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Guy Lombardo Collection

As a boy, Guy Lombardo put together a band with his brothers in their father's tailor shop, later they would become the Royal Canadians and Guy would be known as "Mr. New Years's Eve".

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Guy LombardoWe should never underestimate the power of a father's love, especially when that father loves music almost as much as he loves his sons.

Gaetano and Lena Lombardo left Italy to open what would become a successful tailor shop in London, Ontario, Canada, and set about producing five fine sons, the oldest being Gaetano Jr., born 1902, whom everyone would call Guy. As each of his first four sons got old enough, the senior Lombardo gave them each a musical instrument, hoping to eventually have an in-house orchestra to accompany his rich baritone singing voice. "I got the violin because I was the oldest," Guy said several years later. "And the violin player is always the leader. That's why I'm the leader." Brother Carmen played the alto saxophone (he would also pen many of the group's later hits), Victor handled the baritone and soprano sax, and Lebert became a trumpeter. When Guy convinced neighborhood pal Fred Kreitzer, who played the piano, to join in, the first Lombardo orchestra was formed. The rehearsed in the tailor shop and Gaetano arranged their first appearance at a church lawn party in 1914.

Their first paying gig was at Great Bend, Ontario, in 1919, and they realized they needed more brass and a guitar player. With these additions made, they adopted the name "The Royal Canadians" in honor of their homeland and traveled south to the United States seeking fame and fortune. They cut sides for Gennett Studios in Indiana, 1924, and later for Brunswick and Vocalion. Lombardo signed the band with Brunswick and recorded prolifically from 1927 to 1931, and they switched labels to Brunswick from 1932 to 1935, then spent a year with Decca. Near the end of 1935, they recorded for Victor before resigning with Decca in 1938. The same year, Guy became a naturalized American citizen.

The greatest legacy of the Royal Canadians is their half-century of New Year's Eve remote broadcasts, beginning with "radio's first nationwide New Year's Eve broadcast" form New York's Roosevelt Hotel in 1928 (years later, Lombardo would quip that when he died he would take New Year's Eve with him). In the 1929 broadcast, Lombardo introduced "Auld Lang Syne" which had been part of the repertoire since being a popular request among the Scottish community around London, Ontario. As the song became a part of the New Year's tradition, it was said that Guy was "the first Canadian to start an American tradition."

Guy Lombardo Standing

OTR fans will remember that George Burns and Gracie Allen began appearing as regulars on NBC's Guy Lombardo Show in 1932. In fact, the couple's sketch humor was not a great mix with "the sweetest music this side of heaven", and the time slot was refashioned as The Adventures of Gracie when the Royal Canadians moved to CBS in 1934. The Royal Canadians made their first New Year's Eve TV broadcast in 1956, and remained popular with audiences even two years after Buy passed away (although they did face competition from Dick Clark's Rockin' New Year's Eve in the late 1970s, the Royal Canadian's recording of "Auld Lang Syne" is still the traditional first song played after the ball-drop in Times Square).

Guy Lombardo married Lilliebell Glenn in 1926, and the couple remained together for the rest of his life. He passed away of a fatal heart attack at Houston Methodist Hospital on November 5, 1977, after surgery to repair a distended thoracic aorta, Lilliebell was at his side. Three Stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame were dedicated honoring Guy Lombardo, one at 6363 Hollywood Blvd to Television, another at 6666 Hollywood Blvd for Recording, and for contributions to Radio at 6677 Hollywood Blvd.

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    I was confused by the first recording which is an episode of Boston Blackie, but Guy Lombardo actually appears mid broadcast and is interviewed by "Boston Blackie" in the radio studio. Fun stuff!!!

