Not every son and daughter of London shares Doty Docs' enthusiasm for Guy Lombardo. There are a (mercifully) small number of malcontents who have taken pot shots at the maestro and his boys over the years. This page is disrespectfully dedicated to them.
Performance Lacks Old Magic
Anyway, I was disappointed by them Saturday night when they played to a packed Alumni Hall - the 11 instrumentalists, Kenny Gardener who just sits when he isn't singing, and Guy who conducts with baton which he treats like a riding crop when the music stops. - L.C., London
An Imaginary Conversation
with Guy Lombardo
Interviewer: I'm puzzled by some of the more technical aspects of your music. I've read in music magazines that your sax section plays out of tune. Is this true?
Lombardo: It is, but that's also part of the formula. You see, most people sing off key and we figure that we could capitalize on this phenomenon if we could give them a sound that was easy to identify with because of its basic out-of-tune nature.
Interviewer: What about the rhythm of your music? It seems you play everything in the same tempo and with the same choppy beat.
Lombardo: We played for years on the east coast and around New York and we found that most of our elderly followers were rich but couldn't dance. A lot of these older gentlemen were in the First World War and had a lot of military marching under their belt so they had no trouble at all adapting to our beat. The other day my brother Lebert hit a high C for the first time. Well, we can't have that sort of thing: people will think we are trying to copy Stan Kenton or something.
Interviewer: One more thing, Mr. Lombardo, have you had any regrets in your 40 or so years in the music business?
Lombardo: Yes, only one and that is that I have never won a Down Beat award. - M. R., London
Not a Lombardo Fan
It will be a special event where sometime during the course of the evening Guy will be awarded an honorary degree for having completed his second lesson in music.
Also Guy will be given a copy of the book "A Conductor's Hand Guide" written and autographed by Lawrence Welk. The department of the interior will also be honoring Mr. Lombardo with a baton from the "petrified" forest. - D. C., London
The mother of my child, a 25-year-old, who digs Guy Lombardo's music, was astounded as I set out to review the bandleader's Royal Canadians in concert at Alumni Hall Tuesday night.
"You can't go to a Guy Lombardo concert dressed like that," she snapped. I was wearing a denim jacket and jeans purchased earlier in the day at a downtown department store. "It's just not appropriate. If I was going with you I'd be embarrassed to be seen with you."
I dredged up a more conventional
suit and went out looking like an insurance agent. So there I was a Alumni
Hall, a rock-folk music critic incognito, trying to be objective about
an area of music I find bland.