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The Royal Canadians at the Waldorf Astoria, playing their particular sounding "Auld Lang Syne" on TV, filled every New Year's Eve at our house when I was a kid. I can't hear it without flashing on Guy Lombardo's face or hearing his voice in my head.
Can't see or hear him without tasting smoked fish. That was the routine at my grandparents' house for my first 12 New Year's Eves: Guy Lombardo and pickled herring. Not so bad, really.
"Give this son of a gun eight stars! Lombardo! These people are keeping music alive, helping to fight them damn beboppers. You know, you got to have somebody to keep that music sounding good. Music doesn't mean a thing unless it sounds good. You know, this is the band that inspired me to make 'Among My Souvenirs'. They inspired me to make 'Sweethearts On Parade'. They're my inspirators!"-- Louis ArmstrongHe had a point.
Say what you want about Lombardo, he was one of the few Canadian bands from the Thirties and Forties to actually make it or even record commercially. I have some 78s of "Mart Kenny and his Western Gentlemen" but beyond that there isn't much. There were some great Canadian Bands (including Bob Farnon's Canadian Army Band of the Allied Expeditionary Force) that we only really know about from radio air checks or amateur recordings which have been dug up by truly dedicated fans.
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