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September 29, 1930: Bing Crosby and Dixie Lee Mariage

September 29, 1930: Bing Crosby, America's premier crooner for decades, married Dixie Lee.

In June 1930 after the premiere of Bing Crosby and his band, King of Jazz at New York City’s Roxy Theatre, they received offers to appear in films . They had contracts with Pathe, Ripstitch the Tailor and Two Plus Fours (1930).  They also appeared in the features of various shows.
Bing started focusing on his solo career at the Coconut Grove to the detriment of The Rhythm Boys spots. His partner, Barris, was more focussed about composing, supplying Crosby with some of the best material during his early career.  He went on to have success as a radio producer.  He would later produce television as well.

Bing met and wooed Dixie Lee (aka Wilma Winnifred Wyatt), During the Grove residency. Dixie Lee was a young actress felt by many film insiders to possess the potential to become the next blonde bombshell. Their marriage  brought such newspaper headlines as: "20th Century Fox Star Married Obscure Crooner." Crosby’s relative obscurity, however, was soon to become a thing of the past.


  1. She is so pretty, and she looks so young.


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