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CALL ME LUCKY (344 pp.)—Bing Crosby (as told to Pete Martin)—Simon & Schuster (cloth bound, $3.50; paper bound, $1).

One fine day some 40 years ago, pupils of the Webster School in Spokane, Wash, put on a musical show. The significance of the event was not appreciated at the time, and the part of the show in which a number of children dressed like blocks came out onstage to jump up & down got only moderate applause. Nobody particularly cared that one of those blocks was named Harry Lillis Crosby.

In the years since his...

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