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Julius La Rosa
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La Rosa in 1955
Background information
Born (1930-01-02)January 2, 1930
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Died May 12, 2016(2016-05-12) (aged 86)
Crivitz, Wisconsin, U.S.
Genres Traditional pop music
Years active 1951–2016
Labels Cadence, RCA Victor, Roulette, MGM, Crewe, Metromedia
Spouse(s) Rosemary Meyer (1956-2016; his death); 2 children

Julius La Rosa (January 2, 1930 – May 12, 2016) was an American traditional pop music singer. La Rosa was born in Brooklyn, New York. He worked in both radio and television beginning in the 1950s. He was known for his songs "Anywhere I Wander", "Manhattan", and "Eh, Cumpari".

Early years

La Rosa was born in Brooklyn, New York, where he attended P.S. 123K in Bushwick. At age 17, he joined the United States Navy after finishing high school, becoming a radioman. He sang in a Navy choir, at the officers' club, and at bars to pay for his drinks.

Personal life and death

He and his wife lived for over 40 years in Irvington, New York, until November 2015 when they moved to Crivitz, Wisconsin, where he died of natural causes on May 12, 2016, at age 86.

La Rosa was a frequent contributor to comedian Jerry Lewis' annual Labor Day telethon programs for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, often hosting the New York outpost of the shows.

Albums

  • Julius La Rosa (RCA Victor, 1956)
  • The Port of Love (Guest Star, 1959)
  • On the Sunny Side (Roulette, 1959)
  • Love Songs à La Rosa (Roulette, 1959)
  • You're Gonna Hear from Me (MGM, 1966)
  • Hey Look Me Over (MGM, 1967)
  • Words (Metromedia, 1971)

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