Russ Columbo: an American tragedy

(Canscene) — Ruggiero Eugenio di Rodolpho Columbo, publicly known as singer – violinist Russ Columbo met an untimely accidental death from the misfiring of an antique pistol.

At 26, Columbo was heading into a career that would have seen him neck and neck with Bing and also, like Crosby beginning to show some flair as an actor.

To get some of the Columbo flavour, try conjuring up a YouTube excerpt from Walter Winchell’s film Broadway Thru a Keyhole and take it from there through other examples of Columbo’s velvety delivery.

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