As we usher in the New Year, many around the world sing "Auld Lang Syne" to bid farewell to the year gone by. But where did this tune come from and how did it come to be so popular? Take a minute to get the scoop!
AULD LANG SYNE ~ GUY LOMBARDO ~ 1947 Version ℅ YouTube
Guy Lombardo’s orchestra played at the Roosevelt Grill in the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City from 1929 to 1959, and from then until 1976 at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel. Live broadcasts (and later telecasts) of their performances were a large part of New Year's celebrations across North America; millions of people watched the show with friends at house parties.
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As we usher in the New Year, many around the world sing "Auld Lang Syne" to bid farewell to the year gone by.
The text is taken from a poem by Robert Burns which was based on an older Scottish folk song. The title may be translated into "old long since" or, less literally, "long long ago".
"Auld Lang Syne" has been translated into many languages, and sung all over the world. The song's pentatonic scale matches scales used in Korea, Japan, India, and China just to name a few.
But it was Guy Lombardo who popularized this tune over almost half a century with his band, the Royal Canadians during New Year’s Eve celebrations in Time Square, New York.
The band's first New Year's Eve radio broadcast was in 1928; within a few years, they were heard live on the CBS Radio Network. Their performances were a large part of New Year's celebrations across North America and because of this popularity, Lombardo was nicknamed "Mr. New Year's Eve".