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    total playtime 13 hours, 43 min
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      50 shows - total playtime 13 hours 43 minutes
      1. Bb 4801286 Record Collector.mp3
      2. Bill Stern 460517 341 Guy Lombardo.mp3
      3. Bill Stern 461213 371 Guy Lombardo.mp3
      4. Dance Music 052 Guy Lombardo Orchestra Coquette Dept State.mp3
      5. Dance Time Usa 054 Could Have Danced All Night Guy Lombardo.mp3
      6. Dearie Guy Lombardo.mp3
      7. Guest Star 520000 021 Guy Lombardo.mp3
      8. Guest Star 551113 451 Guy Lombardo.mp3
      9. Guy Lombardo 340000 Stars Fell On Alabama.mp3
      10. Guy Lombardo 360000 When Did You Leave Heaven.mp3
      11. Guy Lombardo 440800 490 Comin Around Corner.mp3
      12. Guy Lombardo 450300 382 Poor Little Ri Come With Me.mp3
      13. Guy Lombardo 450600 75 I Should Care.mp3
      14. Guy Lombardo 450700 470 Stars Your Eyes El Rancho Vegas.mp3
      15. Guy Lombardo 450725 78 Afrs.mp3
      16. Guy Lombardo 500110 Spring In December Sung By Don Rodney.mp3
      17. Guy Lombardo 721231 New Years Eve Party At Waldorf Astoria.mp3
      18. Guy Lombardo Christmas Prog.mp3
      19. Guy Lombardo Cottonpickers Ball 1924.mp3
      20. Guy Lombardo Mamas Gone Goodbye 1924.mp3
      21. Guy Lombardo Remote From Royal Grill.mp3
      22. Guy Lombardo Royal Grill It S Lovely Day Today .mp3
      23. Guy Lombardo Show 1948 09 Stars Will Remember.mp3
      24. Guy Lombardo Show 1948 10 Coquette.mp3
      25. Guy Lombardo Show 1948 11 They Say Its Wonderful.mp3
      26. Guy Lombardo Show 1948 12 Youll Never Know.mp3
      27. Guy Lombardo Show 244 1 St I Cant Begin To Tell You By Do.mp3
      28. Guy Lombardo Show 247 1 St Whole World Is Singing My Son.mp3
      29. Guy Lombardo Show 248 1 St Ivy By Don Rodney.mp3
      30. Guy Lombardo So This Is Venice 1924 Es.mp3
      31. Guy Lombardo Someone Loves You After All 1924 Es.mp3
      32. Heres To Veterans 1311 Guy Lombardo Poor Sound.mp3
      33. Mgm Studio Chorus Love On Greyhound Bus Lombardo.mp3
      34. One Night Stand 491128 2125 Grille Room Hotel Roosevelt Nyc.mp3
      35. One Night Stand 501025 2336 All My Love Guy Lombardo 2.mp3
      36. One Night Stand 540000 3540 Guy Lombardo Embraceable You.mp3
      37. Sj 003 Too Many Tears Guy Lombardo Orchestra V Carmen Lo.mp3
      38. Spotlight Bands 460715 Afrs 0871 Guy Lombardo.mp3
      39. Spotlight Bands 460819 Afrs 0887 Aho Sunny Side Of Street.mp3
      40. Spotlight Bands 471024 Afrs 1108 Guy Lombardo Coquette.mp3
      41. Stars On Parade 510413 549 Get Out Those Old Records.mp3
      42. Third Man Theme 1950 Guy Lombardo.mp3
      43. Turn Back Clock 590000 Afrts 1172 Tues You Are Mine Chacha.mp3
      44. Vd 440800 490 Comin Around Corner Humoresque.mp3
      45. Vd 450300 382 B Guy Lombardo His Orch Poor Little Rhode Isla.mp3
      46. Vd 450700 470 Guy Lombardo His Orch Stars In Your Eyes El Ra.mp3
      47. Vd 450700470 Stars In Your Eyes Elrancho Vegas.mp3
      48. Victory Parade Spotlight Bands 470825 Afrs 1048 Guy Lombardo.mp3
      49. Victory Parade Spotlight Bands 470922 Afrs 1060 Guy Lombardo.mp3
      50. Victory Parade Spotlight Bands 480427 Afrs 1187 Guy Lombardo.mp3
