Music: Home on the Range?

There was a time when Bing Crosby used to explode, "My son Gary a crooner? Never!" Last week Der Bingle's explosion was muffled down to a tongue-in-cheek pop.

Bing had never exactly discouraged Gary, the eldest of his four kids, from joining in the free-for-all barbershopping that goes on around the Crosby house. In the last couple of years, he even let him appear occasionally on his radio show. Bing wasn't really worried about Gary turning groaner; Gary was too interested in football. And for a career, said Bing, "he has told me he wants to study animal husbandry and agriculture and...

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