Join us on Wednesday, June 28th for CKNX Night at the Blyth Festival featuring MR. NEW YEAR’S EVE: A night with Guy Lombardo
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MR. NEW YEAR’S EVE: A night with Guy Lombardo
For forty-eight consecutive years Guy Lombardo was North America’s “Mr. New Year’s Eve,” bandleader of the biggest holiday broadcast on the continent. Together with his band “The Royal Canadians,” Lombardo sold more than 300 million records internationally. To this day, they still play his recording of Auld Lang Syne as the official ball drops on the annual festivities in New York’s Times Square.
A son of Italian immigrants, Guy was born and raised in London, Ontario, but it was his summers playing the biggest beach bandstand in Huron County’s Grand Bend, where this local musical titan cut his teeth and learned to play both his many instruments and the teeming crowds.
Though his own father adamantly opposed Guy’s love of Jazz, and Canadian radio stations showed active disinterest, Guy’s dedication to his craft was all consuming, and no obstacle could block his path to his dreams. Friend and influential colleague of some of the biggest names in show biz, including Louis Armstrong, Sophie Tucker, the Andrew Sisters, Al Jolson, Bing Crosby, and others, Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians blazed a path from Huron County to the Big Apple the likes of which has never been seen, before or since.