From 1934 to 1954, Bing Crosby utterly dominated American entertainment. Nobody has ever had as many hit records, and Crosby was the number one movie star for five years in a row. The rise of Bing Crosby was the rise of the American popular culture itself.
Gary Giddins received the National Book Critics Circle Award for Visions of Jazz in 1998. His other books include biographies of Louis Armstrong and Charlie Parker. A longtime columnist for the Village Voice, he lives in New York City.
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