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Ross (at right) on the Maxwell House Show Boat radio program in 1935
January 19, 1906|
Seattle, Washington, U.S.
|Died||April 25, 1988
New York City, U.S.
Lanny Ross (January 19, 1906 - April 25, 1988) was an American singer, pianist and songwriter.
Lancelot Patrick Ross was born in Seattle, Washington. His parents were Douglas and Winifred Ross, both natives of England. He graduated from Taft School in 1924, where he captained the track team and led the Glee Club and Yale University in 1928, where he blossomed forth as one of the nation's foremost intercollegiate track performers, as well as soloist with the famous Yale Glee Club, and he was a member of Zeta Psi and Skull and Bones. Additionally, in 1931 he earned a law degree from Columbia Law School., earning the wherewithal by making radio appearances. He also studied classical vocal technique at the Juilliard School of Music with Anna E. Schoen-René.
Lanny Ross made his theatrical bow at the age of 2. By the time he was 5, he had already put in a hitch with a professional Shakespearean company (Ben Greet's) and was something of a veteran. During his primary education in a Canadian convent and various Seattle and New York schools, young Ross confined his appearances to choir work, including term as head monitor at the Cathedral of St. John the Dive, NY. His career began in radio in 1928 and included a five year run with Annette Hanshaw on the Maxwell House Show Boat program. His recording career began in 1929. He did so well on the radio that he gave up the legal profession and set forth on a singing career. Ross went on to success in vaudeville, night clubs and films. He served in the U.S. Army in World War II, achieving the rank of Major. During the war, he was called upon to sing the Oscar-nominated ballad, "We Musn't Say Goodbye," for the 1943 motion picture, "Stage Door Canteen." The film also received an Oscar nomination for best musical score that year.
HIs radio programs have included "Troubadour of the Moon," "Maxwell House Showboat," "Packard Mardi Gras," "Lucky Strike Hit Parade" and his own "Lanny Ross Program," sponsored by Franco-American over the CBS Network.
Ross introduced the standard popular song "Stay as Sweet as You Are" (w. Mack Gordon m. Harry Revel) in the 1934 film College Rhythm. He recorded the song with Nat W. Finston and the Paramount Recording Orchestra in Los Angeles on October 21, 1934. It was released on Brunswick 7318 (matrix LA-247-A) and became Ross' most successful record. He starred in two Paramount films, Melody in Spring and College Rhythm and also in The Lady Objects for Columbia. In 1941 he drew critical acclai for his acting in stock productions of "Petticoat Fever,""Pursuit of Happiness" and "Green Grow the Lilacs".
Ross died in New York City.
- 1933 Yours Sincerely
- 1934 Melody in Spring
- 1934 College Rhythm
- 1938 The Lady Objects
- 1939 Gulliver's Travels animated feature film for which Lanny Ross provided the singing voice for the character Prince David.
- Yale Scholarship and Music Program Honor Singer Lancelot "Lanny" P. Ross, Yale News, Retrieved 14 April 2013
- "SENATOR'S SON GETS FINAL 'TAP' AT YALE: Charles T. Bingham of Connecticut Receives Chief Honor at Traditional Elections. FOUR REFUSE FIRST SLAP John D. Rockefeller's Grandson Goes to Skull and Bones, Two Cousins to Scroll and Key.". New York Times. 20 May 1927. p. 23.
- Mme. Anna E. Schoen-René 1864-1942 Retrieved 14 April 2013
- Billboard March 7, 1942
- Voice Talk, Perspectives on the Art of Singing, Lanny Ross Retrieved 14 April 2013
- Lanny Ross collection of recorded radio broadcasts, 1934-1942 in the Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound of The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.