Larry Verne

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Larry Verne (born February 8, 1936, Minneapolis, Minnesota[1] – died October 8, 2013, Sylmar, California) was an American novelty song singer.

He scored two U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart hit singles in 1960: "Mister Livingston" (#75) and "Mr. Custer" (#1, #9 R&B).[2] "Mr. Custer" was written by Fred Darian, Al DeLory, and Joe Van Winkle.[1] The record sold over one million copies, earning a gold disc.[1] In the UK, "Mr. Custer" was successfully covered by Charlie Drake. Unhappy with the music industry, Verne switched to becoming a successful builder of sets for the Hollywood film industry for 35 years before he retired.[3]

Death[edit]

Verne died of heart failure on 8 October 2013 in Sylmar, California, at age 77. He also suffered from Alzheimer's disease and had suffered three strokes.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. p. 130. ISBN 0-214-20512-6. 
  2. ^ Larry Verne at Allmusic
  3. ^ Entertainment.ctcentral.com
  4. ^ "Oldies Music News". Retrieved 2013-11-01.