Russ Columbo and the Crooner Mystique
ISBN10: 0922915806 ISBN13: 9780922915804 Contributors: Penna, Dennis Publisher: Feral House Published: Oct 1 2002 Pages: 260 Weight: 1.05lbs. Height: 9.00" Width: 6.00" Depth: 0.75" Language: English
In the early '30s, Russ Columbo, dubbed the "Vocal Valentino," rivaled Bing Crosby in a widely publicized "Battle of the Baritones." But his looks, charm, and beautiful voice also had a haunted side. Just two days after he attended a Hollywood sneak preview of the movie that gave him his first leading role, Columbo was killed by a wayward bullet - the climax in a chain of mysterious circumstances. In a narrative full of passion, as well as showbiz personalities like Pola Negri and Carole Lombard, Russ Columbo and the Crooner Mystique combines a remarkable collection of Columbo's letters, diary entries, scrapbook clippings, and other personal effects - all woven with an intimate biography that pleads the case for romantic balladeers.