The King of Christmas: How Bing Crosby Became a Holiday Season Legend

A Star Is Born

Bing Crosby was welcomed into the world on May 3, 1903. He was born in Tacoma, Washington, in a house that his father built, but, in 1906, the family moved to a home in Spokane in Eastern Washington, and that’s where the future singer grew up. Like many other Hollywood stars, he took a stage name, Bing Crosby. His given name was actually Harris Lillis Crosby Jr.


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But he took on the nickname “Bing” as he was growing up because his favorite childhood game was Cops and Robbers, and, apparently, every time he shot at someone while playing he would say “bing bing bing.” Most people get nicknamed in unusual ways, and this one certainly stuck.

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