1950s EASY-POP Songs and Singers...on the verge of Rock 'n Roll
Julius LaRosa (born January 2, 1930)
Famous EASY-POP hit single during the 50s: Eh Cumpari 1953
Julius LaRosa also had hits with Anywhere I Wander in 1953 and Domani (Tomorrow) in 1955.
Recording career with hits on the charts: 1953 - 1958 Record Labels: Cadence & RCA
This earnest Italian singer, was born in Brooklyn, sang with the US Navy Band, and was ‘discovered’ by Arthur Godfrey. For two years Julius La Rosa was a member of the immensely popular CBS TV variety series ‘Arthur Godfrey and his Friends.’ His first single release, Anywhere I Wander shot into the top-30, his third release, Eh, Cumpari, was a run-away hit, and he was named ‘best new male vocalist’ for 1953. That fall, Julius LaRosa was dismissed on-the-air after singing Manhattan because Arthur Godfrey said that he had “lost his humility.” La Rosa thanked him for giving him his big break and left the show. Hearing the big-guy-hurt-the-little-guy, the public turned on Arthur Godfrey, whose TV image as a down-to-earth, plain-speaking Mr. Nice Guy, belied his actual tyrannical and judgmental nature. Julius LaRosa went on to well-publicized appearances on the Ed Sullivan Show and followed with several hit records. Arthur Godfrey’s shows, and his career, went into a decline and never recovered.