About Bing Crosby And The Sounds Of Christmas
Bing Crosby ruled movies, radio, and records for a quarter of a century beginning in the early 1930s. So when he transitioned to TV in the ‘50s, variety shows were a natural fit.
This 1971 special evolved from annual Christmas appearances the crooner made with his family on The Hollywood Palace. Swapping his cardigan for a tux, Bing opens the show singing “The Sounds Of Christmas” with his guests: Robert Goulet; opera singer Mary Costa; The Mitchell Boys Choir; his wife Kathryn Crosby; and their children Mary Crosby, Nathaniel Crosby and Harry Crosby. Kathryn was an actress and singer before marrying Bing, and her performances in family numbers are remarkably assured. Mary was also a veteran performer at age 12, and she takes the spotlight in "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy.”
Goulet demonstrates his booming baritone on “Do You See What I See” and in a duet with Costa of “O Holy Night.” Costa shows off her soprano stylings on “Carol Of The Bells” and in a medley with Bing. But the highlight is the closer: Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas,” which Bing sang in Holiday Inn (1942) and White Christmas (1954).
Crosby died just six years after this special, but the family name lived on. His daughter Mary played the character who shot J.R. Ewing on Dallas in 1980.
Produced and written by Bill Angelos and Buz Kohan