Welcome to the home page of The Russ Columbo Society.  Our mission is to perpetuate the music and memory of Russ Columbo in order that present and future generations may be inspired and entertained by this truly gifted musical artist... this giant upon whose shoulders many of our most famous and popular singers have stood.  Our primary goals are to secure for Russ Columbo a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and enshrinement in the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
 
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Program Date.. .................Songs Performed
June 5, 1933 - "More Than You Know" / "Time on My Hands"
September 18, 1933 - "My Past, My Present and My Future" / "Coffee in the Morning (Kisses in the Night)"
November 16, 1933 - "Lover"
June 17, 1934 - "The House is Haunted" / "Time on My Hands" / "Easy Come Easy Go"
July 1, 1934 - "With My Eyes Wide Open I'm Dreaming" / "Stardust"
July 8, 1934 - "True"
July 15, 1934 - "Rolling in Love" / "I've Had My Moments" / "(I'm Not Lazy) I'm Dreaming"
         
        
       
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On successive Sundays (April 18 & 25, 2010) Damon Leigh was the guest of Disc Jockey, Chris Valenti on WYYR radio.
The subject of this live, commercial-free, epic four-hour program was "The Amazing Life of Russ Columbo"
Each program recording is two hours in duration and may be listened to by utilizing the MP3 players below.
(For your convenience, compliments of WYYR.com, you may also download these sound files to play on your personal MP3 player.)
      
The Amazing Life of Russ Columbo (Part I) The Amazing Life of Russ Columbo (Part II)
               
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Hollywood Personalities in 1933
Miss Sally Blane, the beautiful lady pictured with Russ Columbo in this newsreel, was his longtime, loyal friend.
She was with Russ at the very end, September 2, 1934, when he died at Good Samaritan Hospital, Los Angeles.
Although Carole Lombard was his fiancée at the time, she was at Lake Arrowhead when Russ was shot.
Although he never regained consciousness, Russ clung to life for hours, but those were the days before freeways.
By the time Miss Lombard arrived at Good Samaritan, it was too late... Russ had already passed into eternity.
(NOTE: This newsreel was produced shortly before Russ and Carole began dating... thus they're not pictured together.)
 
     
      
 
Where is Russ Columbo's star?
      
Believe it or not, although he was immensely popular in concert performances, had his own radio program on NBC, sold more records up until the time of his death than did his chief rival, Bing Crosby, composed music and lyrics to hit songs which are still considered "standards" today, performed live on experimental television in 1931 and starred in motion pictures for both 20th Century and Universal Studios, Russ Columbo, the man who inspired an entire generation of America's greatest popular singers, has never been honored with a star on the world-famous Hollywood Walk of Fame!

Mr. Columbo's brilliant, meteoric career came to a sudden and tragic end on September 2, 1934.  Isn't it time that this iconic musical genius and consummate entertainer receives this symbolic token of long-overdue public recognition and peer appreciation of his artistry?  If you believe, as so many other people do, that Russ Columbo deserves to be honored with a star on the Walk of Fame, please express your heartfelt sentiments about it to the good people in charge of posthumous star nominations:

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce
7018 Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood, CA 90028

Telephone:  (323) 469-8211
Facsimile: (323) 469-2805
 
      
       
     
Radio Romeo
     

I turn out my bedroom light… covered by the deep blue night

Lay my head down… close my eyes… and lie awake with sleepy sighs

On my radio they play music from a bygone day

Songs of love… its joy and pain… all wrapped up in a sweet refrain

    

I can’t forget the night I met you… you’re all I’m dreaming of

Take me Russ Columbo… make me your prisoner of love

Each night I’m waiting… anticipating our romantic fling

Love’s silly madness fills me with gladness when I hear you sing

I’ve made a promise to be faithful by all the stars above

Take me Russ Columbo… make me your prisoner of love

      

Sizzling Valentino thing… velvet voice to rival Bing

Profane Angel on your arm bedazed and dazzled by your charm

Life flew fast till death soon came… shooting down a star aflame

Still the passing years will fail to hide your light behind their veil

      

I can’t forget the night I met you… you’re all I’m dreaming of

Take me Russ Columbo… make me your prisoner of love

Each night I’m waiting… anticipating our romantic fling

Love’s silly madness fills me with gladness when I hear you sing

I’ve made a promise to be faithful by all the stars above

Take me Russ Columbo… make me your prisoner of love

       

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Full Movie: "Wake Up and Dream"
Starring Russ Columbo, Roger Pryor & June Knight
(Universal Pictures - 1934 / Running Time - 1:16)
       
      
     
     
     
Full Movie: "Walter Winchell's Broadway Through a Keyhole"
Starring Constance Cummings, Paul Kelly & Russ Columbo
(20th Century Pictures - 1933 / Running Time - 1:26)
       
       
      
Scene from: "Moulin Rouge" Starring Russ Columbo, Constance Bennett & The Boswell Sisters
(20th Century Pictures - 1934)
Featured Song: "Coffee in the Morning (Kisses in the Night)" by Harry Warren & Al Dubin
      
      
    
Scene from: "That Goes Double" Starring Russ Columbo & Charlotte Wynters
(Warner Bros. Pictures - 1933)
      
             
Stardust
      
Russ Columbo sings "Stardust"
(Music: Hoagy Carmichael / Lyrics: Mitchell Parish)
      
     
The Battle of the Baritones
Russ Columbo vs Bing Crosby
singing
"Where the Blue of the Night Meets the Gold of the Day"
      
       
 
 "The Golden Voice from the West"   "The Romeo of Song" 
All of Me Guilty
       
           
       
Too Beautiful For Words
      
      
Russ Columbo's final resting place in the Sanctuary of the Vespers
The Great Mausoleum at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California
    
I See Two Lovers
This was the last song ever recorded by Russ Columbo (August 31, 1934)
     
 
 
Books about Russ Columbo
(currently available at Amazon.com)
   
"A Prisoner of Love: The Definitive Story of Russ Columbo" by Tony Toran
      
"Russ Columbo and the Crooner Mystique" by Joseph Lanza & Dennis Penna
       
 
 
Damon Leigh
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