Bing's father and mother both loved music and loved to sing. His mother even sent Bing to formal singing lessons, but Bing was turned off by the rigors of the training and soon dropped out. Bing's tastes tended toward popular song, and his idol was Al Jolson. Bing met his idol when Jolson came to Spokane to sing in a production of the Broadway show Bombo. Thirty years later, after Jolson's high-volume style of singing had been eclipsed by Crosby's, Bing helped resurrect Jolson's career by signing him as a guest on his network radio show. All together, they appeared on each other's radio shows a dozen times in the late '40s. Jolson died of a heart attack Oct. 23, 1950, in San Francisco, where he was preparing to tape another Crosby broadcast on the following day.
How did Bing get into the music business?
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