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May 3 (Sunday)Harry Lillis Crosby is born at home, 1112 North J Street, Tacoma, Washington, fourth child of Harry Lowe Crosby and Catherine Helen 'Kate' (nee Harrigan) Crosby. 'Lillis' was a family name from the distaff side. Three siblings preceded Harry Lillis: Laurence Earl 'Larry' (January 3, 1895), Everett Nathaniel (April 5, 1896), and Edward John 'Ted' (July 30, 1900). Young Harry's date of birth was usually incorrectly given as May 2, 1904 (sometimes 1901) from 1933 onwards. May 2 was used from childhood so that a younger sister, Mary Rose would have a birthday to herself.
May 29Leslie Townes Hope is born in Eltham, London, England. He later changes his name to Bob Hope.
May 31Is baptised Henrieum Lillis Crosby at St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church at 1123 North J Street in Tacoma.
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Oct 3Catherine Cordelia Crosby, a sister, is born.
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SpringFather, who had been an auditor to Pierce County, loses his job at the courthouse apparently due to a change in administration and he moves 350 miles inland to Spokane to be a book-keeper for the Inland Brewery Company. He leaves the family behind temporarily whilst Kate awaits the birth of her next child.
Apr 6The Crosbys sell their house to Kate's sister and brother-in-law (Edward J. Walsh) and rent a property at 1214 South I Street, Tacoma.
May 3Mary Rose Crosby, a sister, is born at 1214 South I Street.
JulThe family is reunited in Spokane and they rent a house at 303 East Sinto Avenue.
FallFather buys first phonograph.
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FallYoung Harry enrolls at Webster Grade School in East Sharp Avenue, Spokane.
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Harry's playmate, Valentine Hobart (who lives two doors away on East Sinto Avenue) dubs him 'Bingo' after a comic feature called 'The Bingville Bugle' in the Spokesman-Review newspaper. The 'o' is soon dropped and Harry becomes 'Bing' for the rest of his life, although his mother continues to call him Harry until her death in 1964.
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Nov 4Wilma Winifred Wyatt is born in Harriman, Tennessee. She later changes her name to Dixie Lee and marries Bing on September 29, 1930.
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Theatrical debut at North Central High School auditorium. One of 12 children bouncing up and down on pogo sticks as part of a story called 'Beebee'.
Apr 15R.M.S. Titanic sinks in the North Atlantic and over 1500 die.
Apr/MayBing plays on Webster School baseball team.
SepBing enters the fifth grade at Webster and his teacher is Miss Agnes Finnegan.
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JulThe Crosbys move into a nine-room house at 508 East Sharp Avenue, Spokane, which they have had built.
Aug 25George Robert 'Bob' Crosby is born, the youngest of the seven children.
Sep 7George Robert Crosby is christened at St. Aloysius Church.

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Bing appears in black face in a benefit to raise money for the Webster school.
Aug 4Britain declares war against Germany and the First World War begins.
SeptBing goes into the seventh grade at Webster and this time his teacher is Miss Nell Finnegan.
Bing fights Jim Turner after he has insulted Mary Rose Crosby.
Nov 4Bing attends the birthday party of his friend Gladys Lemmon.
DecBing's class present a Christmas play taken from the Ladies Home Journal and Bing plays the part of a girl.
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Has a summer job as a locker boy in the municipal swimming pool in Mission Park.
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Believed to have given first public performance at Parish Hall singing 'Ben Bolt', 'Rover' and 'One Fleeting Hour'.
JunOverseen by his mother, Bing wins seven medals at a local swimming gala. (Firsts for diving and plunging, several seconds in the 100 and 220 yard events and some thirds in others.)
Prohibition is introduced in the State of Washington. Bing's father becomes unemployed until early 1917 as his employer, Inland Brewery, is virtually put out of business.
Bing has a job as a lifeguard at the municipal swimming pool in Mission Park as well as other jobs such as selling eggs, mowing lawns and delivering newspapers in order to get pocket money.
Sep 6Enters Gonzaga High School as a 'commuter'.
Elected as 'Sergeant-At-Arms' in First Year High School, Division One.
Becomes an altar boy at St. Aloysius. He has to attend the service at 6:30 a.m. each day during every third week. This continues throughout his time in Gonzaga High School.
Nov 3Reads his own original composition at First Year High Class Specimen of Work.
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JanBing's father returns to work as Inland Brewery changes name to Inland Products. At first they manufacture near-beer and vinegar and soon they add pickles and other products as well.
Mar 15The Annual Elocution Contest at Gonzaga High School. Bing recites 'Old Watermelon Time' in the Junior Division.
Apr 6USA enters the First World War. Larry Crosby applies for the officers' training camp at the Presidio, San Francisco and leaves within the week. He goes on to Camp Funston and trains recruits. Everett enlists in the Cavalry and is eventually posted to France where he becomes a sergeant in an artillery battery.
Bing achieves distinctions in History, English and Christian Doctrine in First Year High, Division One.
Jun 14Commencement day (i.e. the beginning of the Summer vacation).
Jun 19/20Al Jolson appears at the Auditorium, Spokane in 'Robinson Crusoe Jr'. Bing has a job back stage.
Sep 12Opening of classes at Gonzaga High School.
SepBing is elected as Consultor in Second Year High School, Second Division.
Captains the 'Dreadnoughts' football team against the 'Submarines' in the Junior Yard Association Midget League.
OctJoins High School Junior Debating Society.
Nov 2Takes part in Second Year High School, Division Two Specimen Public Speaking Competition. He is one of four reciting Poe's poem 'Bells'.
Nov/DecTakes part in last debate of semester.

