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100 years ago in Spokane: Bing Crosby’s brother named arts editor of Gonzaga student paper

The Spokane Daily Chronicle ran a list of the student editors of The Gonzaga, the student publication of Gonzaga University. The arts editor was Edward Crosby, better known today as …

Further Review: Bing Crosby

Seventy-five years ago today, the movie “Going My Way” was released in theaters. The musical featured Spokane’s own Bing Crosby in a role that would win him an Academy Award …

UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 21, 2018

Rob Curley: Embracing the myth of ‘Silver Bells’

“Did you know that when Bing Crosby wrote ‘Silver Bells,’ he wrote it after hearing the Salvation Army’s bells while here in Spokane during Christmas?” Or not.

Spokane musicians weigh in on Crosby’s holiday playlist

In thinking about our Bing Crosby Holiday Playlist, it occurred to us that Spokane-area musicians might have opinions on the subject. Turns out they do.

UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 20, 2018

Sing with Bing: A playlist of favorite Bing Crosby holiday tunes

We all know the image: A smiling Bing Crosby, wearing a Santa hat and a bow tie of holly leaves, looking out at us from a snow-white background. It’s the …

Film festival highlights Bing Crosby’s friendship with Louis Armstrong, WWII service

The festival will screen the 1936 film “Pennies from Heaven” for the first time.

Front Porch: Remembering Bing – and many others from our state

This is Bing Crosby’s time of year. You can hardly walk through a mall or listen to the radio without hearing Spokane’s own world-famous crooner singing “White Christmas” or any …

Biographer Gary Giddins shines light on Bing Crosby’s ‘War Years’

“Bing Crosby: Swinging On a Star – The War Years 1940-1946,” Giddins’ second Crosby biography, hits shelves Tuesday.

UPDATED: Sat., March 17, 2018

With Bing Crosby as grand marshal, St. Patrick’s Day Parade hits downtown Spokane

Lead by the late Bing Crosby, serving as grand marshal, the 2018 Spokane St. Patrick’s Day Parade wound through downtown Saturday afternoon.

UPDATED: Sat., March 17, 2018

Bing Crosby named ‘grand marshal’ of St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Bing Crosby had a wee bit of Irish in him – enough to earn him the title of “grand marshal” of this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade in downtown Spokane.

UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 26, 2017

Bing Crosby, David Bowie teamed up 40 years ago for a strange, enduring Christmas medley

The sweater-clad septuagenarian joined with the rocker known to the world as Ziggy Stardust for a collaboration in 1977. Five weeks later, Crosby was dead of a heart attack, and …

Holiday Film Festival highlights work of Bing Crosby, director Frank Capra

For the first time in the festival’s twelve years, the Bing Crosby Advocates, the group behind the festival, will screen 1950’s “Riding High,” which was directed by Frank Capra, the …

Open house and film festival will celebrate Bing Crosby legacy

Bing Crosby Advocates, a nonprofit dedicated to preserving the legendary entertainer’s legacy, is set to host two of its biggest events in early December.

75 years after its premiere, Bing Crosby’s ‘White Christmas’ still enthralls listeners

75 years after it debuted on Bing Crosby’s radio show, the Irving Berlin tune “White Christmas” remains one of the most popular and beloved compositions in the American musical canon. …

7 of the best ‘White Christmas’ covers

“White Christmas” is one of the most covered songs of all time. Some sources say it’s

Front Porch: Patriotism manifested fittingly at Crosby’s home

A few Sundays ago, it was Sept. 11 – the 15th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon – and I was at the …

Bing Crosby’s youngest son recounts how golf cemented bond with famous dad

A new book by Bing Crosby’s youngest son recounts his father’s lifelong love affair with golf, and how the game cemented a close bond between Bing and Nathaniel Crosby.

The Back 9: Things you might not know about Bing Crosby, Spokane’s favorite son

Nine things you might not know about legendary crooner Bing Crosby.

Bing Crosby’s 1977 obituary as it appeared in the Spokane Daily Chronicle

Here’s how the Associated Press reported the death of Bing Crosby in 1977. This obituary ran on the front page of the Spokane Daily Chronicle, the region’s afternoon newspaper.

Doug Clark: Rogers grad’s pet rocked the world

Gary Dahl, Spokane’s biggest Rock Star, is dead. I know. The name didn’t mean a bushel of beans to me, either.


Exactly 100 years ago this Sunday, about 7,500 people crowded into a brand new, modern “photoplay” palace named the Clemmer Theater. Today, we call it the Bing Crosby Theater. On …

Painting a portrait of Bing

A PBS documentary seeks to remind younger generations there was so much more to Bing Crosby than crooning “White Christmas” – from media master to philanthropist to difficult dad. “It’s …

Collection of archive photos to be displayed at Bing Crosby’s childhood home

Gonzaga University has 70 newly acquired photographs of Bing Crosby that offer a glimpse of his life growing up in Spokane. A selection of the photos will be on display …

Bing Crosby collection on display in his boyhood home

In a display case in the boyhood home of Bing Crosby is a 1946 Newsweek magazine with a portrait of Crosby on the cover. The headline reads, “Crosby: His music …

Crosby memorabilia to move to Bing’s former home on GU campus

Items once owned by Bing Crosby, a singer famous for his rendition of “White Christmas,” have found a new home on the Gonzaga University campus.

Bing Crosby’s boyhood home turns 100; open house planned

There is a mistaken notion that Bing Crosby’s family home was moved from another site to the campus of Gonzaga University because of the world-famous crooner’s association with the university. …

Spotlight: Come March, lend Tyson your ears

Iron Mike is coming to Spokane. Mike Tyson, former heavyweight champ – he of the “Hangover” cameo, facial tattoos, a prison record, and the ear incident – has performed a …

Front Porch: Sometimes Bing gets lost in Lilac City

It still surprises me that so many people in Spokane don’t know how Bing Crosby and Spokane are intertwined. I mean, everybody knows Bing, if for no other reason than …

Spotlight: Revolutionary show set for Bing on Saturday

Area children can take a trip back to the Revolutionary War era on Saturday at the next KPBX Kids’ Concert. “Music From the Revolutionary War” will feature Robbin’s Rebels, a …

Gifted musician Bruce Davis dies

Bruce Davis, who grew up in Spokane and played with some of the country’s best-known musicians, died Monday. He was 91. In the years before World War II, Davis played …