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Julius La Rosa (1930 - 2016)

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Julius La Rosa (1930 - 2016)

Julius La Rosa, a pop singer known for his hit song “Eh, Cumpari,” has died, according to The Associated Press. He was 86.

His death was confirmed Saturday by his daughter, Maria La Rosa Smith, and Joe Charapata of the Rhodes-Charapata Funeral Home. Smith said her father died in his sleep of natural causes May 12 at his home in Crivitz, Wisconsin.

La Rosa was born in Brooklyn, New York. He joined the Navy and sang in the Navy choir.

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He auditioned for Arthur Godfrey while in the Navy and was hired by Godfrey to be a performer on his variety show “Arthur Godfrey and His Friends” as soon as he was discharged.

La Rosa was very popular on the show and eventually was receiving thousands of fan letters each week. Godfrey and La Rosa had a falling out, however, and La Rosa was infamously fired by Godfrey during a live broadcast.

La Rosa was then hired by Ed Sullivan to appear on his show “The Toast the Town” and later he hosted his own show, “The Julius La Rosa Show.”

He had his biggest hit record in 1953 with the song “Eh, Cumpari,” which made it to No. 2 on the Billboard charts.

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