Monday, December 04, 2006

Guy Lombardo


Another big band from the 40's but this time from Canada. Someone sent me this recording recently and just had to share this great novelty songs with you.

Wikipedia says-

"Gaetano Alberto "Guy" Lombardo (June 19, 1902 – November 5, 1977) was a Canadian bandleader and violinist famous in the United States. With his three brothers Carmen, Lebert, and Victor and other musicians from his hometown of London, Ontario, he formed the big band The Royal Canadians in 1924, famous for playing what is considered "The Sweetest Music This Side of Heaven." His very first recording session took place where Bix Beiderbecke made his legendary recordings — in Richmond, Indiana, at the Gennett Studios — both in early 1924.
The band played at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City from 1929 to 1959, and their New Year's Eve broadcasts (which continued until 1976 at the Waldorf Astoria) were a major part of New Year's celebrations across North America. In 1938, he became a naturalized citizen of the United States. They were noted for playing the traditional song "Auld Lang Syne" as part of the celebrations. Their recording of the song still plays as the first song of the new year in Times Square.
The Lombardos are believed to have sold more than 300 million phonograph albums during their lifetimes, a considerable feat given that many homes had no record players in the 1920s and 1930s.
Although Lombardo is not considered by most to have been a top tier musician, Louis Armstrong famously enjoyed Lombardo's music. When questioned about this, Armstrong quipped "The man gets the melody right.""

Guy Lombardo - Get Out Those Old Records

Guy Lombardo - The Chicken Song

Guy Lombardo - I'm My Own Granpaw


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2 comments:

ratolover said...

thanks for those old time music!

michael said...

My pleasure rato!