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Mar 5Takes part in the Annual Elocution Contest at St. Aloysius Hall and recites 'Romancin'.
MayBing makes the Junior Yard Association baseball team.
Achieves 'First Honors' in English in Second Year High School, Division Two and 'Next in Merit' behind the gold medal winner in Elocution.
Jun 12Commencement day.
Obtains a part-time job as a caddy at the local municipal golf Course.
Sep 11Opening of classes at Gonzaga High School.
Oct 13The influenza epidemic reaches Gonzaga and a member of staff dies. Classes are suspended on October 24 because of the continuing influenza outbreak.
Oct 28Classes re-start.
NovBing plays on the Junior Yard Association football team.
Nov 11Germany admits defeat and signs the armistice to end the First World War.
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Jan/FebMember of Junior Yard Association basketball team.
FebElected as Sergeant-At-Arms in Third Year High School.
Feb 24Bing has a small part as 'second citizen' as the Third Year High School class present 'Julius Caesar' at St. Aloysius Hall.
Apr 14Bing recites 'In Freedom's Cause' in the Annual Elocution Contest held in the Parish Hall.
May 31On Junior Yard Association baseball team.
Jun 5Takes part in the Grand Concert held in St. Aloysius Hall which is presented by the Glee Club and Orchestra. Bing delivers an elocution selection called 'As You Like It' with two others during the intermission. Achieves a distinction in Elocution and a merit in the Senior Academics Debating Society.
Jun 19Commencement day
Sep 10Opening of classes at Gonzaga High School.
Dec 19Gonzaga Night (described as an annual 'fun-fest') takes place in the Parish Hall. Bing takes part, with other members of the fourth year high school class, in a burlesque on Shakespeare's 'Julius Caesar'.
DecWorks at the local post office.
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Jan. 16The Eighteenth Amendment to the US Constitution, prohibiting the manufacture and sale of alcohol, comes into force. Prohibition had already been introduced into Washington State in 1916.
Bing is the janitor at the Everyman's Club (for loggers and miners), working between 5:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. until Summer.
Bing's a member of the 'Bolsheviks', a group that takes part in elocution contests and debates against 'The Dirty Six'.
As part of Fourth Year High School Section A, Bing achieves distinctions in Christian Doctrine, English, Latin, History and Civics.
Awarded Premium Place for Elocution in the High School Contest, Senior Section. (This is the second place)
Jun 9Graduation Day ceremonies at Gonzaga High School begin at 2:30 p.m. and Bing is the first speaker with a graduation exercise called 'The Purpose of Education'. He graduates in the Classical Course.
JulWorks on a farm at Cheney with his friend Buck Williams but after a week or two they stow away on a train to Portland to try to see Bing's brother, Everett. They cannot trace him so they stow away on a train again, this time the 'Shasta Limited' to Roseburg in south Oregon, where they are spotted and put into a cattle car returning to Portland. They do eventually find Everett but later spend a night in jail after failing to pay for a Chinese meal.
Bing badly cuts his knee with an axe whilst working with the Weyerhaeuser Timber Company, near Westdale.
Sep 15Enters Gonzaga University and becomes Assistant Yell Leader on the Advisory Board.
Sep/OctSings as a member of the 'Republican' quartet.
Oct 27The Gonzaga Dramatic Club presents the comedy 'The Dean of Ballarat' in St. Aloysius Hall. Bing plays a coloured aristocrat.
Nov 29Gonzaga Glee Club presents 'A Study In Tone and Colour' at St. Aloysius Hall. Bing plays one of the coloured 'end' men.
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Mar 15The Gonzaga Dramatic Club presents a three-act Irish playlet entitled 'The Curate of Kilronan' at St. Aloysius Hall. Bing has a supporting role.
Apr 19 Sings 'vocal selections' at the annual 'Gonzaga Night' held at the Knights of Columbus Hall. Music is provided by the Dizzy Seven. (During this period, Bing occasionally joins the group as drummer.)
April / MayPlays varsity baseball at Gonzaga.
MayTakes part in the Junior Philhistorian Debating Society annual banquet.
May 4The Dramatic Club of Gonzaga present 'Gonzaga's Chief' at the Auditorium Theatre.
Jun 5/6Al Jolson in Spokane appearing in 'Sinbad' at the Auditorium. Bing has a part-time job in the props department and is heavily influenced by Jolson's performance.
Jun 9Commencement day.
Bing plays for the Ideal Laundry baseball team in the Spokane City League.
Sep 15Opening of classes at Gonzaga.
Acts as librarian for The House of Philhistorians in the first semester.
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Jan 8Sunday night vaudeville shows begin at Gonzaga University and continue until May. Bing appears in the first show and sings comedy songs as well as taking part in a comedy skit. The audience of 600 helps raise $150 for the University's athletic board.
Bing is the Recording Secretary for The House of Philhistorians in the second semester.
Feb 8The sophomore class play 'It Pays To Advertise' is presented at St. Aloysius Hall. Bing receives a favourable review "Harry Crosby as the genial press agent 'Ambrose Peale' kept the audience in constant uproar".
Mar 30Plays at third base in a baseball game which is a trial for the Gonzaga team.
May 5Acts in 'The Bells' for the Henry Irving Dramatic Society of Gonzaga University at the Woodward Theatre. Bing plays the part of a villager.
Receives a 'Distinguished' in English.
Jun 9Commencement day
Works in the pickle factory where his father is a manager.
JulJoins week-end party at Honeymoon Bay on Newman Lake
Sep 18Begins his junior year at University and declares a pre-law major. His classes are in the morning and evening and he works afternoons for Colonel Charles S. Albert, local attorney for the Great Northern Railway for $30 per month.
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Feb 12Acts in 'Seven Keys to Baldpate' presented by the Gonzaga Dramatic Club at the American Theatre. Bing plays 'Lou Max'.
May 3Bing takes part in 'Letter Night' at Gonzaga and performs in a comedy skit. Also sings as a member of the Gonzaga Harmony Trio at the event.
Jun 13College and Law Commencement day at Gonzaga.
SummerBing has a singing lesson with Professor Martucci.
Sep 19Bing enrolls for the Fall semester and attends classes at Gonzaga.
Nov 8The Gonzaga Dramatic Club presents the three-act comedy 'It Pays To Advertise' at the American Theatre and Bing again receives a favourable mention as he reprises his performance as 'Ambrose Peale'.
FallBuys a set of drums. Has two singing lessons with Professor Krantz.
The Charleston becomes the biggest dance craze of the decade.
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Joins Musicaladers as drummer and singer. Al Rinker is the band's pianist. They make their debut together at the Manito Park Social Club.
Jan - MarThe Musicaladers work for three months at the Casino theater.
The Musicaladers go on to obtain an engagement at the Pekin Cafe, a second story Chinese restaurant in the Fidelity Mutual Building where they appear twice weekly.
April (possibly)Bing decides to drop out of University on realising he earns more money singing than he would as an assistant lawyer.
Jul - AugThe Musicaladers play at Lareida's Dance Pavilion at E4902 Sprague receiving $25 for three nights a week.
Nov 4President Calvin Coolidge is re-elected.
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The condenser microphone replaces the acoustic horn and the Columbia Company becomes the first to issue electrically recorded discs.
SpringThe Musicaladers disband.
Bing and Al Rinker learn to play golf at Downriver Park.
May 9The gala reopening of the Clemmer Theater in Spokane. The new manager, Roy Boomer, takes on a vocal quartet, including Bing, with Al Rinker accompanying on piano from the pit, to entertain between the films.

