Guy Lombardo & Kenny Gardner – Five Foot Two, Eyes Of Blue
Guy Lombardo & His Royal Canadians with Vocal Chorus by Kenny Gardner and Lombardo Trio – Five Foot Two, Eyes Of Blue, Decca c.1940 (Australian pressing)
NOTE: Kenny Gardner (b. 1913 in Lake View, Iowa – d. 2002 in Manhasset, New York) American singer for Guy Lombardo’s band His Royal Canadians, which he joined in 1940. While in the band, he took time out to serve in World War II, where he was wounded and earned a Purple Heart. After retiring in 1978, a year after Guy Lombardo died, Kenny settled in Plandome, New York.
The photoshow presents some of the glamorous American film stars of the 1940s.
Guy Lombardo, Kate Smith, vocal – Too Late (1931)
Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians were one of the most successful big bands of all time.
Kathryn Elizabeth “Kate” Smith (1907 — 1986) was an American singer, best known for her rendition of Irving Berlin’s “God Bless America”. Smith had a radio, television, and recording career spanning five decades, which reached its pinnacle in the 1940s. She began making records in 1926; among her biggest hits were “Too Late” (1931), “The Woodpecker Song” (1940), “The White Cliffs of Dover” (1941), “Rose O’Day” (1941), “I Don’t Want to Walk Without You” (1942), “There Goes That Song Again” (1944), “Seems Like Old Times” (1946), and “Now Is the Hour” (1947). Her theme song was “When the Moon Comes Over the Mountain”, the lyrics of which she helped write. Her overweight figure was the occasional butt of derision from fellow performers and managers.