Singer, Longtime WNEW-A/New York Host Julius LaRosa Dies At 86
May 16, 2016 at 3:54 AM (PT)
JULIUS LAROSA, who shot to fame as a singer on the ARTHUR GODFREY show before being fired on the air by GODFREY and later becoming a longtime host on WNEW-A/NEW YORK, died THURSDAY (5/12) at his home in CRIVITZ, WI at 86.
The BROOKLYN native, hired by GODFREY out of the NAVY, was a popular member of GODFREY's cast on radio and TV in 1951-53, scoring hit records and achieving stardom until GODFREY, reportedly upset that LAROSA had signed with an agent and with CADENCE RECORDS (owned by GODFREY's bandleader ARCHIE BLEYER), fired LAROSA on the air on OCTOBER 19, 1953 on the radio show, following a LAROSA song by saying "That was JULIE's swan song" and later saying that he had fired LAROSA for lacking "humility". GODFREY fired BLEYER as well. LAROSA subsequently continued his singing career on several TV shows and his own summer replacement show on NBC in 1956 and 1957, and acted on the NBC soap opera "ANOTHER WORLD." He recorded for RCA as well as CADENCE.
On the radio, LAROSA hosted at WNEW for many years, and most recently hosted at the short-lived Adult Standards successor to WNEW, WNSW-A/NEWARK-NEW YORK, in 1999.