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GUY LOMBARDO:
Canadian-born U.S. bandleader
(born June 19, 1902, London, Ont., Can. — died Nov.
5, 1977, Houston, Texas, U.S.)
Available on this DVD-R compilation


WHEN WE DANCED”.
Guy Lombardo's music and life story is
showcased in TWO great programs. The above named Canadian CBC 1998
special which takes the Lombardo story to where he reaches
major stardom, along with the 1994 TV Special
”NEW YEARS EVE WITH GUY LOMBARDO” (hosted by
Gavin MacLeod)
You get a very insightful presentation of
the noted band-leader, now sadly fading from some people’s
memory, but a legend in many ways. His name was
synonymous with New Year's Eve; Auld Lang Syne was his signature
song.
Narrating the 'When We Danced" biography of the
bandleader and his Royal Canadians is Oscar nominee Roy Schieder
("All That Jazz," "French Connection"). For decades it was a
tradition for millions to celebrate the New Year with Guy Lombardo
and the Royal Canadians. TV legend Steve Allen says in this
documentary, "What Santa Claus is to Christmas, Guy Lombardo is to
New Year's Eve."

‘Guy Lombardo: When We Danced’
features rare home movies and interviews with Steve Allen,
Lombardo's surviving siblings (including bro. in law and lead
vocalist Kenny Gardner) , and former members of the Royal
Canadians. This program brings back the warm memories and
great music that led the show business bible, Variety, to observe
that Lombardo was "the only Canadian ever to create an American
tradition." (30 minutes)
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The second offering
with the Guy Lombardo Orchestra performing live
from NY city’s Waldorf Astoria Hotel Ballroom is under the
baton of new leader AL PIERSON with songstress
Rosemary Loar, crooner Ty Lemly, the twin
pianos and others present many of the groups great hits and
favorites. There are many clips from earlier broadcasts.
GAVIN MacLEOD hosts and the Orchestra presents 'The Sweetest
Music This Side Of Heaven' for the fans and dancers attenting
this nostalgic occasion. (55 min)
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An additional
40 minute segment (AUDIO ONLY) has highlights
from one of the Lombardo orchestra’s
near-last traditional ‘New Year’s
Eve’ broadcasts from December 31 st 1971.
The guests include Bobby Rydell ( teen idol) and
Shani Wallis (British film and stage musical
star).
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HERE ARE SOME OF THE MUSICAL NUMBERS:
Boo Hoo - Powder Your Face With Sunshine-
Johnson Rag-
When My Baby Walks Down the Street-Canadian
Sunset-
Million Dollar Baby-South Rampart Street
Parade-Enjoy Yourself-
Hello Dolly-That's A Plenty-Sweethearts
On Parade-
Little Coquette-I Want To Be Happy-Four Leaf
Clover-
Happy Days Are Here Again-September
Song-Frankie and Johnny-
Seems Like Old Times-Embraceable You-Auld
Lang Syne.
AND THESE ARE IN THE AUDIO 1971
BROADCAST:
Give My Regards To Broadway/
Sidewalks Of New York/
Lullaby Of Broadway-Country Roads-Love
Story-Enjoy Yourself-
South Rampart Street Parade-
Maple Leaf Rag-
Alouette/Mexican Hat Dance-Harper Valley
PTA-
High Society-Boo Hoo-Show Me The Way To Go
Home-Auld Lang Syne-
(Bobby Rydell):
Wild One/Volare
(Shani Wallis ):
Let the Sunshine In/Nobody Knows the
Trouble I've Seen/Gonna Build A Mountain..more-
As Long As He Needs Me.-
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ADDITIONAL INFO: Canadian-born U.S. bandleader. He
trained as a violinist and in 1917 formed his band, the Royal
Canadians. They began broadcasting nationally from Chicago in 1927,
and from 1929 he was the winter attraction at New York City's
Roosevelt Grill, a booking repeated for more than 30 years. He
later moved to the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, continuing the famous New
Year's Eve broadcasts, begun in 1954, that climaxed with "Auld Lang
Syne." Though derided by critics as the "king of corn," Lombardo
gained long-lasting popularity by conducting what was billed as
"the sweetest music this side of heaven."
An immigrant's son, raised in London,
Ontario, Lombardo went on to sell over 200 million records,
recorded 1000 songs (with 250 hits), and played alongside Bing
Crosby, Al Jolson, and Kate Smith. He performed at Inaugural
Balls for seven U.S. presidents, and is credited with helping
launch the careers of George Burns and Gracie Allen. For 47
years, the band played at New York's Waldorf Astoria and Roosevelt
hotels and jazz giant Louis Armstrong called the Royal Canadians
his favorite band..

Since the death of Lombardo in 1977, the playing of Auld Lang Syne at the stroke of midnight has become a tradition as it is performed by various bands before enthusiastic audiences throughout the world. Those who look back, remember that distinctive recognizable style - the exaggerated saxophone vibratos, the clipped brass phrases, and a vocal styling that immediately identifies the orchestra as Guy Lombardo's. Guy was a master at picking the exact correct tempo, and his steady succession of beats made it a real pleasure to take your partner out for a swing on the dance floor.

It was a wonderful band. If you could move your legs at all, you could dance to the music of Guy Lombardo. It was the kind of band that you could just sit and listen to with friends as it never played so loud you couldn't hear to carry on a conversation. Besides their signature song Auld Lang Syne, the most important ingredient of the Guy Lombardo Orchestra was its consistency in playing wonderful tunes like Seems Like Old Times, Boo Hoo, Coquette, Sweethearts on Parade and Ain't She Sweet, all written by Carmen Lombardo. Johnson Rag, Bye Bye Blues, and Enjoy Yourself are also some of its recognizable tunes.

Click here for MORE BIO info at
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guy_Lombardo
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