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Long before Guy Lombardo with his Royal Canadians became famous for playing “Auld Lang Syne” at New York’s Waldorf Astoria on New Year’s Eve they were a hot dance band. Their first recordings for Gennett captured the band playing in a jazz style that they would soon abandon for their famous sweet sound.

Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians – March 10th, 1924 – Left to Right: Eddie Mushurette, Carmen Lombardo, Guy Lombardo, Fred Higman, George Gowans, Francis Henry, Fred Kreitzer, Lebert Lombardo, Jack Miles.

Guy Lombardo with his Royal Canadians would continue to record for another fifty years but little of their music after this 1924 recording session can be considered jazz.


TitleRecording DateRecording LocationCompany
Cotton Pickers Ball
(Elmer Schoebel / Billy Meyers)
3-10-1924Richmond, IndianaGennett
(Lombardo / Fred Kreitzer)
3-10-1924Richmond, IndianaGennett
Mamas Gone, Goodbye
(Peter Bocage / A.J. Piron)
3-10-1924Richmond, IndianaGennett
So This Is Venice
(Clark / Leslie / Warren)
3-10-1924Richmond, IndianaGennett

George GowansDrums
Frances HenryBanjo
Fred HigmanTenor Saxophone
Fred KreitzerPiano
Carmen LombardoClarinet, Alto Saxophone, Vocals
Guy LombardoViolin, Leader
Lebert LombardoTrumpet
Eddie MushuretteBass Brass
Jack MilesTrombone


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