Harry Lillis "Bing" Crosby, Jr. (May 3, 1903 â€“ October 14, 1977) was an American singer and actor. Crosby's enchanted several generations with his warm bass-baritone voice. An artist during decades of turmoil in the world, Bing provided solace to people who so desperately needed it. Bing Crosby is the best-selling recording artist of the 20th century, having sold over one billion records, via tapes, compact discs and digital downloads around the world. Over a billion. Why do we even go to college?