Dick Todd Biography

4 August 1914, Montreal, Canada, d. 1973, New York, USA. A husky voiced baritone, with a distinctive style, Todd attended McGill University in Montreal, and appeared frequently on Canadian radio. He moved to the USA in 1938, and sang for a short while with the Larry Clinton Band, and featured on their version of ‘Change Partners’. In the late 30s he had several hits on Victor Records and Bluebird Records which earned him the nickname ‘the Canadian Crosby’. These included ‘The Girl In The Bonnet Of Blue’, ‘Love Doesn’t Grow On Trees’, ‘When Paw Was Courtin’ Maw’, ‘Little Sir Echo’ and ‘It’s A Hundred To One (I’m In Love)’. He was much in demand on radio, working with Robert Benchley, on the programme Show Boat with the Bob Strong Band, the Home Town Show, and his own song shows in the early 40s. He also featured on Your Hit Parade for a time in 1945. His 40s hits included ‘To You, Sweetheart, Aloha’, ‘The Gaucho Serenade’, ‘Make Believe Island’, ‘All This And Heaven Too’, ‘You Can’t Brush Me Off’ (with Dinah Shore), and ‘Goodnight Mother’, one of the few anti-war songs of World War II. In the 50s he had some success with ‘I See The Moon’ and ‘Oh Happy Day’, and in the 60s he released ‘Pennsylvania Turnpike’. In the 70s, despite a painful arthritic condition, he was reported to have worked as a stage hand at the New York Coliseum.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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