Guy Lombardo's Final New Year's Eve. Appearance - New Year's Eve. 1976-1977

Guy Lombardo And His Royal Canadians From Guy Lombardo's Final New Year's Eve. Appearance. The Band Performs: "Babyface," "I Write The Songs," "Charley, My Boy," "Feelings," "Silver Dollar," And "Give My Regards To Broadway." With Vocals By Ty Lemley And Kenny Gardner.

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Author ellenhawk ( ago)
This was my kind of New Years Eve music. Sorry gone now. I do not on put New Years eve shows on tv any more. Friends and I have a few drinks and watch old movies.

Author Mike Ford ( ago)
Guy Lombardo kinda looks like Rodney Dangerfield LOL

Author Mike Ford ( ago)
as a family we would go over to these people's house every New Year's Eve ever since I could remember and every time they would put on Guy Lombardo the Herman family was pure class and so it Guy Lombardo New Year's Eve what a lot of memories growing up as a kid that he'd put on some Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys little Hank Williams a lot of drinking

Author Dorothy Gale ( ago)
Ben Grauer died the same year as Guy Lombardo.
Truly the end of an era.

Author M.D. Jonas ( ago)
...and now we have talentless rappers with their pants hanging down to their fucking KNEES and the absolutely ANNOYING likes of Taylor Swift, Mariah Carey, and Beyonce ringing in the new year. What a motherfucking JOKE.

Author Robert Grant ( ago)
Yes,it does not sound so mellow without that fourth sax,sure do miss him on New Years,I will never ever watch that Rockin Eve show,it"s Guy or nothing.

Author enchano ( ago)
For those that want to experience this entire show including commercials, the Museum of Television Broadcasting on 52nd in NYC has the master copy of this , They probably got it from CBS since it was historic in that it was the last New Years Eve with Guy Lombardo. I am 55 and I can remember watching this every year from about 1969 and I though this was was one his best shows of that era. The band was tight and I liked how they took current hits and played it in their style. I thought one of the great traditions of this show was the salute to Broadway medley before they went live to the ball drop. It really built up the anticipation of the coming new year and if you see the actual ball drop of that year, they had it timed perfectly, starting from the tympani roll to the countdown. Sadly this was also Ben Grauer's final NYE .

Author John Pottle ( ago)
40 years later, Happy New Year!!

Author William Gottlieb ( ago)
This makes me want to have another glass of Cold Duck!

Author Scott Tidwell ( ago)
Who played that awesome King Recording Tuba.

Author thomas ciluffo ( ago)
Guy and the Canadians were a class act not like the junk we have now!

Author Enrico Rubio ( ago)
I grew up in the 70's and looked foward to watching guy lombardo on new years eve with my parents and grand parents. New years eve was never the same after Guy Lombardo's death. Enrico Rubio

Author Darrel Jones ( ago)
This was an interesting piece of history to watch, even if it wasn't historic for reasons Guy would've liked. I'm not a huge fan of big bands (I'm more into rock), but it was still noteworthy.

I see a lot of fans were bothered by Guy's decision to include some 1970's standards in the show. Cut him some slack, and look at it from Guy's point of view. I know what he's doing here, and I think he was right to do it. He's trying to get younger viewers who might otherwise watch Dick Clark's Rockin' New Years Eve (which has run on ABC since 1971-2). Yes, it's doubtful many who grew up on American Bandstand would want to see the Royal Canadians do 1940's-era standards, but some might prefer the kind of lounge music they do here. And Guy's also mindful of not offending the sensibilities of his mainstay of older viewers, many of whom NEVER liked rock 'n' roll. It's called a trade-off, and I think it's as good a choice as Guy could've made under the circumstances.

Author kraftpr ( ago)
This is when it was worthwhile staying up and ringing in The New Year. Sadly, just a lot of garbage on TV today -- just my opinion folks.

Author Ed Gallagher ( ago)
This was THE ....New Eve Show when I was a little kid, I thought it was the only one..............

Author Jason Finn ( ago)
I write the songs. How could you kill a beautiful song by Barry Manilow.

Author frycook48 ( ago)
Guy Lombardo was awesome

Author Hello Again Guys It's Your Buddy Greg ( ago)
My favorite song by them is "TEA FOR TWO"

Author Hello Again Guys It's Your Buddy Greg ( ago)
I'm playing one of his records for my Christmas special.

Author Patricia Bertelsen ( ago)

Author Ettoredipugnar ( ago)
How things have changed !

Author Larry DeWein ( ago)
Guy Lombardo was one of the best of the era I grew up in, How unfortunate to go from that GREAT era to the rock and roll rap crap that came and destroyed real music forever. Fortunately with the preservation of recordings and You Tube, I can still enjoy the era of the greatest music of that time.

Author legasiguy ( ago)
These people look like they were in their 70's. Thank God we had Dick Clark and now Ryan Seacrest to pump us up for the New Year.

