In terms of wide appeal, popular longevity, great voice and unique personality, three male pop-music stars shine above the multitude of others--Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley. While Sinatra and Presley have been so celebrated in recent years that they're in danger of being overrated--if that's possible--10 years after his death too many people seem to be losing sight of Crosby's talent and stature.
Thank goodness, then, for "Remembering Bing," a 90-minute profile Saturday at approximately 8 p.m. on Channel 28 (where pledge breaks will add some time) and at 7:30 p.m. on Channel 24.
This WTTW/Chicago-produced program isn't the great, complex Crosby documentary that might have been--one that could have contrasted the legendary relaxed crooner with the more troubled husband and father. Not even the barest details of Crosby's private life are mentioned; the focus is entirely on Bing the performer.
However, this is a very good compilation of clips and other material, capably hosted by Dorothy Lamour and sprinkled with remembrances from Bob Hope, Phil Harris and others.