Larry Verne

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Larry Verne (February 8, 1934 – October 8, 2013)[1][2][3] 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" (No. 75) and "Mr. Custer" (No. 1, and No. 9 R&B).[4] "Mr. Custer" was written by Fred Darian, Al DeLory, and Joe Van Winkle.[3] The record sold over one million copies, earning a gold disc.[3] 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.[5]


Larry Verne died on October 8, 2013 of heart failure in Sylmar, California, at the age of 79.[1][2] He had long suffered from Alzheimer's disease and had suffered three strokes.[6]


  1. ^ a b "Larry Verne". Retrieved 2016-02-16. 
  2. ^ a b c Doc Rock. "July to December". The Dead Rock Stars Club. Retrieved 2015-08-18. 
  3. ^ 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. 
  4. ^ Larry Verne Awards at Allmusic
  5. ^ [1][dead link]
  6. ^ "Oldies Music News". Retrieved 2013-11-01.