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5 stories about Regis Philbin

After a long career, Regis Philbin is saying goodbye to his morning show. In his new book "How I Got This Way" he writes about some of his many show biz memories. Here are five of the anecdotes the talk show host shares.

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1. He got into entertainment because of Bing Crosby

Philbin remembers listening to Crosby's songs over the radio during the Depression and learning every word. When he got a job as announcer and co-host on "The Joey Bishop Show" and Crosby was a guest, Bishop told Crosby how big a fan Philbin was, and Crosby sang him a song. Then Bishop suggested Philbin sing one of Crosby's songs for him. "Is he nuts? I thought," Philbin writes. "Is he looking for a few laughs at my expense? How do I get out of here? Bing turned and gave me a pleasant enough look – but straight at me. I can still see those steely blue eyes." Philbin sang "Pennies From Heaven," and Crosby joined in on a few parts. The next day, Philbin was offered a recording contract.


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