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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. 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
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.
|1970||The Molly Maguires||Frazier|
|1973||Brother on the Run||Uncredited|
|1973||The Last American Hero||Elroy Jackson Sr.|
|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)|