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18 July 2023

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Guy Lombardo: Louis Armstrong’s Favourite Band

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Guy Lombardo Canadian and American bandleader of the ‘sweetest music this side of heaven’, violinist, hydroplane racer and leader of Louis Armstrong’s favourite orchestra is this week’s Phantom Dancer feature artist.

The Phantom Dancer is your weekly non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio and TV every week.

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GAETANO

Gaetano Alberto Lombardo, stage name Guy Lombardo, formed the Royal Canadians in 1924, when he made his first records, with his brothers CarmenLebert and Victor, and other musicians from his hometown. They billed themselves as creating “the sweetest music this side of Heaven.”

The Lombardos sold between 100 and 300 million records during their lifetimes, many featuring the band’s lead singer from 1940 onward, Kenny Gardner.

After their Gennett session, the Guy Lombardo recorded two sessions for Brunswick; a rejected session in Cleveland in late 1926, and an issued session for Vocalion in early 1927.

The band then signed to Columbia and recorded prolifically between 1927 and 1931.

In early 1932, they signed to Brunswick and continued their success through 1934 when they signed to Decca (1934–35).

They then signed to Victor in later 1935 and stayed until the middle of 1938 when again they signed to Decca. In 1938, Lombardo became a naturalized citizen of the United States. Between 1941 and 1948, their sister Rose Marie, the youngest of seven siblings, joined the Royal Canadians as the band’s first and possibly only female vocalist.

LOMBARDO

After Guy Lombardo’s death in 1977, his surviving brothers Victor and Lebert took over the Royal Canadians, though Victor left the band early in 1978 over creative differences. From 1980 the name was franchised out to various band leaders.

Lebert died in 1993, passing rights to the band name to three of his six children. The band was revived in 1989 by Al Pierson and remained active.

NEW YEAR’S EVE

Lombardo is remembered for almost a half-century of New Year’s Eve big band remotes, first on radio, then on television.

His orchestra played at the Roosevelt Grill in the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City from 1929 (“radio’s first nationwide New Year’s Eve broadcast” which popularized Auld Lang Syne) to 1959.

From 1959 to 1976 Guy Lombardo played at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel. 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”.

The band’s first New Year’s Eve radio broadcast was in 1929; within a few years, they were heard live on the CBS Radio Network before midnight Eastern Time, then on the NBC Radio Network after midnight.

On December 31, 1956, the Lombardo band did their first New Year’s TV special on CBS; the program (and Lombardo’s 20 subsequent New Year’s Eve TV shows) included a live segment from Times Square.

Although CBS carried most of the Lombardo New Year’s specials, from 1965 to 1970, the special was syndicated live to individual TV stations instead of broadcast on a network. After Lombardo’s death, the band’s New Year’s specials continued for two more years on CBS.

The Royal Canadians’ recording of “Auld Lang Syne” still plays as the first song of the new year in Times Square.

RADIO, TV and MOVIES

On radio, from June 14, 1953, Guy Lombardo and his orchestra had Guy Lombardo Time, the summer replacement for Jack Benny.

In 1954, Lombardo briefly hosted a half-hour syndicated series called The Guy Lombardo Show, and in 1956 Lombardo hosted a show on CBS for three months called Guy Lombardo’s Diamond Jubilee.

Guy Lombardo played himself in the hit series Route 66 in the 1963 episode “But What Do You Do in March?”

In 1975, Lombardo played himself again, in the first regular episode of Ellery Queen, “The Adventure of Auld Lang Syne,” which was set at a Dec. 31, 1946 New Year’s Eve gathering.

Lombardo and his orchestra were part of the 1934 film Many Happy Returns. He made a cameo appearance in the 1970 film The Phynx. Clips of his own show appeared in the 1977 film Looking for Mr. Goodbar starring Diane Keaton.

18 July PLAY LIST

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107.3 2SER Tuesday 18 July 2023
12:04 – 2:00pm (+10 hours GMT)
National Program
5UV Adelaide Monday 2:30 – 3:30am
5GTR Mt Gambier Monday 2:30 – 3:30am
3MBR Murrayville Monday 3 – 4am
4NAG Keppel FM Monday 3 – 4am
2MIA Griffith Monday 3 – 4am
2BAR Edge FM Bega Monday 3 – 4am
2BRW Braidwood Monday 3 – 4am
2YYY Young Monday 3 – 4am
3VKV Alpine Radio Monday 6 – 7pm
7MID Oatlands Monday 3am – 4 and 6 -7pm
2MCE Bathurst Wednesday 9 – 10am
1ART ArtsoundFM Canberra Friday 10 – 11am
and Sunday 11pm
Reading Radio (QLD) Friday 1am – 2
2RRR Ryde Friday 11am – 12
2ARM Armidale Friday 12 – 1pm
5LCM Lofty FM Adelaide Friday 1 – 2pm
6GME Radio Goolarri Broome Saturday 4am – 5am
Denmark FM (West Australia) Saturday 10 – 11am
Repeat: Wednesdays 10 – 11pm
7LTN Launceston Sunday 5 – 6am
3MGB Mallacoota Sunday 5 – 6am
3BBR West Gippsland Sunday 5 – 6pm
2SEA Sapphire Coast Eden Sunday 9 – 10pm

