Russ Columbo

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Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Biography

Ruggerio Eugenio di Rudolpho Columbo, 14 January 1908, Camden, New Jersey, USA, d. 2 September 1934, Hollywood, California, USA. The son of an Italian theatre musician, Columbo played accordion and violin while still at school. In 1927 he joined Gus Arnheim’s band at Hollywood’s Coconut Grove as one half of a two-violin string section with future film star Fred MacMurray. A later addition to the band was Bing Crosby, who proved to be Columbo’s main rival along with Rudy Vallee. Following a few appearances in a couple of insignificant movies, including dubbing Gary Cooper’s singing voice in the film, Wolf Song (1929), Columbo formed his own band in 1931. It was an immediate success both in person and on records. The band’s hits included, ‘Sweet And Lovely’, ‘Guilty’, ‘As You Desire Me’, ‘Goodnight Sweetheart’, ‘You Call It Madness’ and ‘Prisoner Of Love’, the latter two composed by...

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