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Guy Lombardo Orchestra Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles

GUY LOMBARDO ORCHESTRA
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The Guy Lombardo Orchestra, also known as The Royal Canadians, was an internationally celebrated Canadian-American dance band. Formed in 1924 in Cleveland, Ohio, by Guy Lombardo and his brothers, the band is most widely remembered for almost a half-century of New Year's Eve big band remotes, first on radio, then on television.

Guy Lombardo served as the leader and conductor of the orchestra, and his brothers, Carmen, Lebert, and Victor, were integral members. They popularized what came to be known as the "sweet" style of swing music, a less improvisational and softer variant that stood in contrast to many of the era's hot jazz bands. The orchestra had its first hit record in 1927 with "Charmaine". This success led to a contract with the Brunswick record label, and later with Columbia and then Decca, resulting in several chart-topping records. "Auld Lang Syne", a traditional Scottish song played as a waltz, became synonymous with the Lombardo Orchestra, and their rendition is often played to celebrate the New Year in English-speaking countries.

Despite Guy Lombardo's death in 1977, the orchestra continued under the direction of his brother, Victor, until his death in 1979. Later, it was under the leadership of Art Mooney, a band member, until 1989. They had over 500 hits and sold over 100 million records in their career. Their music has been included in numerous film soundtracks and continues to be played at New Year's Eve celebrations.

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