Set 1
Duke Ellington
Take the A Train (theme) + Downbeat Shuffle
Duke Ellington Orchestra
‘Date with the Duke’
Boston
WJZ ABC NYC
14 Jun 1945
Esquire Swank
Duke Ellington Orchestra
‘Date with the Duke’
Boston
WJZ ABC NYC
14 Jun 1945
Metronome All Out
Duke Ellington Orchestra
‘Date with the Duke’
Boston
WJZ ABC NYC
14 Jun 1945
Set 2
Morning Radio
Open + The Victory Polka
The Early Birds Orchestra
‘The Early Birds’
WFAA Dallas
29 Apr 1953
I’ll Get By
The Early Birds Orchestra (voc) Lyn Hoyt
‘The Early Birds’
WFAA Dallas
29 Apr 1953
Aurora Tropicale
The Early Birds Orchestra
‘The Early Birds’
WFAA Dallas
29 Apr 1953
Ful Moon and Empty Arms
The Early Birds Orchestra  (voc) George Kent
‘The Early Birds’
WFAA Dallas
29 Apr 1953
Set 3
Guy Lombardo
Java
Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians
‘Treasury Show’
Port-o-Call
WDAE CBS St Peterberg FL
14 Mar 1964
Favourite Five Medley
Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians
‘Musical Autographs’
AFRS Re-broadcast
11 Sep 1946
Alley Cat
Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians (The Twin Pianos)‘New Year’s Dancing Party’
Imperial Room
Hotel Americana
WCBS CBS NYC
1 Jan 1963
You’ll Never Miss the Water till the Well Runs Dry
Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians (voc) Cliff Grass
‘Musical Autographs’
AFRS Re-broadcast
18 Sep 1946
Medley: Easter Parade + Auld Lang Syne
Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians
‘Treasury Show’
Port-o-Call
WDAE CBS St Peterberg FL
14 Mar 1964
Set 4
Fred Waring
Sleep (theme) + Doin’ the Prom
Fred Waring and his Pennsylvanians (voc) Glee Club
‘Ford Show’
WEAF NBC Red NYC
10 Apr 1936
Some of These Days
Fred Waring and his Pennsylvanians (voc) Stella and the Fellas
‘Ford Show’
WEAF NBC Red NYC
10 Apr 1936
Easter Parade
Fred Waring and his Pennsylvanians (voc) Tom and the Glee Club
‘Ford Show’
WEAF NBC Red NYC
10 Apr 1936
Sleep (theme)
Fred Waring and his Pennsylvanians
‘Ford Show’
WEAF NBC Red NYC
10 Apr 1936
Set 5
Raymond Scott Orchestra
Pretty Little Petticoat (theme) + Huckleberry Duck
Raymond Scott Orchestra
Panther Room
Hotel Sherman
WMAQ NBC Red Chicago
1940
The Beard
Raymond Scott Orchestra
Radio Transcription
1944
Moonlight Mood
Raymond Scott Orchestra
WABC CBS NYC
10 Jan 1943
Four Beat Shuffle + Pretty Little Petticoat (theme)
Raymond Scott Orchestra
Panther Room
Hotel Sherman
WMAQ NBC Red Chicago
1940
Set 6
Artie Shaw
Nightmare (theme) + Hindustan
Artie Shaw Orchestra
‘Spotlight Bands’
Mutual Network
Santa Barbara Ca
10 Oct 1946
Love Walked In
Artie Shaw Orchestra
‘Spotlight Bands’
Mutual Network
Santa Barbara Ca
10 Oct 1946
Can’t You Read Between the Lines
Artie Shaw Orchestra (voc) Imogene Lynn
‘Spotlight Bands’
Mutual Network
Santa Barbara Ca
10 Oct 1946
IThe Glider
Artie Shaw Orchestra
‘Spotlight Bands’
Mutual Network
Santa Barbara Ca
10 Oct 1946
Set 7
Boogie Woogie
Want to Boogie Some More
Merlene Johnson
Comm Rec
Chicago
7 Dec 1939
Drum Boogie
Gene Krupa Orchestra‘New Year’s Dancing Party’
AFRS Hollywood
31 Dec 1945
Bully Wully Boogie
Hadda Brooks
Comm Rec
Los Angeles
1946
Pete Brown’s Boogie
Pete Brown Quintette
Comm Rec
New York City
11 Jul 1944
Set 8
Modern Jazz
Groovin’ for NatDizzy Gillespie Orchestra
Birdland
WCBS CBS NYC
Jul 1956
Whisper Not
Dizzy Gillespie Orchestra
Birdland
WCBS CBS NYC
Jul 1956
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