Author Alan Hill ( ago)
Wow!                                      ;-)

Author Joe Brentar ( ago)
"New York's Glamorous High Society"!!! What fun.

Author Joe Brentar ( ago)
The good old days. Even back then we thought the people dressed up dancing and waiving was FUN to watch.

Author olflatop ( ago)
When I was a kid I thought this show was really square. My opinion hasn't changed, but I can appreciate now that they were a good band.

Author Carl Triangolo ( ago)
By the way,you've must have noticed by now that I'm Guy,s greatest fan.

Author Carl Triangolo ( ago)
It's also interesting that there wasn't any trio in this clip,as in the previous year when Peter Salvegio sang in the trio.

Author Carl Triangolo ( ago)
Another observation regarding Welk.He didn't play the Blackstone hotel in Pittsburgh,it was the William Penn hotel.

Author Dorothy Gale ( ago)
Ben Grauer and Guy Lombardo died in the same year.

Author J Gary Fox ( ago)
Thanks for sharing ... and I watched this video instead of the crap that is now featured as 2016 ended.

Author zibbyzubb ( ago)
Were these Guy Lombardo concerts really live on New Years Eve or was the concert/dance pre taped like much of Dick Clarks NYRE was/is?

Author Win Lewis ( ago)
In the 40's the Waldorf Astoria had the NYC F.B.I. headquarters in it. My Uncle Earl was the Supervisory Agent in Command (SAC) for NYC after 20 years with The New York State Police.
Happy New Year, Uncle Earl hope we've all lived close to your reputation and Law Enforcement record.😇

Author Adrienne Elliott ( ago)
The days of yore

Author Earl Brown ( ago)

Author bmack ( ago)
What a great time! I moved from NYC to Hawaii and never looked back!

Author Presto418 ( ago)
The song "I Write The Songs" was written by Bruce Johnston of the Beach Boys...the song is about Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys.

Author Robert Rauschenbach ( ago)
I remember watching this and then the next year his brother led the band

Author defernomore ( ago)
Most of these songs aren't really my style but this is leagues better than what get played on New Years shows lately. In fact I'll most likely rewatch this later today instead of the usual dreck.

Author Mort Weiss ( ago)
"You can't go home again." but it sure was nice living there at the time-Happy New year's ta ya a'l! Mort

Author Carl Triangolo ( ago)
Another mistake on my part.Their were three woodwinds,not three brass,sorry.

Author Carl Triangolo ( ago)
I would just like to make something a little clearer regarding my most recent comment.During this show the two guest singers were Carol Lawrence and Billy Ekstein,both of whom do not appear during the clip shown here.

Author Carl Triangolo ( ago)
It's interesting to me that Guy augmented his brass section with one extra trumpet and trombone but maintained the brass section at three saxophones.I'm sure it was too give a better back up to Lawrence and Ekstein,which I must admit they did very well.Guy did this in every show from 71 on.I always thought in was ridiculous that he just couldn't bring himself to add that fourth sax.

Author Carl Triangolo ( ago)
Another observation,this somewhat critical of Guy, particularly of the loss of Victor playing baritone sax up to 71.He may have been able to replace it and he did not.I suspect that he was loosing his fan base at this time,and didn't want to decrease his personal income.Also some critics said the loss of Carmen,who was the true inspiration and guidance,had a profound affect on Guy.I also had an encounter with Guy,regarding my request for an autograph,he looked at me contemptuously,but relinquished his signature begrudgingly.Maybe it was his heart condition,or the fact that he had been giving out autographs for over 45 years.

Author Carl Triangolo ( ago)
Correction,Bill Lombardo played the Rainbow Room in 80,not 81.He was critiicized for playing New York with a disco beat.Deplorable!

Author mark stahle ( ago)
Guy Lombardo was born on June 17th, 1902 in the south end of London, Ontario, Canada. His boyhood home has been designated a historical landmark there!

Author Carl Triangolo ( ago)
To me it's of interest to note that the last New Years Eve performance at the Waldorf was in 79,which wasn't broadcast.And their very last New Year's performance was in 80 at the Colonade Hotel in Boston which I attended,still under Bill's leadership.Bill then finished at New York's Rainbow Room.

Author Carl Triangolo (1375 years ago)
Arn't there any real Lombardo fans out there who can post some really interesting things about this great outfit?Guy would certainly be very appreciative if you could.

Author pranksterguy1 ( ago)
My fiance (got married 25 days later) and I were there that night-had a great time!

Author Carl Triangolo ( ago)
by the way,Mr.Clifford's response regarding Welk was eMailed to me directly,and is not included here.Well,Lawrence continues to be very popular,so perhaps I went a little overboard regarding his band's lack of appeal to me.