"The manager of the theater got a quartet together and wanted us to do a little stage presentation. We did, but the quartet wasn't very good. I was in the pit playing piano for the guys. The manager finally let the quartet go but he kept Bing. He thought he'd let Bing try it alone. I played in the pit for Bing and he did songs like 'Red Hot Henry Brown'. He'd sing and dance a little. We did this for a couple of weeks and then Bing came down into the pit and we started doing duets. Bing had a little cymbal and I'd play piano and sing with him. We stayed at the Clemmer Theater for a few more weeks. We were each making $30 a week. That was big money for us." (Al Rinker)

They continue at the Clemmer Theater for about four months until the manager cancels the show.

FallBing and Al shuttle between odd jobs, party engagements and parties and then decide that they must move on if they are to succeed in show business.
Oct 15Bing and Al leave Spokane for Seattle in a 1916 Model-T Ford and play a weekend with Jackie Sounders' band at the Hotel Butler there before deciding to go to Los Angeles. They are said to play a week at a movie theater in Tacoma and sing in several speakeasies at Portland and San Francisco en route.
Nov 7They arrive in Los Angeles and make contact with Al's sister, Mildred Bailey, who lives at 1307 Coronado, and with Bing's brother, Everett, who is acting as a truck salesman as a front for selling liquor.
Nov 9Bing and Al are driven down to Tijuana, Mexico by their friend Jimmy Heaton. On the way back, Bing and Al take a short ride in the rear cockpit of a plane from Ryan airfield, San Diego. They are both terrified!
Nov ?Bing and Al have a tryout at the Cafe Lafayette where Harry Owens recommends they audition for Rube Wolf at the Boulevard Theater.
Dec 7The Fanchon and Marco Time Agency hire them for 13 weeks to take part in a revue called The Syncopation Idea, starting at the Boulevard Theater in Los Angeles and then on the Loew's circuit. They each earn $75 a week. The revue includes a troupe of dancing girls called 'The 16 California Flashes'.
Dec 30The silent film Ben Hur has its New York premiere at the Cohan Theatre, New York.
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Jan 9-15'The Syncopation Idea' revue appears at the Balboa Theatre, San Diego.
Jan 18-24'The Syncopation Idea' at Long Beach.
Jan 25-31Show goes on to Santa Ana for week.
Feb 1-3The show is at San Bernardino.
Feb 4-12Appearing at the Boulevard Theatre in Los Angeles, Crosby and Rinker are billed in Variety magazine separately from 'The Syncopation Idea'.
Feb 13-19Show at Loew's Warfield, San Francisco.
Mar'The Syncopation Idea' closes in Sacramento, after performances in Oakland, Pomona and Glendale. Bing and Al return to Los Angeles where they rent an apartment.
AprBing and Al are hired for Will Morrissey's Music Hall Revue at the Orange Grove Theatre in Los Angeles at $150 weekly for the act. Rehearsals take place in readiness for the planned opening on April 29.
Apr 30 - Jun 23Will Morrissey's Music Hall Revue at the Orange Grove Theatre. The show is scheduled to open April 29, but is postponed one hour before curtain time to the next day because of a lack of costumes.
MayBing and Al perform at a Hollywood party for the cast of 'Charlot's Revue' (including Bea Lillie, Jack Buchanan and Gertrude Lawrence). Bing makes an impact singing 'Montmartre Rose'.
Jun 24 - Aug 4Will Morrissey's Music Hall Revue at the Majestic Theatre, Los Angeles. During this period there is publicity about Morrissey being arrested for drunken driving and also about cheques payable to the cast being dishonoured. Part way through a show on July 27, Morrissey tells the audience that the performance cannot continue as he has not been paid by his partner. The agent Edward Small is in the audience and he puts up $1,000 to allow the show to be completed.
July (possibly)Bing and Al take part in a huge entertainment evening for the American Legion at the Olympic Auditorium in Los Angeles.
Aug 9-12Will Morrissey Music Hall Revue at Spreckels Theatre in San Diego, including a matinee performance August 11.
Aug 13 - Sep 11The Revue moves to the Capitol Theatre in San Francisco.
Aug 23Rudolf Valentino dies in New York at the age of 31.

The Will Morrissey Music Hall Revue moves to the Lobero Theatre in Santa Barbara where it closes, having struggled throughout its run.

