Guy Lombardo

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Guy Lombardo (London, 1902 — New York, 1977) was an American bandleader of the "Swing Era" of the 1950s and 1960s. Born in London, he emigrated to the United States in 1924, where he formed a musical quartet with three of his brothers; Lombardo, in addition to leading the band, played the violin. They set up shop in the ballroom of the Roosevelt Hotel, New York City, where their music was a staple of New Year's Eve celebrations.

By the 1940s, Lombardo's name had become synonymous with his hit song "Auld Lang Syne", which was annually piped from the Roosevelt ballroom out to Times Square, to the delight of revelers at that iconic New Year's party. In 1943, Lombardo was selected to pull the lever at the first "ball drop" at One Times Square, which quickly became an annual event.

Lombardo was posthumously inducted into both the Long Island Music Hall of Fame (2007)[1] and the Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame (2002).[2]

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  1. Long Island Music Hall of Fame inductees, 2007
  2. Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame inductees (last names beginning with L)

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