Author Carl Triangolo ( ago)
In response to Richard Clifford regarding my comments about Lawrence Welk,I also enjoy watching his show every week.Sometimes he's not that bad,but I believe this is due to the type of music he plays,not the orchestra's quality.He simply never made it during the Big Band Era,and I think for good reason.

Author Christa Norman ( ago)
Guy is the second cousin to my grandmother, Helen. She told me stories about when she was barley a teen singing on the radio with guy and he offered her to tour with her but her parents said no, you are too young. Lol she would of been famous for her singing and dancing but she might of never had 7 kids and lots and lots of grand, great grand and great great grand children. Guy was an amazing man and so talented! We still enjoy him until this day.

Author Carl Triangolo ( ago)
sorry again for my inability to spell correctly.Hunter Furst is an Ophthalmologoist.

Author Carl Triangolo ( ago)
Sorry for the misspelling of Pittsburgh.

Author Carl Triangolo ( ago)
by the way,I'll never understand how Lawrence Welk can be compared to Guy.Welk did't make a musical dent during the Big Band Era.He played exactly two weeks at the Roosevelt in the late forty's,primarily playing the Blackstone Hotel in Pittsburg.Wow!Another television miracle,with his mediocre band and lousy singers.

Author The Loud House Rules Est. 2001 NDCP AUTTP TPNG ( ago)
Well not anymore Ryan is the new Mr. New Year's Eve

Author Carl Triangolo ( ago)
another comment from Carl.You know,As a professional musician,I always resented some so called critics referring to this band as Mickey Mouse,like Sammy Kaye or Jan Garber.This was a very smart sophisticated group that played the Roosevelt Hotel for thirty two seasons and during the thirty's and forty's The Waldorf,at the Starlight Roof during the summers.Virtually the Toast of New York.

Author John Paradise (987 years ago)
Since the passing of Guy Lombardo New Years Eve has never been the same!

Author George Maccarone ( ago)
What happy memories this video brings back.  And what a schlockfest New Year's eve has become since Guy Lombardo and the Royal Canadians have left the stage.  As a fellow Long Islander I remember Guy piloting his beautiful mahogany speedboat through the moat at the Jones Beach Theater each night before the summer stage shows proudly flying the American flag during the National Anthem.  He and his wonderful band are very much missed even after all these years.  No doubt "The Sweetest Music This Side Of Heaven"  is now "The Sweetest Music In Heaven." 

Author Carl Triangolo ( ago)
Ty Lemley's banjo playing on Charley My Boy is terrific!

Author Carl Triangolo ( ago)
It's interesting that the young man on second trombone,Hunter Furst,is now an optomalogist in Iowa.

Author Carl Triangolo ( ago)
I'm sorry,Guy felt somehow compelled to play these dumb songs refereed too,not didn't.By the way,I wish we could get the rest of this show,my guess is problems with the Lombardo estate.Best part of Feelings is the brass sections playing of Last Night I Got That Old Feeling,perfect Lombardo.

Author Carl Triangolo ( ago)
The Lombardo shows from the Roosevelt Hotel were by far superior.Guy didn't somehow feel compelled to play such silly songs as Feelings and I Write The Songs.For this great orchestra,these were ridiculous! I guess Guy felt compelled to pander to a new generation.If you can find it,and it's not as uncomplicated as it once was,watch the 57 show.This was when they played great songs from the 30's through the 50's.This show was really Guy at his best.

Author Carl Triangolo ( ago)
although he was never a regular member of this band,Al Conti lead the so called relief trio at the Roosevelt Hotel for Guy during the 50's.By the way, if you have a chance to get to the Roosevelt,there are a number of pictures of Guy.My personal favorite is Guy leading the band placed at the door of the Roosevelt Grill.You'll have to search around for this as it's on the lowest level of the hotel where the Grill was located.

Author Carl Triangolo ( ago)
Sorry about the use of it's instead of it.I always had difficulty typing.

Author Carl Triangolo ( ago)
i enjoyed Al Conti's piano at a number of clubs in R.I. about 40 years ago.It's should be noted that he played at the Waldorf's Peacock Alley during the late 60's.He was discovered by Guy and Carmen at the Providence R.I. Biltmore Hotel in the late 40's.

Author Raymond Julien ( ago)
5:46 on this video is Al Conti playing the piano. I had the great honor of shaking hands
with this man when he played a grand piano at the Warwick Mall in RI. He passed on
several years ago.

Author Nansbbgrand ( ago)
Always loved Guy Lombardo's New Year's Eve show. . . Still miss it!

Author MooPotPie ( ago)
This is great . . .  but that rendition of the song "Feelings" was just insufferable . . .  as is any rendition of "Feelings".

Author sjtom57 ( ago)
With all the garbage in the world today I had to find some Guy Lombardo vids. Happy New Year.

