Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians
There are some really interesting folks in my neighbourhood. One particularly interesting fellow is a man named George, who lives at the end of my street. George is in his late 80s; he is a former WWII pilot and he and his wife (who is also in her late 80s) have lived in that house at the end of the street since they were married in the early 1940s. George likes to tell me how the land my house is on used to be a big tomato field. One day this past summer, George stopped to talk for a particularly long conversation. We ended up chatting about wartime music and he told me how he, along with the local townsfolk, had once brought Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians to play in our sleepy little village (this was back in the 40s or 50s). Long story short, I had never heard of Guy Lombardo (have YOU?), but now I'm sort of proud of the fact that there was a famous CANADIAN big band and it once played in our little piece of the map. We are looking into seeing if George and his wife, along with some of our other neighbours, will be able to attend a Wartime music and dance night at a local aviation museum in November. If that pans out, you may hear more about George! In the mean-time, enjoy the sweet sounds of the Royal Canadians, with famous singer Kate Smith's vocals!
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