It’s New Year’s Eve!
On today’s date in 1929, Guy Lombardo’s New Year’s Eve Party premiered at New York’s iconic Waldorf Astoria Hotel, where Lombardo and His Royal Canadians performed the Robbie Burns’ classic, Auld Lang Syne.
The New Year’s Eve Party would become the longest-running annual special broadcast in radio history.
In 1954, more than 1.5 million viewers tuned in to see the first live telecast. For many years and through several administrations, several U.S. presidents would call Lombardo to wish him well on “Lombardo’s Day.”
For his New Years Eve feat, Lombardo was described by Variety as “the only Canadian ever to create an American tradition.”
On Dec. 17, 1999, as part of its Millennium Collection, Canada Post issued a 46-cent stamp (Scott #1820c) featuring Lombardo. The stamp was issued on a pane of four (SC #1820) dubbed Extraordinary Entertainers. Printed by Ashton-Potter on Tullis Russel paper, the stamps have general tagging along all sides.