Author hisroyalness2 ( ago)
HAPPY NEW YEAR PEOPLE... HERE YA' GO.... I THINK NEW YORK HAS CHANGED A BIT... THERE'S A TON MORE OF THESE OLD GOODIES ON THE PAGE THE VID IS ON. Guy Lombardo And His Royal Canadians From Guy Lombardo's Final New Year's Eve. Appearance. The Band Performs: "Babyface," "I Write The Songs," "Charley, My Boy," "Feelings," "Silver Dollar," And "Give My Regards To Broadway." With Vocals By Ty Lemley And Kenny Gardner.

Author Don Holdaway ( ago)
blind robbins or dried herring, herrings in wine sauce, egg nog and Auld Langs Syne by Guy Lombardo. A new Years tradition started in the 1920's by my grandfather! Haven't miss a year to the best of my knowledge.  Here's to 64 years and many more!

Author Charlie IRVIN ( ago)
My Biggest Gift My Daughter was born New Years 12:00am Happy birthday to my Lovely Daughter Tamara Nicole Irvin 1979 you are the biggest gift from god love mommy and daddy i love you little Girl.

Author Charlie IRVIN ( ago)
Happy New years Royal Canadians Happy New to one and all 2015.

Author Edwin Harvey ( ago)
I was 13 years old then Dec 31st, 1976 and I probably watched this with my mom and dad then!! I kind of remember this!! I turned 14 years old on May 21, 1977. The next year Guy Lombardo's brother took over!

Author 79pretzel ( ago)
True that the band did not have depth as in earlier years, but still such a memorable event!

Author Carl Triangolo ( ago)
Do you recall when Kenny did not perform on New Years Eve? That was the 69-70 show.His replacement was a young man by the name of Tony Cointreau.He was also the principal vocalist on Guy's 1969 Tropicana hotel album.What happened to Kenny during this period?Did he retire?If anyone knows,please fill me in.Thanks.

Author Carl Triangolo ( ago)
What a great band! However,it's too bad that Guy was using only three saxophones during the 70's almost immediately after Carmen's death.Also , Kenny was no longer the wonderful singer he had been in the three previous decades. What do you think?

Author Bill First ( ago)
US TV today is absolute garbage packed with mindless commercials.  The old media is dying out and it deserves to.
We have to go on the internet to get the greatest music and entertainment.  The New York Times, Time Magazine,
Chicago Tribune, ABC, CBS, CNN, CNBC are YESTERDAY'S MEDIA.   It is old and dying.....look at the junk on TV
today...viewership is less than half of what it used to be.  Young people have left the old media.  This place, the internet, is where everyone is headed.

Author Bryan Smith ( ago)
Is it possible to see the whole show? 

Author begs54 ( ago)
Remembering my parents was watching this every New Years in the 50's & 60's on t.v..... Waiting for the ball to  drop, holding up a glass of bubbly ,holding hands and dancing to Auld Lang Syne in our den.   The crap that  that is on today on New Year's Eve is all flash.   There is no warmth to it, and reflection of  the last year..... Something is just missing.. 

Author gmmix ( ago)
New Year's Eve without Guy Lombardo is like having Laurel without Hardy!

Author Remo Williams (333 years ago)
I dont believe i've taken interest nor seen a New Years eve special since.

Author Bill Lytle ( ago)
This is really great. There is a great pan showing my father in-law, trombonist, Donald "Coop" Cooper. Are there any more videos of from this era, showing Don?. Don played with the Royal Canadians from 1966 until Guy Lombardo's death.

Author Micelli1947 ( ago)
Remember seeing this on TV as a youngster.

Author Paul Schedler ( ago)
Please post the full show :D

Author TAnglesmith ( ago)
Great tuba playing!!!

Author Erick Gaines Sanders ( ago)
When the Flagship Holiday had class.

Author wallofvideo ( ago)
i like how "i write the songs" and "feelings" were arranged and performed as slow two-steps.

Author Peter Stofleth ( ago)

Author soulierinvestments ( ago)
I still don't get the lyrics to "I Write the Songs."    Hard to sing with a straight face.

Author Paul Joseph ( ago)
Please upload the whole video if you can someday

Author Paul Joseph ( ago)
Would love to purchase a DVD collection of these old Guy Lombardo New Year's broadcasts if only they'd make one available.....

Author Mark Fischer ( ago)
I wish PBS or some channel would run these again...even a rerun from 1960 is better than that New Year's Eve crap that is on now. 

Author Joe Code stud ( ago)
I wish those folks still ran this country. Current Americans stink.

Author dddavids Ghost Cams ( ago)
I remember as kids we use to stay up and watch this. Most of the time we did not make it to midnight.

Author Riden Roam ( ago)
i still have his record. but no record player. now i have downloaded the Auld Lang Syne with Bell chimes on iTunes and i love it. i will always forever play it every year very loud at 12 over and over. 

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