Larry Verne

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Larry Verne (February 8, 1936[1] – October 8, 2013)[2] was an American novelty song vocalist.

He was born as Larry Verne Erickson in Minneapolis, Minnesota.[2] He scored two U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart hit singles in 1960, "Mister Livingston" (number 75) and "Mr. Custer" (number 1, and also number 9 R&B).[3] "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.

Growing tired of the music industry, Verne quit to become a successful set builder for the Hollywood film industry, which he did for 35 years before retiring.[4]


Larry Verne died of heart failure at age 77 in Sylmar, California, in 2013.[2] He had long suffered from Alzheimer's disease and had suffered three strokes.[5]


  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. ^ a b c Doc Rock. "July to December". The Dead Rock Stars Club. Retrieved 2015-08-18. 
  3. ^ Larry Verne Awards at Allmusic
  4. ^ [1][dead link]
  5. ^ "Oldies Music News". Retrieved 2013-11-01.