Crosby attended Catholic school, reflecting his mother's deep devotion to her faith. He went to Gonzaga High School, which was run by Jesuits

Bob Hope Bing Crosby in Road to Bali.

Bob Hope Bing Crosby in Road to Bali.

Now With All That Being Said,

and I do hope that you got a thrill from Crosby’s staggering, amazing life, I think that there needs to be one more spin that can accompany his name, “Bing,” and I know that if you are a Bing Crosby fan, you will surely love this segment.

My one and only question concerning this hub is: Have You Ever Pondered About The “Bing” in Crosby. I will wager than you are among the millions of adoring Crosby fans, this will find you stunned. Maybe dumbfounded.

Just what if . . .”Bing” Crosby had been born to (a) “Mr. and Mrs. Franky Taylor,” of Butte, Montana? “Bing” would go through life as . . .

  • Lenny “Franky” Taylor and this name would not get into the air as far as a model airplane with an engine that burns gasoline.
  • Lenny, when and if he did break into show business, would have a tough time when night club emcees would introduce him. “Ladies and gentlemen, now I bring you a real late-night treat for you. He’s talented. He’s handsome. And he’s right here! Let’s have a warm round of applause for Lenny “Frank” Taylor! Then an entire room of night club patrons would yell (in harmony), who’s that? And then head home.
  • The teachers in Lenn’s school would be told by his parents to call all of Lenny’s name when he was to answer a question. “Lenny “Franky” Tail,errr, I mean, uhhh, Leonard “Cranky,” errr, (gasp) (wheeze) then she would pass-out from exhaustion. Lenny therefore would be sent home for two days for aggravating a teacher.

The real “Bing” Crosby probably never sat down and wondered about his moniker, but smiled to himself at knowing that “Bing” also rhymed with: Ping *Ring *Ding *Wing *Ming *Sing *King *Sting *Fling and more and possibly a few more in Europe. Lenny “Franky” Taylor never got to tour Europe with his dad and mom on their 33rd wedding anniversary. Note: Lenny, and forgive me for not telling you sooner, was an only child.

  • Lenny finally grew from a gawky, awkward teen into a gawky, awkward man, but his parents, “Mr. and Mrs. Franky Taylor,” of Butte, Montana,” all but forced poor Lenny to live with them in the room that he grew up in, so Lenny did not have to be asked twice. He had a burning desire to date girls and now that he had a room of his own, he soon saw what a great deal he was getting.

Crosby and Kaye Christmas 1954.

Crosby and Kaye Christmas 1954.

But It’s

not. If I were Lenny “Franky” Taylor, and hated my name in the stark comparison of being a deadly disease, I would leave the USA and take-up residence in some far-away nation covered with thick jungles and chattering birds of all colors. These life forms are never going to see me for the real me, the me that dreamed of being as cool, hip,and popular as the real “Bing” Crosby.

Then again, why would anyone? Incidentally, this jungle land is not that bad.

March 21, 2020_______________________________________________

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