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Don Cornell
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Intro American singer
Was Singer Actor Jazz musician Television actor
From United States of America
Field Film, TV, Stage & Radio Music
Gender male
Birth 21 April 1919, The Bronx, New York City, New York, USA
Death 23 February 2004, Aventura, Miami-Dade County, Florida, USA (aged 84 years)
Star sign Taurus
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Don Cornell (born Luigi Francisco Varlaro; April 21, 1919 – February 23, 2004) was an American singer.

Early years

Born to an Italian family in The Bronx, New York, Cornell attended Roosevelt High School in the Bronx.


In his teens he played guitar in a band led by jazz trumpeter Red Nichols. When he was eighteen, he was a vocalist in the Sammy Kaye band. He became a solo act in 1949. Between 1950 and 1962, twelve of his records were certified gold. These included "It Isn't Fair" "I'll Walk Alone", "I'm Yours", and "Hold My Hand". He appeared often on television programs hosted by Perry Como, Jackie Gleason, and Arthur Godfrey during the 1950s and 1960s.

When singing at the Beverly Hills Supper Club in Kentucky, he appeared many times on the Ruth Lyons television program and was a substitute host. In 1953, he was on the TV program Chance of a Lifetime. He had a radio program on KGO in San Francisco in 1953.

In 1959, Cornell, comedian Martha Raye, and other investors formed The Big Daddy Mining Company. The company planned to mine "a rich gold vein on a hillside near Coarsegold, California".

Cornell worked as a singer into the 1990s. He and his wife founded the label Iris as a division of MCA to release songs he recorded for Coral and Dot earlier in his career. These albums include Something to Remember Me By and From Italy with Love.

Awards and honors

Cornell was named to the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1963. In 1993, he was inducted into the Big Band Hall of Fame.

His 1952 hit "I" was the only single-character pop chart entry until Prince's No. 7 Billboard Hot 100 hit "7" from 1992 and the only single-letter hit until Xzibit's No. 76 Hot 100 hit "X" from 2000. "Hold My Hand" sold over one million copies and topped the UK Singles Chart in 1954.


Cornell died in Aventura, Florida, from emphysema and diabetes at the age of 84.

Hit records

Year Single Chart positions
1942 "I Left My Heart at the Stagedoor Canteen" 3
"I Came Here to Talk for Joe" 8
1947 "That's My Desire" 2
"The Red Silk Stockings and Green Perfume" 8
"The Little Old Mill" 24
"Serenade of the Bells" 3
"Hand In Hand" 21
"I'll Hate Myself In the Morning" 20
1948 "I Love You, Yes I Do" 10
"Tell Me a Story" 8
"Down Among the Sheltering Palms" 14
1949 "Careless Hands" 3
"Kiss Me Sweet" 29
"Room Full of Roses" 2
"Baby, It's Cold Outside" 12
"It Isn't Fair" 2
1950 "I Need You So" 28
1952 "I'll Walk Alone" 5
"I'm Yours" 3
"This Is the Beginning of the End" 20
"You'll Never Get Away" 17 17
"I" 7 10
"Be Fair" 20
1953 "S'posin'" 28
"She Loves Me" 23 33
"Please Play Our Song" 18
"Heart of My Heart" 10 5
"You're On Trial" 24
1954 "Size 12" 23
"Hold Me" 26
"Believe In Me" 22
"Hold My Hand" 2 6 1
"No Man Is an Island" 21
1955 "Give Me Your Love" 28
"Most of All" 14 16
"The Door Is Still Open to My Heart" flip 22
"Stranger In Paradise" 19
"The Bible Tells Me So" 7 7
"Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing" 26
"Young Abe Lincoln" 25 45
1956 "Teenage Meeting" 80
"Rock Island Line" 59
"See Saw" 57
1957 "My Faith, My Hope, My Love" 57
"Mama Guitar" 47 57
1958 "Play Some Music For Broken Hearts" 95
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