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date: 08 April 2020

Crosby, Bob [George Robert ]locked

  • John Chilton
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[George Robert ]

(b Spokane, WA, Aug 25, 1913; d La Jolla, CA, March 9, 1993). American singer and bandleader, brother of Bing Crosby. After performing with the bands led by Anson Weeks and the Dorsey Brothers (1934–5) he was appointed leader of a cooperative band made up of former members of Ben Pollack’s band and newcomers recruited in New York, which made its début in June 1935. The Bob Crosby Orchestra’s unique brand of big-band dixieland jazz achieved international popularity during the late 1930s, as it toured, held lengthy engagements at the Blackhawk Restaurant in Chicago (from 1938), and broadcast on the “Camel Caravan” show (1939–40). An unpredictable vibrato marred much of Crosby’s singing, but his rhythmic phrasing did much to compensate. His star soloists Eddie Miller, Yank Lawson, Billy Butterfield, Irving Fazola, Matty Matlock, Nappy Lamare, Ray Bauduc, and Bob Haggart also played in Crosby’s widely acclaimed small group the ...

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