Sep 16 - Oct 15Paul Whiteman and his orchestra at the Million Dollar Theatre in Los Angeles. Bing and Al go to the railway station to see the orchestra's arrival in Los Angeles.
Sep 18-24Under contract to Paramount-Publix, the duo appears at the Granada in San Francisco in Jack Partington's 'Purple and Gold Revue'. They are billed as "Crosby and Rinker - Two Boys and a Piano -- Singing Songs Their Own Way".
Sep 25 - Oct 1The boys continue at the Granada in another Partington revue called 'Bits of Broadway' and receive favourable comment: "Crosby and Rinker delight with their repertoire of songs, beginning with 'Mary Lou'."
Oct 6Favourable review of the act also seen in Variety. "Two boys from Spokane and not new to show business but new to picture house work. They appeared with Will Morrissey's Music Hall Revue and were a success in a show that was a flop. Bringing their methods to the Granada, they registered solidly and on the crowded Sunday performances practically stopped the show. The duo works with a piano and minus orchestral accompaniment. Blues of the feverish variety are their speciality. They are well equipped with material, presumably their own. Young and clean cut, the boys found a quick welcome. When they have completed their weeks locally, they will unquestionably find a market for their wares in other presentation houses. Wherever the public goes for 'hot' numbers served hot, Crosby and Rinker ought to have an easy time."
Oct 8-14Bing and Al sing at the Metropolitan Theatre in Los Angeles in a cine-variety show which is also called 'Bits of Broadway' and stars Eddie Peabody. They do four shows a day and five at weekends. Paul Whiteman's manager, Jimmy Gillespie, sees the act and the boys are called to meet Whiteman at the Million Dollar Theatre. To their amazement, Whiteman hires them for $150 weekly each. They are to join Whiteman in Chicago in December when the duo will have completed their existing commitments.
Oct 15-21Bing and Al continue at the Metropolitan and the show this week is called 'Russian Revels'.
Oct 16-30Paul Whiteman at California Theatre in San Francisco.
Oct 18Bing and Al make their first record, I've Got the Girl, singing the chorus without label credit with Don Clark's Biltmore Hotel Orchestra in the grand ballroom of the hotel in Los Angeles for Columbia Records.
Oct 22-28The show at the Metropolitan is called 'Joy Week' and although Eddie Peabody is still the star, Crosby and Rinker are billed second.
Oct 30 - Nov 5Crosby and Rinker back at the Granada in San Francisco in another Partington show called 'Dancing Around'. Peggy Bernier is also in the show.
Nov 6-12Bing and Al continue at the Granada in a show called 'Jazz a la Carte'. Peggy Bernier is again in the show.
Nov 13-19Crosby and Rinker continue at the Granada, San Francisco and this time the revue is called 'Way Down South'.
Nov 15NBC Radio goes on the air.
Nov 22Bing and Al arrive back in Spokane. His mother says that Bing has put on weight.
Nov 24-28Starting at 11 p.m. on November 24 for the 'midnight' performance, Bing and Al perform at the Liberty Theatre in Spokane (alternating with the film) earning $175 each. Their act is called 'Let's All Go Now' and is said to be 'their own original novelty'.
Nov 27Bing and Al appear once at the Davenport Hotel in Spokane. They are billed as 'Two Boys With a Piano and a Voice'.
Nov 29 - Dec 4Paul Whiteman at the Chicago Theatre, Chicago.
Dec 6-11Bing and Al open with Whiteman at the Tivoli Theatre in Chicago and are a hit. They give four shows a day. (During his years with Whiteman, Bing performs with Bix Beiderbecke, Jimmy and Tommy Dorsey, Eddie Lang, Joe Venuti, Red Nichols, Andy Secrest, Frank Trumbauer, Roy Bargy, Lennie Hayton, Eddie Lang and Matty Malneck, among others.)

Bing sees Louis Armstrong perform at Sunset Cafe, Chicago.

Dec 13-18The Whiteman show moves to the Uptown Theatre in Chicago.
Dec 22 (2 - 5:20 p.m.) In Chicago, Whiteman produces Bing and Al's second record, 'Wistful and Blue', for the Victor Talking Machine Company.
Dec 27 - Jan 8Whiteman ensemble at the Missouri Theatre, St. Louis where they break all house records. They had only been booked for one week but they are held over because of the demand to see them.
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Jan 10-15Whiteman at the Allen Theatre, Cleveland
Jan 16-22The Whiteman troupe moves on to the Hippodrome, Youngstown, Ohio.
Jan 23-29Whiteman at the Circle, Indianapolis. The show is put on four times daily.
Jan 30 - Feb 5Whiteman at Castle Farm, Cincinnati.
Feb 7Whiteman troupe arrive at Grand Central Station, New York in the morning and Whiteman is taken by motor parade down Broadway to City Hall where the Acting Mayor greets him. The parade goes on to the Paramount for a "grand ballyhoo" and then to the Hotel Astor for a welcome home lunch.
Feb 10Bing and Al are part of a vocal group which records with Paul Whiteman in New York for Victor.
Feb 12-18Whiteman is at the Paramount Theatre in New York in a cine-variety show. The show opens on February 12 and Bing and Al receive favourable comment in Variety magazine. "...From the coast, he has brought in Rinker and Crosby, a smart two man piano act who sing pop ditties differently and are of the Van and Schenck class. After Whiteman gets through grooming the boys, they will be plenty in the money. At the Whiteman restaurant, they will be even more impressive."

Rinker and Crosby vocalised two numbers and accepted as many encores. Unfortunately the Crosby and Rinker act cannot be heard in certain parts of the theatre and is withdrawn after only three performances. Thereafter Bing and Al sing in the lobby to the overflow crowd waiting to enter the theatre.

Feb 18Paul Whiteman's 'Broadway at 48th.' Club opens on the site of the former Trianon at 11 p.m. in front a host of celebrities. The orchestra is advertised as playing during dinner and supper. Crosby and Rinker are hardly noticed when they perform during the intermission and they are eventually relegated to fill in as stagehands raising and lowering the curtains.
Feb 25 More group work for Bing and Al at a recording session in New York with Whiteman for Victor.
Feb 28Bing and Al record 'Pretty Lips' with Whiteman.
Mar 3 Bing and Al record 'I'm Coming Virginia' but all four takes are rejected.
Mar 7Bing records 'Muddy Water' with Whiteman in New York for Victor. His first solo, albeit only a chorus, and without label credit.
Mar 9Variety quotes the cabaret bill at the Paul Whiteman Club as being the Paul Whiteman Orchestra and the Whiteman Boys. The latter act presumably includes Bing and Al Rinker.
Mar 22 - May 21The Whiteman troupe are featured in the musical comedy Lucky starring Mary Eaton at the New Amsterdam Theatre. Ruby Keeler and Skeets Gallagher are also in the cast. The Whiteman band appears each night for 25 minutes at about 11 p.m. in a New York cabaret sequence late in Act Two and plays five numbers. Bing and Al sing 'Sam, the Old Accordion Man'. High prices have to be charged to cover the cost of including the Whiteman Orchestra. The show, which has matinees on Wednesdays and Saturdays, lasts for 71 performances. The orchestra also continues to perform at the Whiteman night club during this period.
Apr 13The new floor show at the Paul Whiteman Club opening today is said to include "the following entertainers from Whiteman's Orchestra: Henry Busse, Jack Sperzel, Wilbur Hall and Big Crosby (sic)."
Apr 29 (1:30 - 4 p.m.)Bing and Al again record 'I'm Coming Virginia'. This time it is a success. They also record 'Side By Side'.
May 6/9Further recording sessions with Whiteman as part of a vocal group.

