2 January 1930, New York City, New York, USA. La Rosa grew up listening to records by singers such as Frank Sinatra and bands including Tommy Dorsey and Glenn Miller. After finishing high school he joined the US Navy and during this period of service he sang with the US Navy Band in Washington, DC, where he was heard by Arthur Godfrey who told him to come and see him when he was discharged. La Rosa did so and within a week of leaving the navy, he was appearing on Godfreys television show. For two years from November 1951, La Rosa was a member of the hugely popular CBS TV series Arthur Godfrey And His Friends.
Although kept very busy with the Godfrey show and other in-between engagements, La Rosa also took singing lessons with Gian Carlo Menotti. Starting in 1952, he also made records for Cadence Records, a company formed by Godfreys orchestra leader, Archie Bleyer, apparently for the express purpose of recording La Rosa. His first...