Talk about an old acquaintance who’s been forgot and never brought to mind.
Those are essentially the lyrics immortalized by Guy Lombardo, who may be the most commercially successful musician in Canadian history — and they serve as a mournful tune for his frayed legacy, a long note, fading into silence.
“He represents music and the fulfillment of dreams,” Nick Panaseiko of the Royal Canadian Big Band Music Festival, said a decade ago. “He is an all-around icon.”
Or, at least, he was.
Born Gaetano Lombardo Jr. in London, Ont., in 1902, Guy Lombardo and some of his brothers formed a big band that drifted from their Canadian roots to U.S. stages — sparking a stunning run of success that’s arguably unmatched among other Canadian performers (take that Celine Dion and Justin Bieber).