The duo becomes a trio when Harry Barris joins them on Matty Malneck's suggestion and the new group becomes Paul Whiteman's Rhythm Boys one month later.

May 22Whiteman gives a one hour concert at the Century Theatre as a benefit for Saranac Lake Day Nursery.
May 24(1 - 4:40 p.m.) Harry Barris joins Bing and Al to record 'Magnolia' with Whiteman. They are not yet billed as 'The Rhythm Boys'.
May 24The Paul Whiteman Club closes for the summer. In fact it is sold during August and the name is changed.
May 25Variety states that Charles B. Dillingham has suffered a net loss of $270,000 on his production of 'Lucky' which closed on May 21.
Jun 4-10The Whiteman troupe return to the Paramount in New York and their show is called 'Rhapsodyland'. It alternates with the film. The "new vocal trio" of Bing, Al Rinker and Harry Barris receives a favourable review.
Jun 11-17Whiteman continues at the New York Paramount and this time the show is called 'Rushia!'.
Jun 18-24Whiteman still at Paramount and the show is now called 'S.S. Syncopation'.
Jun 20The Rhythm Boys make their first 'official' records, including 'Mississippi Mud', in New York.
Jun 25 - Jul 1Whiteman continues at the Paramount in a show entitled 'Jazz A La Carte'.
Jul 2-8Whiteman remains at the Paramount with a show called 'Fireworks'.
Jul 6Bing and Al are again part of a vocal group which records with Whiteman in New York.
Jul 9-15Whiteman's "grand farewell party" at the New York Paramount in a show dubbed 'Ali Baba'.

Whiteman takes his troupe on a highly successful tour around east coast ballrooms playing one night at each.

