Gary and Bing

Bing's oldest son, Gary, seemed the most talented to Bing and the most interested in a career in show business. Bing helped his son break into the business by recording nine duets with him for commercial release in the early '50s. Their first two recordings, "Sam's Song" and "Play a Simple Melody," were recorded when Gary was 16 years old and released as "Gary Crosby and Friend." The record became the first double-sided gold disc in history. Bing also invited Gary to appear often on his radio and TV shows and turned his radio show over to Gary during the summer 1954. Their duets were:

June 23, 1950

  • Play a Simple Melody
  • Sam's Song

  • March 22, 1951
  • Moonlight Bay

  • March 27, 1951
  • When You and I Were Young, Maggie, Blues

  • November 17, 1952
  • Fatherly Advice

  • November 4, 1953
  • What a Little Moonlight Can Do
  • Down by the Riverside

  • December 31, 1953
  • Cornbelt Symphony
  • Call of the South
  • The Hollywood Reporter (27 February 1995 issue) reported that Gary had reached agreement with MCA-Universal to add his own voice to recordings made by his father for release as a new collection of duets on compact disc. Shortly thereafter Gary was diagnosed with lung cancer and died later that year before the project could be recorded.

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