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Nick Lucas (I) (1897–1982)

Known in the "Roaring Twenties" as "the crooning Troubadour", Nick Lucas was one of the early stars of American popular music. He was a well-established, influential singer and guitarist. Nick would become one of the most popular crooners on radio. Nick Lucas was born in Newark, New Jersey in 1897. His birth name was Dominic Nicholas Anthony ... See full bio »

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 1974 The Great Gatsby
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 1951 Disc Jockey
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 1939 Yankee Doodle Home (Short)
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 1935 Vitaphone Headliners (Short)
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Sweetheart Time (1926). Musical comedy. Music by Walter Donaldson and Joseph Meyer. Book by Harry B. Smith. Lyrics by Ballard MacDonald and Irving Caesar. Based on "Never Say Die" by William H. Post and William Collier. Music orchestrated by Stephen Jones, Maurice De Packh and [error]. Musical Director: John L. McManus. Costume... See more »

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[on recording trouble with wax cylinders, around 1921] The tuba player and myself had to sit way back in the studio because when you blow notes out of the tuba it's too loud - the needle would jump off the cylinder and they'd have to start all over again. Same with the banjo. So I brought up the idea one morning of bringing my guitar to the studio and Sam [Lanin] put me under the horn. Visualize ... See more »


His gentle, high tenor voice was the acknowledged inspiration for entertainer Tiny Tim. They even had the same theme song, "Tip-Toe Through the Tulips." The two men eventually became friends, and, when, on December 17, 1969, Tim married first wife Miss Vicki (Vicki Budinger) on "The Tonight Show," Lucas was there, at his request, to sing "Tulips." See more »

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