Aug 16/19/20Bing is involved in morning recording sessions with Whiteman starting at 9 a.m. in Camden, New Jersey, some jointly with Al Rinker and Harry Barris and one as part of a vocal group.
Sep 10-23Whiteman and his ensemble appear at the New York Paramount as the first part of a tour on the Publix circuit.
Sep 18CBS Radio goes on the air.
Sep 21 (2 - 4:10 p.m.)Bing records with Whiteman in New York as part of vocal group.
Sep 25 - Oct 1Whiteman at the Metropolitan, Boston.
Oct 6The film The Jazz Singer starring Al Jolson premieres at the Warner Theatre, New York.
Oct 9-15The Whiteman troupe appears at the Michigan Theatre in Detroit.
Oct 16-22Whiteman at Castle Farm, Cincinnati.
Oct 23-28Whiteman at Indiana Theatre, Indianapolis. Bix Beiderbecke and Frankie Trumbauer join him there on October 27.
Oct 29 - Nov 4Whiteman in St. Louis at the Ambassador Theatre. Bing is introduced to Estelle Shaffner and they go with Bix Beiderbecke and Ruth Shaffner on a tour of the night spots ending up at 'The Wedge' where Bing sings with the band.
Nov 7-13Whiteman performs in Chicago at the Chicago Theatre.
Nov 11/17Recording sessions in Chicago for the Rhythm Boys.
Nov 14-20Whiteman moves to the Uptown Theatre, Chicago.
Nov 18Bing in recording studios as Hoagy Carmichael records 'Washboard Blues' with Whiteman. Bing is the stand-in vocalist just in case problems emerge.
Nov 21-27Whiteman at the Tivoli Theatre, Chicago. Tommy Dorsey leaves the band.
Nov 23Bing records with Bix Beiderbecke for the first time as they both contribute to 'Changes' with the Whiteman orchestra at the Victor Studios in Chicago.
Nov 25Bing records 'Mary' with Paul Whiteman and the Orchestra.
Nov 29Whiteman troupe gives performance at Memorial Hall, Columbus, Ohio.
Nov 30Performance by Whiteman orchestra at Land o' Dance, Canton, Ohio.
Dec 1Whiteman presents a four hour programme at Madison Gardens, Toledo, Ohio.
Dec 2Similar programme at Prudden Auditorium, Lansing, Michigan. Rhythm Boys featured.
Dec 4-11Whiteman at Allen Theatre, Cleveland.
Dec 12-16Whiteman at Loew's Penn Theatre, Pittsburgh.
Dec 19-24The Century Theatre, Baltimore is the next venue for the Whiteman entourage.
Dec 26Whiteman entertains at Coliseum Ballroom, York, Pennsylvania in front of 2,500 people.
Dec 27The musical 'Show Boat' opens at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York.
Dec 28Whiteman gives concert at Town Hall, Scranton, Pennsylvania.
Dec 29Another concert at the Armory, Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania.
Dec 30Orchestra performs at the Kalurah Temple, Binghampton, New York.
Dec 31Whiteman ensemble provides the stage show for the New Year's Eve festivities at the Bellevue-Stratford Hotel in Philadelphia.
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Jan 1The Whiteman band travel from Philadephia to New York by train.
Jan 4Whiteman and his troupe star in a new nation-wide NBC radio broadcast sponsored by Dodge Brothers Automobile Co. and known as the 'Victory' hour. Bing takes part but is not mentioned much to the chagrin of his family listening in Spokane. Will Rogers acts as m.c. and joins the programme from the West Coast as does Al Jolson.
Jan 11Whiteman records Ol' Man River for Victor at Liederkranz Hall in New York. Bing sings the vocal chorus, still without label credit.
Jan 12Rhythm Boys record 'From Monday On' in New York.
Jan 14-20Whiteman at Mosque Theatre, Newark, New Jersey. Rhythm Boys take part. Bing still earning $150 per week.
Jan 20Bing records a solo of 'From Monday On' in New York with Frank Trumbauer and his Orchestra for Columbia but it is not issued. At the same session, Bing records another version of 'Mississippi Mud'.
Jan 22-28The Whiteman band performs at the Stanley Theatre, Philadelphia.
Jan 27Bing records 'Make Believe' with Whiteman in Camden, New Jersey.
Jan 30Whiteman troupe does one nighter at Mealey's Auditorium, Allentown, Pennsylvania.
Feb 1Whiteman at Coliseum Ballroom, Harrisburg for one performance.
Feb 2Whiteman group arrives at Cathaum Theatre, Penn State College for one nighter.
Feb 3Whiteman gives performance at Auditorium Dance Hall, Johnstown, Pennsylvania.
Feb 4Whiteman ensemble returns to New York.
Feb 7Recording date at Liederkranz Hall in New York with Whiteman.
Feb 8Bing takes part in the recording of 'There Ain't No Sweet Man' with Whiteman at Liederkranz Hall.
Feb 13(1:15 - 4 p.m.) Bing records 'Sunshine' with Whiteman.
Feb 18Another recording date with Whiteman for Victor at Liederkranz Hall. 'Mississippi Mud' is recorded.
Feb 20Whiteman gives performance at Altoona, Pennsylvania.
Feb 21Orchestra performs at Youngstown, Ohio.
Feb 23The Whiteman troupe moves on to Fairmount, West Virginia where they give a concert.
Feb 25Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is the next stop for the Band.
Feb 28Bing records 'From Monday On' and 'High Water' with Whiteman in New York.
Mar 1/12/14/15/16Recording dates in New York, some with Whiteman and some with Rhythm Boys.
Mar 3Paul Whiteman gives the band a week's vacation.
Mar 18-27Sundry one-nighters undertaken by orchestra.
Mar 28Orchestra performs for the Woman's Pay Club in New York.
Mar 29Whiteman takes part in second Dodge Brothers radio show which is entitled 'Film Star Radio Hour'. An un-named vocalist is mentioned as singing with the orchestra and this could have been Bing.
Mar 31 - Apr 6Whiteman at Paramount, New York in cine-variety bill and his show is entitled 'Rainbow Rhapsody'.
Mar 31Whiteman's 'Ol' Man River' (with Bing's vocal) is the most popular record of the week and it eventually reaches No. 1 in the charts.
Apr 7-13 Whiteman continues at the Paramount in New York and this week his show is called 'Say It With Music'.
Apr 14-20In their final week at the Paramount, the Whiteman troupe is featured in a show called 'Broadway Blues'.
Apr 21-25 Bing is involved in more recording dates with Whiteman for Victor at Liederkranz Hall in New York.
Apr 27 - May 10Whiteman show at Loew's Metropolitan Theatre, Boston.
May 12Whiteman and the Rhythm Boys begin recording on the Columbia Records label in New York.
May 13/17/21/22/23/25Further recording dates for Columbia in New York.
May 14-19Whiteman at Loew's Metropolitan Theatre in Brooklyn.
May 26 - Jun 1Whiteman company, including Rhythm Boys, at Capitol Theatre, Detroit.
Jun 2-8The show moves on to Shea's Buffalo Theatre, Buffalo.
Jun 10/17/18/19Recording dates in New York.
Jun 11-15Whiteman at Lincoln Theatre, Trenton, New Jersey doing four shows a day at 3, 6, 8 and 10 pm.
Jun 19Rhythm Boys take part with Whiteman in a coast-to-coast radio broadcast over NBC between 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. and sing 'That's Grandma'. After the programme, which originates from station WEAF in New York, the orchestra travels to Hastings-on-Hudson to play for Mayor Jimmy Walker's birthday party starting at 12:01 a.m. on June 20.
Jun 23-29Whiteman (including Rhythm Boys) at Minnesota Theatre, Minneapolis giving four performances daily. The show does the greatest business in the history of the city.
Jul 2-8The show is at the Chicago Theatre, Chicago.
Jul 9-15Whiteman at the Uptown Theatre in Chicago.
Jul 16-22The Tivoli Theatre is the next venue in Chicago for the Whiteman ensemble.
Aug 1It is announced that the Rhythm Boys, without Whiteman, will be going on the Keith-Albee, Orpheum and Proctor vaudeville circuit (subsequently known as Radio-Keith-Orpheum from October) throughout Pennsylvania, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Ohio. Whiteman is to be allowed to recall the trio at will. On tour, they are introduced by a cardboard cut-out of Whiteman and a recording of his voice. Bing earns $300 a week. The trio reportedly becomes lazy and misses travel connections.
Aug 6-8Rhythm Boys at Proctor Theatre at Yonkers, New York.
Aug 9-12Rhythm Boys at Keith's 81st Street, New York.
Aug 20-26The act is at the Palace in Cleveland.
Aug 27- Sep 1St. Louis is the next stop for the Rhythm Boys.
Sep 2-8The Rhythm Boys appear at the Palace in Chicago.
Sep 13-16The Rhythm Boys move on to Keith's Theatre at Youngstown, Ohio for more appearances.
Sep 17-19The trio's next venue is Keith's at Toledo, Ohio where it is said that the theatre manager rings the curtain down in their faces following an off colour joke.
Sep 20-23Rhythm Boys perform at Keith's in Grand Rapids.
Sep 24-26They go on to the Uptown Theatre at Detroit, Michigan.
Sep 27-30Rhythm Boys at the Hollywood Theatre in Detroit.
Oct 1-3Appearing at Keith's in Dayton, Ohio.
Oct 4-7They go on to perform at Keith's in Louisville.
Oct 8-13Rhythm Boys at Albee Theatre, Cincinnati.
Oct 15-17The act is at the Keith-Albee Palace in Columbus, Ohio. Jack Benny is the master of ceremonies. The boys miss their advertised performance on October 14 as they had gone to Nashville by mistake.
Oct 18-21Rhythm Boys at the Palace in Canton, Ohio and again Jack Benny is on the same bill.
