Lombardo formed the Royal Canadians in with his brothers CarmenLebert and Victorand other musicians from his hometown. They billed themselves as creating "the sweetest music this side of Heaven.
His father, who had worked as a tailor, was an amateur singer with a baritone voice and had four of his five sons learn to play instruments so they could accompany him.
Lombardo and his brothers formed their first orchestra while still in grammar school and rehearsed in the back of their father's tailor shop. After that solitary Gennett session, they recorded two sessions for Brunswick ; a rejected session in Cleveland in lateand an issued session for Vocalion in early The band then signed to Columbia and recorded prolifically between and In earlythey signed to Brunswick and continued their success through when they signed to Decca — They then signed to Victor in later and stayed until the middle of when again they signed to Decca.
InLombardo became a naturalized Darker Side Of Blue - Tal Bachman - Tal Bachman of the United States. Although Lombardo's "sweet" big-band music was viewed by some in the jazz and big-band community of the day as "boring, mainstream pap," trumpeter Louis Armstrong regularly named Lombardo's band his favorite orchestra.
Lombardo is remembered for almost a half-century of New Year's Eve big band remotes, first on radio, then on television. Live broadcasts and later telecasts of their performances were a large part of New Year's celebrations across North America; millions of people watched the show with friends at house parties.
Because of this popularity, Lombardo was called "Mr. New Year's Eve". Although CBS carried most of the Lombardo New Year's specials, there were a few years in the late s and early s when the special was syndicated live to individual TV stations instead of broadcast on a network. By the middle s, the Lombardo TV show was facing competition, especially for younger viewers, from Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Evebut Lombardo remained famous among viewers, especially older ones.
The Royal Canadians' recording of the traditional song " Auld Lang Syne " still plays as the first song of the new year in Times Square. Lombardo and his orchestra were part of the film Many Happy Returns. Goodbar starring Diane Keaton. Lombardo was also an important figure in hydroplane speedboat racing, winning the Gold Cup in in his record-breaking speedboat, Tempo VIdesigned and built by John L.
From toLombardo was the reigning U. Before his retirement from the sport in the late s, he had won every trophy in the field. In he was inducted into the Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame for his accomplishments. Pools Corporation. The endeavor was short-lived and ended in with the closure of Skagit Plastics. Lombardo became a promoter and musical director of Jones Beach Marine Theater. The venue was built with him in mind by Robert Mosesa fan of Lombardo. His final production there was the staging of Finian's Rainbow with Christopher Hewett in the title role.
On November 5,Lombardo died of a fatal heart attack. Another source says he died "of a lung ailment. Victor Lombardo took over the band briefly but could not maintain it. When Lebert Lombardo severed his ties inthe group dissolved. The orchestra was later revived in by Al Pierson, playing a mix of nostalgic tunes and modern arrangements. Lombardo was featured on a postage stamp issued on December 17,as part of Canada Post 's Millennium Collection. A plaque to the Lombardos has been moved from the exterior wall of the Labatt Retail Store at Richmond and Horton streets in London to the store's entranceway off the parking lot, denoting the Guy Lombardo And His Royal Canadians - The Sweetest Waltzes This Side Of Heaven of a subsequent home of the Lombardos.
In Septemberlacking visitors and funding, the museum was closed. City staff recommended that the Guy Lombardo And His Royal Canadians - The Sweetest Waltzes This Side Of Heaven not be reopened. Lebert Lombardo's children also have an extensive collection of artifacts, including photographs, record albums, sheet music, awards, and the band's framed first paycheck from in their homes and storage units in Fort Myers and SanibelFlorida. They have tried to donate the collection to various universities and museums but have had no takers.
The Library of Congress has a collection of Lombardo films. Before the start of Billboard magazine's top 40 charts inLombardo had over hits from —, including twenty-one No. The following singles made the "Top Ten" of the American Billboard singles charts from —  . The following appeared on the Columbia Records label:. The following appeared on the Brunswick Records label:. The following appeared on the Decca Records label:.
Decca:   . Vocalion : . From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Guy Lombardo. Music portal Canada portal. Retrieved 4 August The New York Times. Retrieved 4 July California, Van Nuys. Valley News. October 7, Auld Acquaintance.
University of California Press Online. Louis Armstrong often referred to Guy Lombardo's Royal Canadians as his favorite band, but this fact is rarely cited and almost never pursued. Critics and historians who celebrate African American music tend to dismiss Lombardo's music as boring, mainstream pap, unworthy to be treated alongside the masterpieces of Armstrong or Duke Ellington. Thus, while celebrating Armstrong, they ignore his musical opinion—and that of the public, which made Lombardo's orchestra the most popular dance band not only of white America, but also at Harlem's Savoy Ballroom.
How have such prejudices affected our Elevation - U2 - U218 Singles of the past? How has our understanding of black musicians been limited by an insistence that they fit modern definitions of hipness or authenticity?
Acknowledging the smoother roots of jazz". Jazz Research Journal. Though Guy Lombardo and the Royal Canadians were always considered the sweetest of American dance bands and the antithesis of what is usually called jazz, Louis Armstrong regularly named them as his favorite orchestra. This judgment is usually dismissed as an odd quirk, but by exploring it we can learn something about what made Armstrong unique. In broader terms, we cannot understand the evolution of jazz if we do not explore the deep African-American classical tradition and the extent to which artists like Armstrong and Lombardo shared a single world, and appealed to a broadly overlapping audience.
Sweet orchestras and classical concert music, rather than being the opposite of jazz, were among the many inspirations Calling Out Of Context - Arthur Russell - Calling Out Of Context Armstrong and his peers, and our understanding and appreciation of these musicians is increased when we realize the breadth of their interests. Rewind with Michael Enright. Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
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