But almost 40 years since he left us, it’s easy to forget that Crosby recorded nearly 400 hit singles over his long career–more than either Elvis Presley or the Beatles. He was also the owner of Pittsburgh Pirates as well as thoroughbred race horses, and played a fab game of golf. In fact, he died on a Madrid golf course at age 73 in 1977.
PBS’s season finale of “American Masters,” “Bing Crosby Rediscovered,” aims to dig a little deeper behind the Hollywood persona. The show debuts Tuesday, December 2 at 8 pm, the same day as the DVD, with an encore airing on Friday, December 26 at 9 pm.
Narrated by Stanley Tucci, the documentary boasts new interviews the Crosby family, his record producer Ken Barnes, his biographer Gary Giddins and more.
In the videos below, crooners Tony Bennett and Michael Feinstein talk about Crosby’s singing and “Moonlight Becomes You” from “Road to Morocco” (1942), on one Tonight Show appearance, Crosby explains how he and Bob Hope met and began their “Road” buddy movies, and there’s an interview excerpt with his second wife Kathryn, daughter Mary and sons Harry and Nathaniel Crosby, who like to burnish Bing’s positive image. Not Gary–he’s the one who recounted being beaten by his strict authoritarian parent in “Going My Own Way.”