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Julius La Rosa

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Julius La Rosa singing while in the US Navy

Source: New Library Collection of University of Maryland

Julius La Rosa (born January 2, 1930) is an American traditional popular music singer who has worked in both radio and television since the nineteen fifties. La Rosa was born in Brooklyn, New York. He joined the United States Navy in 1947 after finishing high school becoming a radioman who sang informally. The young sailor's Navy buddies managed to promote him to Godfrey - at the time one of America's leading radio and television personalities, and himself a Naval Reserve officer, whom the Navy often accommodated as a nod to the good publicity he gave the service. Arthur Godfrey, a personality in the early years of network television, heard LaRosa in Pensacola, Florida, where LaRosa was stationed, and offered him a job. Godfrey, for his part, was impressed by La Rosa's singing and had him flown to New York to appear on his television show, with Godfrey ending the spot by saying, "When Julie gets out of the Navy he'll come back to see us."

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