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Here’s an interesting little piece. It comes from an A & E Biography on Arthur Godfrey. It provides a good basic telling of the story surrounding the La Rosa dismissal by Godfrey. It should be noted, however, that as writer Gene Lees brought up with Julius La Rosa during one of their many discussions over […]

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Julius La Rosa is not well-remembered these days and that’s a shame because he was one of the greatest of all the vocal interpreters of The Great American Songbook. Not only that but he was also one of the most knowledgeable vocalists when it came to the history, backgrounds and accomplishments of the great songwriters […]

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That ephemeral something called star quality – if there ever was living proof that it’s real, that proof is Julius La Rosa. Watch La Rosa in a nightclub, singing masterfully, magnificently, and you’ll appreciate star quality. It’s the thing that’s missing. Roy Hemming & David Hajdu, Discovering Great Singers of Classic Pop, 1991 That quote […]

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Dinah Shore was a favorite of my mom. She was, no doubt, a favorite of more than a few dads in America as well. I know some were a little turned off by her sugary sweetness but, the truth is, that’s who she was! I’ve known two people who worked with Dinah Shore and knew¬†her […]

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For St. Patrick’s Day, I posted a series of entertaining “Pats” and finished with some Irish themed music. We shall do the same today for St. Joseph and my paesani. As baseball season is less than three weeks away and the following gentleman was one of the most important “Joes” in the history of the […]

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I could have featured Nat King Cole last week for Musical Friday but went with the Crosby golf theme instead. Nevertheless, I want to get a tribute in for NKC before the month of February is out. It was 50 years ago this month, February 15, 1965, that Nat King Cole died at the age […]

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Today is the 84th birthday of singer Julius La Rosa. Best known for the folkloric little ditty, “Eh Cumpari,” La Rosa was actually one of the finest interpreters the Great American Songbook ever had. He was one of the very few vocalists who had the gift of Sinatra or Holiday for singing the lyrics of […]

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I was so sorry to have heard this morning of the passing of Eydie Gorme. I said on my radio show this afternoon that I think Eydie Gorme was one of the most underrated vocalists in the history of the Great American Songbook. In fact, I would probably put her as the #1 most underrated […]

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Hey! Did I mention I host a radio show? Well, I don’t really . . . I actually host TWO radio shows, back-to-back. The shows run on Jazz 90.1 FM in Rochester, New York every Sunday from Noon until 3:30 p.m., Eastern time. You can listen in live via the magical internet. Just click onto […]

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