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      50 shows - total playtime 13 hours 43 minutes
      1. Bb 4801286 Record Collector.mp3
      2. Bill Stern 460517 341 Guy Lombardo.mp3
      3. Bill Stern 461213 371 Guy Lombardo.mp3
      4. Dance Music 052 Guy Lombardo Orchestra Coquette Dept State.mp3
      5. Dance Time Usa 054 Could Have Danced All Night Guy Lombardo.mp3
      6. Dearie Guy Lombardo.mp3
      7. Guest Star 520000 021 Guy Lombardo.mp3
      8. Guest Star 551113 451 Guy Lombardo.mp3
      9. Guy Lombardo 340000 Stars Fell On Alabama.mp3
      10. Guy Lombardo 360000 When Did You Leave Heaven.mp3
      11. Guy Lombardo 440800 490 Comin Around Corner.mp3
      12. Guy Lombardo 450300 382 Poor Little Ri Come With Me.mp3
      13. Guy Lombardo 450600 75 I Should Care.mp3
      14. Guy Lombardo 450700 470 Stars Your Eyes El Rancho Vegas.mp3
      15. Guy Lombardo 450725 78 Afrs.mp3
      16. Guy Lombardo 500110 Spring In December Sung By Don Rodney.mp3
      17. Guy Lombardo 721231 New Years Eve Party At Waldorf Astoria.mp3
      18. Guy Lombardo Christmas Prog.mp3
      19. Guy Lombardo Cottonpickers Ball 1924.mp3
      20. Guy Lombardo Mamas Gone Goodbye 1924.mp3
      21. Guy Lombardo Remote From Royal Grill.mp3
      22. Guy Lombardo Royal Grill It S Lovely Day Today .mp3
      23. Guy Lombardo Show 1948 09 Stars Will Remember.mp3
      24. Guy Lombardo Show 1948 10 Coquette.mp3
      25. Guy Lombardo Show 1948 11 They Say Its Wonderful.mp3
      26. Guy Lombardo Show 1948 12 Youll Never Know.mp3
      27. Guy Lombardo Show 244 1 St I Cant Begin To Tell You By Do.mp3
      28. Guy Lombardo Show 247 1 St Whole World Is Singing My Son.mp3
      29. Guy Lombardo Show 248 1 St Ivy By Don Rodney.mp3
      30. Guy Lombardo So This Is Venice 1924 Es.mp3
      31. Guy Lombardo Someone Loves You After All 1924 Es.mp3
      32. Heres To Veterans 1311 Guy Lombardo Poor Sound.mp3
      33. Mgm Studio Chorus Love On Greyhound Bus Lombardo.mp3
      34. One Night Stand 491128 2125 Grille Room Hotel Roosevelt Nyc.mp3
      35. One Night Stand 501025 2336 All My Love Guy Lombardo 2.mp3
      36. One Night Stand 540000 3540 Guy Lombardo Embraceable You.mp3
      37. Sj 003 Too Many Tears Guy Lombardo Orchestra V Carmen Lo.mp3
      38. Spotlight Bands 460715 Afrs 0871 Guy Lombardo.mp3
      39. Spotlight Bands 460819 Afrs 0887 Aho Sunny Side Of Street.mp3
      40. Spotlight Bands 471024 Afrs 1108 Guy Lombardo Coquette.mp3
      41. Stars On Parade 510413 549 Get Out Those Old Records.mp3
      42. Third Man Theme 1950 Guy Lombardo.mp3
      43. Turn Back Clock 590000 Afrts 1172 Tues You Are Mine Chacha.mp3
      44. Vd 440800 490 Comin Around Corner Humoresque.mp3
      45. Vd 450300 382 B Guy Lombardo His Orch Poor Little Rhode Isla.mp3
      46. Vd 450700 470 Guy Lombardo His Orch Stars In Your Eyes El Ra.mp3
      47. Vd 450700470 Stars In Your Eyes Elrancho Vegas.mp3
      48. Victory Parade Spotlight Bands 470825 Afrs 1048 Guy Lombardo.mp3
      49. Victory Parade Spotlight Bands 470922 Afrs 1060 Guy Lombardo.mp3
      50. Victory Parade Spotlight Bands 480427 Afrs 1187 Guy Lombardo.mp3
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    50 recordings on 15 Audio CDs
    total playtime 13 hours, 43 min

