Paul Ford writes about the remarkable connection between Bing Crosby, magnetic tape, Nazi technology, and the computer hard drive. Crosby, who preferred radio and recorded performances to concerts, was more than a little bit of a perfectionist, invested heavily in the development of microphones, audio tape, the invention of digital recording, the CD and the digital technology of computers. Crosby sang what was for over 60 years the highest selling song of all time, "White Christmas", along with thousands of other tunes, often to adoring teenage and later middle aged crowds. A superstar, what he accomplished behind the scenes is his true legacy. Ford's post about Crosby appears on the New Yorker Elements blog.
Bing CrosbySingerHarry Lillis "Bing" Crosby was an American singer and actor. Crosby's trademark bass-baritone voice made him one of the best-selling recording artists of the 20th century, with over half a billion records in circulation. Wikipedia