Gary Crosby, Bing's Son, Dies of Lung Cancer

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Gary Crosby, eldest son of Bing Crosby and himself a singer, recording artist and actor, died Thursday (Aug. 24, 1995) in Burbank, Calif., of lung cancer. He was 62.

He had recorded two duets with his internationally known father, which became the first double-sided gold record in the history of the recording industry. Their songs were "Sam's Song" and "Play a Simple Melody," recorded in 1950.

The popularity of entertainer Gary Crosby, who performed on television, film and stage, never approached that of his legendary father. In his youth, Gary acquired a reputation as a bad-boy son who was frequently in trouble for drinking, and in 1967 he acknowledged that he was an alcoholic.

Gary Crosby achieved perhaps his widest fame in 1983 when he published his autobiography, "Going My Own Way," which claimed that his father had been abusive to him and his three brothers, twins Phillip and Dennis, and Lindsay, who committed suicide in 1989. …