    Guy Lombardo Disc A001

    1. Dance Music 052 Guy Lombardo Orchestra Coquette Dept State
    2. Dance Time Usa 054 Could Have Danced All Night Guy Lombardo
    3. Dearie Guy Lombardo
    4. Guy Lombardo Christmas Prog
    5. Guy Lombardo Cottonpickers Ball 1924
    6. Guy Lombardo Mamas Gone Goodbye 1924

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    Guy Lombardo Disc A002

    1. Guy Lombardo Remote From Royal Grill
    2. Guy Lombardo Royal Grill It S Lovely Day Today

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    Guy Lombardo Disc A003

    1. Guy Lombardo Show 1948 09 Stars Will Remember
    2. Guy Lombardo Show 1948 10 Coquette

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    Guy Lombardo Disc A004

    1. Guy Lombardo Show 1948 11 They Say Its Wonderful
    2. Guy Lombardo Show 1948 12 Youll Never Know

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    Guy Lombardo Disc A005

    1. Guy Lombardo Show 244 1 St I Cant Begin To Tell You By Do
    2. Guy Lombardo Show 247 1 St Whole World Is Singing My Son

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    Guy Lombardo Disc A006

    1. Guy Lombardo Show 248 1 St Ivy By Don Rodney
    2. Guy Lombardo So This Is Venice 1924 Es
    3. Guy Lombardo Someone Loves You After All 1924 Es
    4. Heres To Veterans 1311 Guy Lombardo Poor Sound
    5. Mgm Studio Chorus Love On Greyhound Bus Lombardo
    6. Sj 003 Too Many Tears Guy Lombardo Orchestra V Carmen Lo
    7. Third Man Theme 1950 Guy Lombardo
    8. Guy Lombardo 340000 Stars Fell On Alabama
    9. Guy Lombardo 360000 When Did You Leave Heaven
    10. Guy Lombardo 440800 490 Comin Around Corner

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    Guy Lombardo Disc A007

    1. Vd 440800 490 Comin Around Corner Humoresque
    2. Guy Lombardo 450300 382 Poor Little Ri Come With Me
    3. Vd 450300 382 B Guy Lombardo His Orch Poor Little Rhode Isla
    4. Guy Lombardo 450600 75 I Should Care
    5. Guy Lombardo 450700 470 Stars Your Eyes El Rancho Vegas
    6. Vd 450700 470 Guy Lombardo His Orch Stars In Your Eyes El Ra
    7. Vd 450700470 Stars In Your Eyes Elrancho Vegas

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    Guy Lombardo Disc A008

    1. Guy Lombardo 450725 78 Afrs
    2. Bill Stern 460517 341 Guy Lombardo
    3. Spotlight Bands 460715 Afrs 0871 Guy Lombardo

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    Guy Lombardo Disc A009

    1. Spotlight Bands 460819 Afrs 0887 Aho Sunny Side Of Street
    2. Bill Stern 461213 371 Guy Lombardo
    3. Victory Parade Spotlight Bands 470825 Afrs 1048 Guy Lombardo
    4. Victory Parade Spotlight Bands 470922 Afrs 1060 Guy Lombardo

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    Guy Lombardo Disc A010

    1. Spotlight Bands 471024 Afrs 1108 Guy Lombardo Coquette
    2. Bb 4801286 Record Collector
    3. Victory Parade Spotlight Bands 480427 Afrs 1187 Guy Lombardo

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    Guy Lombardo Disc A011

    1. One Night Stand 491128 2125 Grille Room Hotel Roosevelt Nyc
    2. Guy Lombardo 500110 Spring In December Sung By Don Rodney

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    Guy Lombardo Disc A012

    1. One Night Stand 501025 2336 All My Love Guy Lombardo 2
    2. Stars On Parade 510413 549 Get Out Those Old Records
    3. Guest Star 520000 021 Guy Lombardo

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    Guy Lombardo Disc A013

    1. One Night Stand 540000 3540 Guy Lombardo Embraceable You
    2. Guest Star 551113 451 Guy Lombardo

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    Guy Lombardo Disc A014

    1. Turn Back Clock 590000 Afrts 1172 Tues You Are Mine Chacha

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    Guy Lombardo Disc A015

    1. Guy Lombardo 721231 New Years Eve Party At Waldorf Astoria

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