The Irish in America

Day Seven: Bing Crosby sings “Too-Ra-Loo-Ra-Loo-Ra”


Bing and Barry: Going My Way still

Bing and Barry: Going My Way still

I could listen to Bing Crosby sing just about ANYTHING. The way he slides from note to note is pure magic. Wouldn’t you know that Bing was Irish American. His Irish roots were from his mother, Kate Harrigan Crosby.

My favorite Bing Crosby movie is the 1944 Going My Way. White Christmas is a close second, but it doesn’t have Barry Fitzgerald! I love the scene when Bing sings “Too-Ra-Loo-Ra-Loo-Ra” to Barry Fitzgerald…


GoingMyWay_posterGoing My Way was based on a story by Leo McCarey, the director of the film. Another Irish American, McCarey is perhaps best remembered as writer/director/producer of An Affair to Remember starring Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr. Click here to read about the fascinating career of Leo McCarey.

I need to get my hands on a copy of Going My Way this weekend, to see the lullaby scene and one of the best scenes ever filmed, when the old priest played by Barry Fitzgerald is surprised by a visit from his dear mother from Ireland. Love it!


Author: Aine

I live in Saint Paul, Minnesota. My heritage pretty much covers the map of Ireland: great-great-grandparents from Cork (Crowley, Foley, Regan), a great-great-grandmother from Clare (Quinn), a great-great-grandfather from Fermanagh (McMahon) and his wife's parents from Mayo (McAndrew), a great-grandmother from Connemara (Hannon) married to my great-grandfather from Laois (McCormack), great-grandparents from Sligo (Flannery), and a great-grandmother from Kildare (Hill). All of those people ended up in Minnesota, where my four grandparents were born. Three and four generations after my people left Ireland for America, I retain all Irish heritage. So much for the melting pot...

2 thoughts on “Day Seven: Bing Crosby sings “Too-Ra-Loo-Ra-Loo-Ra”

  1. Bing Crosby was really proud of his Irish roots. I will admit, a lot of it was blown up, for Americans, but he was proud of what came before him. We now laugh at the Irish/American phrases he used, like “begorra” and “top of the morning to you”. They belong in another era. No one could sing those Irish American songs like him. They have turned up on c.d, so at least they won’t be forgotten.

  2. Bing Crosby really does have a luscious voice! Yes, sliding from note to note. I believe his personal life was cheerful, but that doesn’t affect his art.

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