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Guy Lombardo was born Geatano Albert Lombardo on June 19th, 1902 in the bustling city of London, Ontario, Canada.  He was the first born of seven children.  He began studying the Violin when he was still a young child.  By the time he reached high school, he and his younger brother Carmen were performing duets (with Carmen on Flute) for various clubs and organizations around London.

In 1924 Guy, Carmen, and their younger brother Lebert, along with several other musicians from the London area, ventured down into the United States by way of Cleveland, Ohio.  They made a stop in Richmond, Indiana and recorded four sides for Gennett Records as "The Lombardo Brothers Orchestra."  They returned home shortly after their first trip to the U.S.

In 1925, they returned to Cleveland and began performing at The Music Box Cafe in Theater Square and other locations throughout the city.  Their popularity began to grow and they received the attention of Wrigley's Chewing Gum, who decided to sponsor a network radio show featuring the orchestra.  The show was scheduled to run for 15 minutes but on the night of the first broadcast, the radio station insisted that Guy and the boys keep playing and the music went well into the night with the broadcast lasting several hours.  When the broadcast began, members of the kitchen staff came out to clap after each number had been played.  By the end of the night the restaurant was so crowded that you couldn't fit another soul into the room.

After their initial success in Cleveland, they signed a record deal with Columbia Records and headed to Chicago where they would perform at The Grenada Cafe.  Their first recordings for Columbia proved so successful that the orchestra decided to move to New York, replacing popular bandleader Ben Bernie at the world renowned Roosevelt Grill of the Roosevelt Hotel.  It was at the Roosevelt Hotel that Guy Lombardo began performing on New Year's Eve.

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