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Bandleader Violinist

Gaetano Alberto "Guy" Lombardo (June 19, 1902 – November 5, 1977) was a Canadian-American bandleader and violinist. Wikipedia

Age: 75 (age at death)
Born: 19th June, 1902, London, Ontario
Died: 5th November, 1977, Houston, Texas
Height: 5' 4" (163 cm)
Nationality: Canadian
Claim to Fame: Theme Song: Auld Lang Syne, Yearly New Year`s Eve Show

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Best known for his almost half-century of live New Year`s Eve broadcasts (1929 - 1976) on radio and, later, TV, intitially from the Roosevelt Hotel and, later, the Waldorf-Astoria.

 

Adopted his theme, "Auld Lang Syne", not because of its New Year`s Eve association, but in deference to his first national sponsor, Robert Burns Cigars. Burns is thought to have written at least the verse of "Auld Lang Syne."

 

[On the unchanging nature of his music] It`s very easy to get away from the thing that made you successful, but the important thing is to keep on doing what people tell you they like. Don`t fool the public.

 

On his strict-tempo arrangements that aroused the ire of some swing fans: "I don`t play for acrobats."

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