Phillip Crosby

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Phillip Crosby
Garry Moore Betsy Palmer Crosby boys Ive Got a Secret 1961.JPG
Phillip Crosby (second from right) with Garry Moore, Betsy Palmer, and his brothers Lindsay and Dennis on I've Got a Secret in 1961
Born Phillip Lang Crosby
(1934-07-13)July 13, 1934
Los Angeles County, California U.S.
Died January 13, 2004(2004-01-13) (aged 69)
Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Cause of death
Heart attack
Resting place
Holy Cross Cemetery, Culver City
Nationality American
Other names Phil Crosby
Education Bellarmine College Preparatory
Occupation Actor, singer
Spouse(s) Sandra Jo Drummond (1958–1963)
Mary Joyce Gabbard (1964–1966)
Peggy J. Compton (1972–1975)
Parent(s) Bing Crosby
Dixie Lee
Relatives Dennis Crosby (brother)
Lindsay Crosby (brother)
Gary Crosby (brother)

Phillip Lang Crosby (July 13, 1934 – January 13, 2004) was an American actor and singer. He was one of four sons of Bing Crosby and Dixie Lee; the others were his older brother Gary, his twin brother Dennis, and his younger brother Lindsay. Phillip began his career singing alongside his three brothers and his father, Bing Crosby.

Early life and family[edit]

Crosby was born in California. He was educated at Bellarmine College Preparatory in San Jose.

Despite a promising start to life, the brothers were overwhelmed by their emotional problems, which resulted in heavy drinking. Their mother's death from ovarian cancer was hastened by acute alcoholism. Philip's twin Dennis and his younger brother Lindsay committed suicide with shotguns, in their 50s. Gary died from lung cancer in August 1995, aged 62.

Singing career[edit]

Phillip and his brothers formed a harmony singing group, The Crosby Boys, who performed during the 1950s and 1960s. They appeared in nightclubs and on The Ed Sullivan Show on American television.

Personal life[edit]

Crosby was married four times to:

  1. Sandra Jo Drummond, a Vegas showgirl (1958–1963); two children, daughter Dixie Lee Crosby and son Brian Patrick Crosby (deceased).
  2. Mary Joyce Gabbard, a Vegas showgirl (1964–1966); two children, daughter Mary Elizabeth Crosby and son Bing Crosby.
  3. Georgi Edwards, a Vegas showgirl (1967–1969)
  4. Peggy J. Compton (1972–1975); one son Phillip L. Crosby Jr., (a crooner in a musical quartet, which revitalizes some of Bing's old songs).


Crosby died on January 13, 2004, in Woodland Hills, California from a heart attack, aged 69.



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