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Tony Romano

Show Count: 6
Series Count: 0
Role: Old Time Radio Star
Old Time Radio
Born: September 26, 1915
Died: March 4, 2005 , Santa Ana, California

Tony Romano (26 September 1915 – 4 March 2005) was an American jazz guitarist, singer, composer and performer. Romano performed on radio programs and appeared in Hollywood musical productions in the 1930s, 40s and 50s. He became most noted as the "side-man" and musical accompanist to Bob Hope and Frances Langford during their USO tours in World War II, Korean and Vietnam Wars.

Early life 

Romano was born 26 September 1915 in Madera, California, one of nine children of an Italian immigrant shoemaker. According to Romano, his father played both violin and guitar and the entire family was musical. He said, "In our family, if you didn't sing, you didn't eat." In his youth, he played violin but took up the guitar after being inspired by Eddie Lang. At 17, Romano moved to Hollywood where he studied guitar with Paramount Studio's guitarist George Smith.

Source: Wikipedia

Broadcast: September 25, 1943
Added: Sep 28 2014
Broadcast: 14th February 1944
Added: Feb 14 2011
Broadcast: October 16, 1944
Added: Oct 15 2015