Art Lund

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Art Lund, c. 1950

Art Lund (April 1, 1915 in Salt Lake City, Utah – May 31, 1990 in Holladay, Utah[1]) was an American baritone singer, initially with bandleaders Benny Goodman and Harry James, and was also a television and stage actor.

Biography[edit]

Arthur Lund was a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University, and received his master's degree from the United States Naval Academy in aerological engineering.[1]

Lund was a high school math teacher in Kentucky who worked as a musician on the side. He left teaching to tour with Jimmy Ray and his band.[2] He originally billed himself as Art London.[3]

He began a solo career in 1946, recording the song "Mam'selle" in 1947. This gramophone record was #1 in the U.S. Billboard magazine chart and earned a gold disc.[2] Other hits for Lund were "(I'd Like to Get You on a) Slow Boat to China", "What'll I Do", "You Call Everybody Darlin'" and "Peg o' My Heart". He also recorded "Blue Skies", "My Blue Heaven" and "Mona Lisa".

Lund had lead roles on Broadway in The Most Happy Fella (1956); Destry Rides Again (1959), as a replacement for the plot's villain, Scott Brady; Donnybrook! (1961); Fiorello! (1962); and Sophie (1963). Lund also worked in two shows that closed before scheduled Broadway openings, We Take the Town (1962), as Robert Preston's standby; and Breakfast at Tiffany's (1966). His film credits included The Molly Maguires (1970), Black Caesar (1973), The Last American Hero (1973), Bucktown (1975), Baby Blue Marine (1976), The Private Files of J. Edgar Hoover (1977) and It's Alive III: Island of the Alive (1987).

Personal and death[edit]

Lund was married nearly 30 years (1940–1969) to Kathleen Virginia Bolanz-Lund. On October 16, 1969 Kathleen Lund was killed in an automobile accident. She was a passenger in a car driven by friend and former model/actress Rosemarie Bowe (wife of actor Robert Stack), when the car veered into a culvert near Sacramento Metropolitan Airport. Lund did not remarry until the last year of his life, to Janet Burris Chytraus. Art Lund died on May 31, 1990 in his native Utah. He was 75. At the time of his death, Lund was survived by wife Janet, a daughter, Kathleen Ann Olson of Canoga Park, California; a son, Arthur Earl Lund III of Pittsburgh; a sister, Ruth Glover, a grandson and two granddaughters. Lund was a Mormon.[4]

Awards[edit]

Lund has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, at 6126 Hollywood Boulevard.[1]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Art Lund". IMDb.com. Retrieved 25 October 2017.
  2. ^ a b Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. p. 40. ISBN 0-214-20512-6.
  3. ^ Movies.yahoo.comn Archived May 22, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "The Mormon 100 - LDS 100 - 100 Most Influential Latter-day Saints". Ldsfilm.com. Retrieved 25 October 2017.

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