Oct 22-28The trio is at the Princess Theatre in Nashville.
Oct 29-31Erie, Pennsylvania is the next location for the trio's performance when they appear at the Erie Theatre.
Nov 5-11Back in Chicago, the Rhythm Boys appear at the State-Lake Theatre. Bing dates Peggy Bernier whom he first met at the Granada in San Francisco in October 1926.
Nov 6Herbert Hoover is elected President of the United States.
Nov 10Rhythm Boys record 'My Suppressed Desire' and 'Rhythm King' in Chicago for Columbia Records.
Nov 12-18The act moves on to the Palace, Milwaukee.
Nov 19-21Rhythm Boys perform at the Palace Theatre in Rockford, Illinois where Bing is supposed to have spent a day in jail on arrival as he was drunk and the Rhythm Boys miss four shows.
Nov 22-24The trio are on the bill at the Orpheum in Madison, Wisconsin.
Nov 26-28At Orpheum Theatre, St. Paul, Minnesota.
Nov 29 - Dec 1The boys move on to the Orpheum, Sioux City, Iowa.
Dec 3-9Rhythm Boys at the Orpheum in Omaha, Nebraska.
Dec 10-16The act performs for a week at the Mainstreet Theatre in Kansas City.
Dec 17-19Rhythm Boys at State Theatre, Jersey City. Their baggage arrives late and they have to perform without costumes at the first show.
Dec 20-22Act performs at Fordham Theatre in New York City.
Dec 22Bing records 'Makin' Whoopee' with Whiteman in New York.
Dec 23-29Rhythm Boys at Palace, New York. Bing receives a good review in Variety: "The ballad idea by Bing Crosby is great for a change of pace, his 'When Summer Is Gone' going well. The youngsters, they look as though they have barely attained their majority, work smoothly and politely for all their freak modulations and with a nice presence and address, particularly Crosby who is the balance to Barris' torrid inhibitions."
Dec 28Bing records 'I'll Get By' and 'Rose of Mandalay' with Sam Lanin's Ipana Troubadours in New York for Columbia Records.
Dec 31 - Jan 2Rhythm Boys at Ritz, Elizabeth, New Jersey.
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Jan 3-6The trio performs at the Regent Theatre in Paterson, New Jersey.
Jan 7-9Rhythm Boys move on to Majestic Theatre, Easton, Pennsylvania.
Jan 10-13The act is featured at Colonial Theatre in Allentown, Pennsylvania.
Jan 25In New York, Rhythm Boys record 'So The Bluebirds and the Blackbirds' but this version is never issued. Then Bing makes three tracks with Sam Lanin and his Orchestra, 'I'm Crazy Over You', 'Susianna' and 'If I Had You' for Okeh Records.
Jan 26Still in New York, Bing records for Okeh Records and sings 'The Spell of the Blues', 'Let's Do It' and 'My Kinda Love' with the Dorsey Brothers Orchestra who use Glenn Miller's arrangements.
Feb 5 (9 to 10 p.m.)Whiteman makes his first radio broadcast for Old Gold Cigarettes over WABC in New York. Eddie Cantor guests. The Old Gold people especially request the presence of Bing and the Rhythm Boys on the show and Whiteman re-employs them at $900 per week. The Rhythm Boys sing 'Makin' Whoopee' and Bing has a solo on 'Let's Do It'.
Feb 6 - Apr 27Whiteman reopens atop the New Amsterdam Theatre in the Ziegfeld Midnight Frolic with Helen Morgan as the main guest star. Many celebrities attend the opening night. The show starts at 11:30 p.m. each night after the theatre shows have finished. The Whiteman band also double in the stage show of Whoopee in the New Amsterdam Theatre. It is probable that the Rhythm Boys sometimes formed part of one or both of the shows. Maurice Chevalier makes his New York debut in the Frolic on February 18.
Feb 12Another Whiteman Old Gold radio show is broadcast but Bing does not appear on the show.
Feb 14-17Rhythm Boys featured at Palace, Rochester.
Feb 19Whiteman's Old Gold radio show. The Rhythm Boys perform 'Where the Shy Little Violets Grow' and Bing sings 'When Summer is Gone'.
Feb 26Another Old Gold show is broadcast and Bing sings three solos in addition to two songs by the Rhythm Boys.
Feb 28Bing records 'My Angeline' and 'Coquette' with Whiteman. The first song is not released.
Mar 2-8Rhythm Boys top the bill in a cine-variety show at Fox, Brooklyn.
Mar 5Whiteman's Old Gold radio show.
Mar 7Bing records 'My Angeline' again with Whiteman, this time successfully.
Mar 12Old Gold broadcast. Bing sings 'Louise'.
Mar 14For Columbia Records, Bing sings 'My Kinda Love' and 'Till We Meet' for his first record where his name appears on the label as a solo artist with orchestral accompaniment.
Mar 15Bing records 'Louise' with Whiteman in New York.
Mar 19Old Gold Broadcast. Bing sings 'I Kiss Your Hand, Madame'. Bing rejects an offer by an agent, Lou Squires, to go solo.
Mar 26Old Gold Broadcast. Bing prominent.
Apr 2/9Old Gold Broadcasts.
Apr 5/10/25Recording dates with Whiteman in New York.
Apr 16Another Old Gold broadcast. Bing has two solos as well as joining in Rhythm Boys numbers.
Apr 23Old Gold broadcast.
Apr 26Orchestra appears at Star Casino, New York.
Apr 27Whiteman troupe makes final appearance in the Ziegfeld Midnight Frolic.
Apr 30Weekly Old Gold Broadcast. Bing continues to be featured.
May 3/4/16Bing records with Whiteman in New York.
May 4-18Whiteman appears at Pavillon Royal, a well known restaurant on Merrick Road, Valley Stream, Long Island.
May 7/14Old Gold Broadcasts.
May 19Orchestra appears in 'Friar's Frolic' at Metropolitan Opera House, New York. Eddie Lang joins the band.
May 21Last Old Gold broadcast from New York. Bing has two solos. The Whiteman troupe hold a farewell party at The Tavern.
May 24Bing records two solos in New York 'I Kiss Your Hand, Madame' and 'Baby, Oh Where Can You Be' accompanied by Eddie Lang (for the first time) and two other musicians, Matty Malneck and Roy Bargy.
May 24Old Gold leases a special train for Whiteman to take him to Hollywood to film The King of Jazz. The train is to stop at 16 cities across the nation. Rhythm Boys on board with Whiteman Orchestra. Performance that night at Metropolitan Opera House, Philadelphia.
May 25Orchestra broadcasts from the Syria Mosque, Pittsburgh over station WJAS. Bing prominent.
May 26Whiteman in Cleveland at station WHK (10 am) before going on to Toledo for appearance at the Armory (2 p.m.). Goes on to Detroit for concert at the Olympia (8:30 p.m.).
May 27Arrives at Fort Wayne, Indiana and plays a short concert at Pennsylvania Station in driving rain.
May 28Weekly Old Gold broadcast from Chicago radio station WBBM. The orchestra also performs at a benefit concert at the Auditorium Theatre, Chicago.
May 29Orchestra performs at the State Arsenal, Springfield, Illinois.
May 30Whiteman ensemble at Indianapolis where they appear in connection with the Memorial Day races.
May 31Whiteman gives concert at St. Louis in the Washington University Field House. Also makes radio broadcast from station KMDX.
Jun 1 (7 - 10 p.m.)Whiteman troupe give show at Convention Hall, Kansas City, Missouri. A radio broadcast takes place from station KMBC.
Jun 2At Omaha for concert at City Auditorium in front of 4,500 (2 pm.) and then to Lincoln, Nebraska for a 30 minute concert at Burlington railway station at 6:30 p.m. before a crowd of 5,000.
Jun 3The Old Gold train arrives in Denver, the home of the Whiteman family and there are major festivities. In the evening, the Whiteman family entertain the troupe at their farm.
Jun 4Rehearsal at Shirley-Savoy Hotel, Denver. Free concert at Municipal Auditorium (3-4:30 p.m.) and weekly Old Gold broadcast from Denver station KLZ. (6-7 p.m.). Departure for Salt Lake City at 8:30 p.m.
Jun 5Whiteman performs at Granada Theatre in Salt Lake City.
Jun 7The train arrives at Los Angeles' Union Station at 3 p.m. and the whole ensemble are guests at a reception at Universal City before going on to San Francisco.
Jun 8-13Whiteman performs at Pantages, San Francisco.
Jun 11 (5-6 p.m.)Weekly Old Gold broadcast from station KYA.
Jun 12The orchestra plays for the Optimist Club Luncheon at the Bellevue Hotel, San Francisco.
Jun 15 (9:30 a.m.)Whiteman and his party arrive at Central Station, Los Angeles where they are greeted by a crowd of 500.
Jun 15-22Whiteman appearing at Pantages Theatre, Los Angeles.
Jun 17The orchestra plays for the Chamber of Commerce benefit dinner at the Majestic Theatre.
Jun 18 (5-6 p.m.)Weekly Old Gold broadcast from station KMTR, Los Angeles continues each Tuesday until August 27. Bing and Rhythm Boys always involved.
Jun 24Whiteman reports to Universal to film The King of Jazz but incredibly the script is not ready. The troupe are under salary to Universal but have nothing to do except enjoy themselves and take part in the weekly Old Gold broadcast.
Jun 25Weekly Old Gold broadcast. The announcer is Harry Von Zell and Bing has a solo as well as two songs with the Rhythm Boys.
Jul 2Another Old Gold broadcast with Bing having three solos.
Jul 3Rhythm Boys open at Eddie Brandstatter's Montmartre Club, on the second floor of 6757 Hollywood Boulevard, as a separate act. The Master of Ceremonies is Danny O'Shea. Bing first meets Dixie Lee at the Montmartre Club when she is dating Frankie Albertson.

