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Guy Lombardo


Auld Lang Syne

Guy Lombardo

Guy Lombardo (June 19, 1902 – November 5, 1977) was born in London, Ontario.

The popular American bandleader who added the phrase “the sweetest music this side of heaven” to the common vernacular. Known for his traditional New Year’s Eve musical program, which ran from 1929 through 1976.

One of seven children of a musically minded tailor, Lombardo and his brothers began playing gigs while still in school. In 1934, Lombardo signed with Decca Records, an association that would last more than twenty years and sell over 100 million records. The band traveled at least 60,000 miles a year for engagements at colleges and small towns. In addition to his music, Lombardo was an avid speed-boat racer and was the national champion 1946–49.