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Call Me Lucky: Bing Crosby's Own Story [Paperback]

Bing Crosby
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29 Nov 2001
Reissued to coincide with the paperback publication of the definitive Bing biography by Gary Giddins, here is "a collection of anecdotes and reminiscences that is as warm and witty as any Crosby performance. [Bing] could have surely become a full-time writer had his schedule not been taken up with being one of the great entertainers of the century." -Will Friedwald

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  • Paperback: 366 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press; New Ed edition (29 Nov 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0306810875
  • ISBN-13: 978-0306810879
  • Product Dimensions: 22 x 14 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 578,014 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"One of the most enchanting of all show-business memoirs." - Gary Giddins Reissued to coincide with the paperback publication of the definitive Bing biography by Gary Giddins, here is "a collection of anecdotes and reminiscences that is as warm and witty as any Crosby performance. [Bing] could have surely become a full-time writer had his schedule not been taken up with being one of the great entertainers of the century." - Will Friedwald

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Pete Martin was a writer for the Saturday Evening Post.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Readable but not unmissable 9 Mar 2013
By mousy
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This book is a fairly good read. Not one that I found unmissable. Rather disappointed but did make me keen to read other biogs of the time.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bing by Bing 27 Feb 2004
By Ramona - Published on Amazon.com
I read this book as a teen years ago and just purchased the new paperback version. Bing's voice, even as filtered by Pete Martin, is evident here. He's not a deep 'teller of tales' in order to let us see all his personal angst. What we do see is a guy who struggles with parenting spirited boys, who grieves the loss of a wife, who downplays his talent and, as the book's title suggests, considers himself merely lucky. There's a lot of humor in this book and the caring Crosby feels for his family and his fellow entertainers is quite evident if not overly 'blatant'. Another perfect companion to the Gary Giddins book "Pocketful of Dreams"!
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4.0 out of 5 stars The great voice of the century 10 Aug 2004
By Kevin Killian - Published on Amazon.com
Pete Martin, the famous journalist and profile writer who spent a lot of his time working like a beaver for the classic Saturday Evening Post of the 1940s and 1950s--the Norman Rockwell years--and who departed for LOOK magazine when Rockwell did--wrote the bulk of this book, but he did it in close cooperation with the not always easy to work with Bing Crosby, who had attained a new plateau of popularity in the 1950s (when the book was first published). It seemed as if he had everything: wonderful talent, a devoted family, a gift not only for musical comedy but for drama too, as his turns in The Country Girl and Going My Way indicated. Though filmed considerably later than the period he describes in this book, "der Bingle" did a great job as a serial killer in Ira Levin's medical thriller, Dr. Cook's Garden. Bing had a warm, jazz-inspired delivery that wrapped itself around air like it was filled with honey, he was surely the warmest singer who ever lived. If his private life was more complicated than the Saturday Evening Post was then willing to print, what we have in CALL ME LUCKY is another side to the many-faceted Bing Crosby, a construction of grit, daring and tenderness that remains remarkably durable twenty years after his death.
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4.0 out of 5 stars CALL ME TALENTED! 17 Nov 2012
By VOICE OF VICTORIA - Published on Amazon.com
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Bing has had some bad press since he died. This is unfortunate and in some ways unfair. He likely was too severe in discipline of his first family but probably not excessive for his day and similar to what he got. He also was keen that his kids earn their money and not feel they were on a free ride, he hoped to instill discipline and ambition. He did not give his kids much praise or recognition. He gives himself almost none. His book focuses on everyone else's part in his success and the rile of luck. There is a total lack of self worship. He has a droll way of telling anecdotes about his buddies and his family. He favours small stories and little humourous incidents and takes the mickey out of every aspect of himself. Read this in conjunction with 'Pocketful of Dreams' by Gary Giddins and listen to some of his radio broadcasts on 'My Old Radio' (don't forget to listen to his music or see a few movies) to get a pretty good picture of this amazing talent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good And Interesting Story! 3 Mar 2013
By craig - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a very good story to read and i liked reading all about Bing Crosby. I gave the book to a friend to read and they enjoyed it too! This is a very good book to read and the price was very affordable from Amazon!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very happy! 6 Sep 2010
By Karen L. Jeffries - Published on Amazon.com
Very happy with seller and product! I would definitely buy from this seller again.
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