Bing, Kurt Dieterle and Mischa Russell rent a house on Fairfax Avenue in Los Angeles. They also join Lakeside Country Club and golf daily with other members of the band. Bing really gets the urge to play better golf and from then on works very hard to improve his game.

Jul 9/16/23/30Old Gold broadcasts. Bing prominent.
Jul 29 - Aug 4Rhythm Boys appear at Orpheum Theatre for one week in addition to their Montmartre Club engagement.

James Ryan, the casting director at Fox, tells Bing to forget movies because of his protruding ears.

Bing makes screen tests for MGM.

Jul 31A car accident involving two of the Whiteman troupe occurs. Mario Perry dies from his injuries whilst Joe Venuti, who was driving, is badly injured and sustains a broken arm.
Aug 3Al Rinker's sister, Mildred Bailey, throws a 'home-brew' party for the Whiteman band. She sings and Whiteman decides to sign her as the first regular female vocalist with a nationally-known orchestra.
Aug 6/13/20/27Regular Old Gold broadcasts over KMTR.
Aug 7Rhythm Boys headline in 'Show of Shows Night' at Club Montmartre.

Bing appears at Curtis Mosby's Apex Nite Club together with many other stars. He sings two songs accompanied by a pianist from the Whiteman band, probably Lennie Hayton.

Aug 16Whiteman and the orchestra play at the Santa Barbara Fiesta Day.
Aug 27Last Old Gold broadcast from Station KMTR.
Aug 28Whiteman's film The King of Jazz is still not ready to go before the cameras and Whiteman sets off with his group back East. Hoagy Carmichael hitches a ride, bunking with Bing on the train.
Aug 31Whiteman opens at Pavillon Royal, Long Island.
Sep 3 (9-10 p.m)Whiteman begins broadcasting his Old Gold show from New York station WABC; Bing has solos and the Rhythm Boys duet with Mildred Bailey.
Sep 6/13/27Bing records with Whiteman in New York.

Meets a man called O'Connell in Loretti's one Monday night and after a tour of several bars, Bing wakes up on Wednesday morning in an apartment amongst gangsters. Whilst he is in the bathroom, there is shooting and Bing hides until there is silence and then leaves quietly.

Sep 10/17/24Old Gold broadcasts from Station WABC, New York. On the September 17 show, the 'Old Gold Trio' makes its debut. This is a 'sweet' trio comprising Bing, Al Rinker and Jack Fulton.
Oct 1/8/15/22Weekly Old Gold broadcasts from station WABC, New York.
Oct 9Bing records 'Great Day' and 'Without A Song' with Whiteman in New York.
Oct 16/18Bing again records with Whiteman in New York. Whiteman leaves for Hollywood and is followed a few days later by the rest of the troupe.
Oct 24Wall Street crashes.
Oct 25The orchestra and Bing arrive back in Hollywood.
Oct 29The Old Gold broadcast comes from station KMTR, Los Angeles.
Nov 2Bing drives a girl home from a studio party after the Southern California versus California football game and has a car accident in which the girl is slightly injured. He has been drinking and is arrested and held overnight before being released on bail. A week later he is sentenced to 60 days in jail, but he is released under escort for filming. Loses a featured solo 'Song Of The Dawn' to John Boles, and the movie is slightly delayed. Bing's sentence is eventually commuted to 40 days.
Nov 5/12/19/26Weekly Old Gold broadcasts. Bing may have missed some of these.
Nov 8Filming of The King of Jazz commences in Hollywood. Whiteman pays Crosby $400 a week.
Dec 3/10/17/24/31Old Gold broadcasts. It is not known whether Bing participated in any of these.
Dec 28'Great Day' is at No. 1 in the charts.


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