Bing Crosby was the fourth of seven children of Tacoma, Washington, brewery bookkeeper Harry Lowe
Crosby and Kate Harrigan Crosby. He studied law at Gonzaga University in Spokane but was more
interested in playing the drums and singing with a local band.
Bing and the band's piano player, Al Rinker, left Spokane for Los Angeles in 1925. In the early 1930s
Bing's brother Everett sent a record of Bing singing "I Surrender, Dear" to the president of CBS. His live
performances from New York were carried over the national radio network for 20 consecutive weeks in
His radio success led Paramount Pictures to include him in The Big Broadcast (1932), a film featuring