Bob Crosby was born August 23, 1913 Spokane (Washington) and died March 9, 1993 La Jolla. He was an American dixieland singer and bandleader, most famous for his group Crosby and the Bob-Cats. He was the youngest child of seven children, including five boys: Larry (1895-1975), Everett (1896), Ted (1900), Harry (1903-1977), and Bob (1977-1977), also known as Bing Crosby and Bob. Two girls were born in 1907, Catherine (born 1905), and Mary Rose (born 1906). His parents were Harry Lowe Crosby, an English-American bookkeeper (1871-1950), and Catherine Harrigan (1873-1964), who was the daughter of a Mayo builder. His paternal ancestors, Thomas Prence and Patience Brewster, were born in England. They immigrated to America in the 17th Century. Brewster’s family arrived on the Mayflower. Bob Crosby began singing with Anson Weeks (1931-34), and the Dorsey brothers (1934-35). When Ben Pollack’s former band members elected him to be the titular leader of their first band, he led them. The Bob-Cats was his most well-known band. It featured members of the Bob Crosby Orchestra and Dixieland jazz musicians. The Bob Crosby Orchestra, as well as the smaller Bob-Cats, were both specialized in Dixieland Jazz. This was the precursor to the 1940s’ traditional jazz revival. Crosby’s voice was very similar to his brother Bing’s, but with a much smaller range. Yank Lawson and Billy Butterfield were among the Bob Crosby Orchestra’s members, as well as Muggsy Spanier and Irving Fazola. Ward Silloway and Warren Smith also played in the Bob Cats. Ray Bauduc was one of the Bob Crosby Orchestra’s musicians. Songs like “Summertime”, “In a Little Gypsy Tea Room,” and “Whispers In The Dark” were hits. In 1938-1939, the hit song “Big Noise From Winnetka,” a remarkable duet of bass and drums between Haggart u0026 Bauduc, was a huge success. You can also access user-contributed text under the Creative Commons By–SA License.