Young Canada Singers featuring the Craddock Singers. Fantastic little piece of Canadiana, eh?
You all know I’m a proud Canadian, eh?
And a fabulous double Canadian feature with the one and only Guy Lombardo. This may not seem a big deal to anyone but me – but I did win first place in an elementary School Science Fair for my project on the local Guy Lombardo bridge, museum and his orchestra. The bridge was near my childhood home in London, Ontario. Whether he sucks or not (much like my fondness for Lawrence Welk…) my Nana used to listen to these records, therefore they are keepers and I love them. New Years has a few Guy albums up her sleeve. You just wait. Let’s see what we can find on these keepers.
wow! here’s a link where you can purchase the first album for $14 US. lol. click here
Gaetano Alberto “Guy” Lombardo (June 19, 1902 – November 5, 1977) was a Canadian–American bandleader and violinist. Forming “The Royal Canadians” in 1924 with his brothers Carmen, Lebert, and Victor and other musicians from his hometown, Lombardo led the group to international success, billing themselves as creating “The Sweetest Music This Side of Heaven.” The Lombardos are believed to have sold between 100 and 300 million phonograph records during their lifetime.
Lombardo was born in London, Ontario to Italian-Canadian immigrants, Gaetano Sr. and Lena Lombardo. His father, who had immigrated toCanada from Italy and 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. Lombardo first performed in public with his brother Carmen at a church lawn party in London in 1914
- Knocked-out Guy Lombardo bridge the cause (lfpress.com)