Art Lund

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Art Lund, c. 1950

Arthur "Art" Lund (April 1, 1915 – May 31, 1990) 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.

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.[1] He originally billed himself as Art London.[2]

He found work early on as a vocalist with a band led by clarinetist Jimmy Joy. A better-known clarinetist whom Lund would later sing with was Benny Goodman, with whom he cut several records, including “Blue Skies,” “On the Alamo,” and (in duet with Peggy Lee) “Winter Weather” and “If You Build a Better Mousetrap.” In addition to his work with the King of Swing, Lund sang and recorded with bandmaster and trumpet king Harry James. https://masterworksbroadway.com/artist/art-lund/

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.[1] 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).

On television, he played “Heber”, a gambler who bets on the death of a made-up outlaw on James Arness’s TV Western Gunsmoke (1962), in S8E15’s “False Front”. Lund also recorded the theme to the 1965 TV series Branded starring Chuck Conners.

Personal life and death[edit]

Lund was born in Salt Lake City.

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.[3]

Awards[edit]

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

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1970 The Molly Maguires Frazier
1971 Head On Koger
1973 Black Caesar McKinney
1973 Brother on the Run Uncredited
1973 The Last American Hero Elroy Jackson Sr.
1975 Bucktown Chief Patterson
1976 Baby Blue Marine Mr. Elmore
1977 The Private Files of J. Edgar Hoover Benchley
1987 It's Alive III: Island of the Alive Dr. Swenson (final film role)

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References[edit]

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

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