19 June 1902, London, Ontario, Canada, d. 5 November 1977, Houston, Texas, USA. A celebrated band leader and impresario, early in the 20s, Lombardo formed a dance band in collaboration with his brothers Carmen (b. 16 July 1903, d. 17 April 1971) and Lebert (b. 11 February 1905, d, 16 June 1993) and a fourth brother, Victor (b. 10 April 1911, d. 22 January 1994), joined later. After some limited success in their own country they travelled across the border and secured a regular radio engagement in Cleveland, Ohio, where they adopted the name Guy Lombardo And His Royal Canadians. The band played in Chicago before moving to New York where they remained, mostly enjoying very long residencies, until 1963. Frequent broadcasts and their immaculately played dance music, which was billed as the sweetest music this side of heaven, appealed to a huge audience.
Lombardo is probably best remembered for his theme tune, Auld...
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