Kenny Gardner
Date of Birth
Jan 01, 1911

Biography

The lead singer for Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians for nearly 30 years, Kenny Gardner's airy voice and smooth crooning became synonymous with the band's trademark smooth style. Born in Lakeview, IA, in March 1913, Gardner joined the band after Lombardo's sister Elaine heard the singer on the radio in 1940. Later married to Elaine, Gardner quickly clicked with the band, resulting in such memorable tunes as "Enjoy Yourself, It's Later Than You Think and "Frankie and Johnny." A brief departure to serve in World War II found Gardner returning stateside a wounded veteran though the recipient of a Purple Heart. Upon his return the singer would rejoin the band until Guy Lombardo's death in 1978. Three short years after his wife's death in 1999, Gardner died after suffering a heart attack as the result of an appendectomy. He was 89. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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