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Subject: June 19, 1902 HAPPY BIRTHDAY
Date: Sun, 19 Jun 2005 11:20:32 EDT


Gaetano 'Guy' Lombardo 1902-1977
band leader, born at London, Ontario; died in Houston, Texas Nov. 5, 1977;
1923 went to Cleveland in with a group of London-area musicians, including his
brothers Carmen (1903-1971) and Lebert (1903-1993) on trumpet; by the
following year, the band was being billed as the Royal Canadians; 1929-62 his New
Year's Eve radio and TV broadcasts from the Roosevelt Grill in New York were
a traditional part of holiday celebrations; during his 42 year career playing
'the sweetest music this side of heaven', Lombardo and His Royal Canadians
composed over 300 songs and sold more than 300 million recordings, including
three million sellers, Humoresque (1946), Easter Parade (1947) and the Third
Man Theme (1950). With brother Carmen on lead saxophone and Lebert on Trumpet,
Lombardo's theme song was Auld Lang Syne, played for his annual New Year's
Eve broadcasts.

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