CBS Evening News for Friday, Oct 14, 1977
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(Studio) Death of singer/actor Harry Lillis (Bing) Crosby in Madrid, Spain, noted; Crosby was playing golf when stricken with apparent heart attack. He had gone to Spain for rest after London appearance and wife had flown back to California hone.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(No location given) (Films and photos shown.) Recount of Crosby's career. Crosby launched singing career with Rhythm Boys, trio singing with Paul Whiteman's band; then gained ntnwide. fame on CBS radio, which led to Hollywood movies. (Scenes from "Road to Morocco" shown.) Crosby made several "Road..." pictures with Bob Hope and Dorothy Lamour. Other films Crosby made incld. "Pennies From Heaven, The Bells of Saint Mary's, High Society" and "Going My Way"; in last he played character of Father O'Malley, for which he won Academy Award. In World War II, he sang constantly at service camps and hospitals around world. Crosby was married twice, 1st to late actress Dixie Lee, and later to actress Kathryn Grant; had 7 children. (Scenes from "Holiday Inn" shown.) Crosby's voice described; one song that seemed to speak for him more than any other was "White Christmas."
REPORTER: David Culhane
(Studio) In recent interview for BBC, Crosby was asked if singing was ever difficult for him. (Interview shown.) [CROSBY - says singing is easiest thing in world for him; hasn't changed method since he was small boy. Took lessons for few weeks, but friends teased him, so he quit. Still can't read music.] Comments of Bob Hope, Dorothy Lamour, Frank Sinatra and President Carter noted. Special broadcast on Crosby's career to be shown later tonight.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
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