Michael Buble Teams Up With Bing Crosby For White Christmas
Cailyn Finkel 12/10/2018
Technology allows us to accomplish incredible feats and connect with parts of the universe that would've otherwise been unattainable. It also allows for breathtaking musical collaborations - just like this duet between modern big-band singer Michael Buble and the late legend, Bing Crosby.
Together, the pair sang a rendition of "White Christmas" that we'll play back over and over again for years to come. Their magical duet quickly became an instant holiday classic.
With the help of holographic technology and careful lighting, the duo sang an unbelievable version of "White Christmas" for an audience of excited fans. Bing's soulful voice filled the air as Michael sang proudly behind him. Their voices meshed perfectly and the simple holiday set let us focus on their sound.
We've never heard anything this beautiful! Their duet combined modern techniques with old-school style seamlessly.
Kathryn Crosby, Bing's second wife told Smashing Interviewsthat her husband's persona was much different behind closed doors and out of the limelight. She also explained that his sudden passing came as a surprise - despite his various health problems.
Thinking back, Kathryn remembered her husband fondly:
"He was shy, but not with me. He had a great tolerance for people. I was a reporter, too, when I was first at Paramount, and I had asked him if he liked horses because I was this 'Fat Stock' as the 1950 Rodeo Queen of the Fat Stock show in that year (laughs). Bing said, 'Yeah. I like horses.' I didn't know he had built Del Mar racetrack (laughs).
I asked if he liked baseball because I was Queen of the Texas Buffalos in Houston. They went to Ohio for the national convention of baseball owners. Bing said, 'Yeah. I like baseball a lot.' I didn't know he owned the Pirates. He was a part owner of the Pittsburgh Pirates. My mother got to go to one of the World Series games, and it was very exciting. Bing was very tolerant, though, of my large, expansive idiocy...
[His passing] was a terrible surprise, but he had, of course, been sick... Bing had certain health problems, but after we did the Christmas show at the London Palladium, we traveled to Manchester and Brighton, and then he went to Spain to shoot grouse with a good friend.
Before they went to the place where they would be shooting, they played a round of golf. At the end of the game, Bing's friend, Cesar de Zulueta asked him, 'How do you feel?' Bing said, 'I'm fine. It's not too steep. It's not heavy.' He took one more step and then [passed away]. They had finished the eighteen holes of golf, and Bing won ten dollars with his pro. He did love his golf."
Fortunately, his music lives on through performances like this. He may be up in Heaven, but we're sure he's looking down on his fans and smiling from ear to ear. We all want to hear more from our favorites before they pass away - and the Christmas performance between Michael and Bing allows us to do just that.
It's a brief trip back in time to where Christmas meant a little more and the world felt a little cozier. We could use that feeling this time of year!