Larry Verne

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Larry Verne
Birth name Larry Vern Erickson
Born (1936-02-08)February 8, 1936
Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.
Died October 8, 2013(2013-10-08) (aged 77)
Sylmar, California, U.S.
Genres Novelty songs
Occupation(s) Singer
Years active 1960–1963
Labels Era Records

Larry Vern Erickson (February 8, 1936 – October 8, 2013) was an American novelty song vocalist.


Verne recorded two U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart hit singles in 1960, "Mister Livingston" (No. 75) and "Mr. Custer" (No. 1, and No. 9 R&B).[1] "Mr. Custer" was written by Fred Darian, Al De Lory, and Joe Van Winkle.[2] The record sold over one million copies, earning a gold disc.[2] In the UK, "Mr. Custer" was successfully covered by Charlie Drake.

Growing tired of the music industry, Verne quit to become a successful builder of Hollywood film sets, which he did for 35 years before retiring.[3]


Verne died on October 8, 2013 of heart failure in Sylmar, California, at the age of 77.[4] He had long suffered from Alzheimer's disease and had suffered three strokes.[5]


  1. ^ Leggett, Steve. "Larry Verne Biography". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved August 9, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. p. 130. ISBN 0-214-20512-6. 
  3. ^ Osborne, Jerry (November 17, 2003). "Ask 'Mr. Music' Jerry Osborne". Mr. Music. 
  4. ^ "July to December 2013". The Dead Rock Stars Club. Retrieved August 9, 2017. 
  5. ^ "Passings: Larry Verne (1936 - 2013)". Vintage Vinyl News. Retrieved August 9, 2017. 

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