Born in London,
Ontario CANADA on June 19, 1902, Guy Lombardo went on to become the most
popular band leader on the American music scene. His ensemble, The Royal
Canadians, sold at least 100 million records. Between 1929 and 1952 there
wasn't a single year that a Lombardo record didn't chart - 21 of them
at number one. He is arguably the most successful entertainer to come
out of Canada - ever.
The Guy Lombardo Story
One: A Bunch of Kid Musicians 1902-1923
Part Two: An American Success Story
Part Three: I Never Get Bored Playing
Lombardo: The Adventures of Guy's Musical Brother
Lebert Lombardo: The Third Guy
Is Your Life, Guy Lombardo! The 1949 Radio Profile
Violin: A Study of his Unsuccessful Career as a Fiddler
Fastest Driver This Side of Hades: Guy's Need for Speed
Gold Cup Crash of 1948: A Close Escape for Lombardo
1937 Flood Benefit Concert: Guy's Greatest Gift to London
1967 Centennial Hall Concert: Guy's Worst
Jones Beach Spectaculars: A Port in a Musical Storm
Boo Hoo! Londoners Who Hate Lombardo
Master's Editorial on Guy's 100th birthday
Guy Lombardo on Record
First Recording: The 1924 Gennett Session
great stars who guested with Guy on wax.
Guy Lombardo on Film
appreciation of Guy's brief but varied career in Hollywood.
A Virtual Tour: Guy Lombardo's
look at some of the dance halls, movie theatre and clubs that helped make
Guy Lombardo famous during his formative years in London.
Lombardo and His Royal Canadians: The Timeless Collection has made its
debut on CD in time for the 100th birthday of the maestro. This collection
of 20 tracks features some of the band's greatest hits, including Boo
Hoo, Sweethearts on Parade and (need we mention?) Auld Lang Syne.
It's available for $25 through
The Friends of Lombardo, P.O. Box 58, Lambeth Station, London, Ontario,
N6P 1P9. The price includes shipping and handling.
Guy Lombardo Audio Clips
New Year, 1946!
Armed Forces Radio
Service broadcast from The Roosevelt Grill in New York City. Funny thing,
Guy doesn't sound like himself. Could the whole thing be a fake?
is Your Life!
Guy Lombardo is the surprised
guest on NBC Radio's This Is Your Life which chronicles the life of the
London-born bandleader. The discs for this long-lost 1949 program were
recently discovered by Doty Docs and lovingly restored by Peter Nagy of
Dawn of Sound.
Guy Lombardo Video Clips
performs for Londoners as part of the city's centennial, July 1955
The Royal Canadian play during "Guy Lombardo Day" as London,
Ontario marks 100 years as a city. Great shots show the Lombardo conducting
The Lombardos dedicate a plaque to their childhood home, July 1959
Labatt's makes great beer - but they tore down the house where Guy honed
his craft as a young boy! Well, at least Guy was a good enough sport to
unveil an historic marker at the site of new retail brewskie store. Let's
hope they gave him a case of Blue for his trouble...
reflects on his father's influence on his career, June 1971
Segment from a very nice convocation address Guy gave to some University
of Western Ontario grads. He reflects on his upbringing, his father and
why on earth a high school drop-out should receive an honourary degree.
Guy explains why he likes London so much,
Guy came home to promote his autobiography: Auld Aquaintance. In between
signing copies for old biddies he was interviewed by newsman Jack Burghardt
on his London roots.
Guy Lombardo Web Sites
Lombardo to Retire
Say it ain't so, Guy! Reprint of a 1957 article by columnist Robert W.
Dana breaks the news that The Royal Canadians will be leaving The Roosevelt
Grill in New York City, their wintertime home for almost 30 years. As
things worked out, Guy didn't leave the place until 1962 and didn't stop
conducting until his death.
For those of you who want to see the absolute end of the story. Photos
of Guy's grave at Pinelawn Memorial Park, New York. It's also the burial
site of his younger brother Lebert.
Day the Music Died
In-depth report by
journalist Jonathan Sher about the recent legal fiasco surrounding London's
Guy Lombardo Music Centre. More mesmerizing than a car accident - but
just as tragic.
Guy Lombardo Society
Clearing house for
all things Lombardo offers some good links and allows you to share your
obsession with other Royal Canadian fans through the club newsletter.
Unfortunately, the design of the site needs a major overhaul.