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Don Cornell in Person from 1/4/97

Don CornellChris Valenti with Don Cornell

Here's Chris Valenti with Don in 1992 at The Concord in the Catskills

 Don Cornell was a dear friend of the family for so many years and when he passed in February of 2004 we were heart broken. Don will always be most remembered for his recording of It Isn't Fair. Enjoy all of his hits and more.

 Short Bio for Don Cornell

Don Cornell (April 21, 1919 – February 23, 2004) was an American singer of the 1940s and 1950s.

Born Luigi Varlaro in The Bronx, New York, Cornell got his start with trumpeter Red Nichols and bandleader Sammy Kaye before going solo. He sold over 50 million records. Among his hits were "It Isn't Fair," "I'm Yours," "I'll Walk Alone," and "Hold My Hand." His version of "Hold My Hand" sold over one million copies, and topped the UK Singles Chart in 1954. In 1993, he was inducted into the Big Band Hall of Fame where his photo hangs not too far from host Chris Valenti's. He was also a member of  Tau Kappa Epsilon International Fraternity.

He was among the top headliners, appearing on the nightclub circuit during the 1950's, when there were numerous such venues across the nation. Unlike many stars, he was very affable, and far from reclusive, aloof or distant when in public. When headlining at the Beverly Hills Supper Club, Southgate, Kentucky - in metropolitan Cincinnati - he appeared many times on the highly-popular  Ruth Lyons noon television program. He was so popular and engaging, and such a favorite of its star and viewers, that he actually hosted the show during some of Ms. Lyons' periodic absences.

In 1979 Cornell moved to Florida with his wife Iris. He died in Aventura, Florida from emphysema and diabetes at the age of 84 and continued performing right to the end. A true natural.

Learn more about Don by visiting his web site

Hit Records 

Year Single Chart positions
US UK
1942 "I Left My Heart At the Stagedoor Canteen"(with Sammy Kaye) 3
"I Came Here To Talk For Joe"(with Sammy Kaye) 8
1947 "That's My Desire"(with Sammy Kaye) 2
"The Red Silk Stockings and Green Perfume"(with Sammy Kaye) 8
"The Little Old Mill"(with Sammy Kaye) 24
"Serenade of the Bells"(with Sammy Kaye) 3
"Hand In Hand"(with Sammy Kaye & Laura Leslie) 21
"I'll Hate Myself In the Morning"(with Sammy Kaye & Laura Leslie) 20
1948 "I Love You, Yes I Do"(with Sammy Kaye) 10
"Tell Me a Story"(with Sammy Kaye) 8
"Down Among the Sheltering Palms"(with Sammy Kaye) 14
1949 "Careless Hands"(with Sammy Kaye) 3
"Kiss Me Sweet"(with Sammy Kaye & Laura Leslie) 29
"Room Full of Roses"(with Sammy Kaye) 2
"Baby, It's Cold Outside"(with Sammy Kaye & Laura Leslie) 12
"It Isn't Fair"(with Sammy Kaye) 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"(with Teresa Brewer) 17
"I" 7
1953 "S'posin'" 28
"She Loves Me" 23
"Please Play Our Song" 18
"Heart of My Heart"(with Alan Dale & Johnny Desmond) 10
"You're On Trial" 24
1954 "Size 12" 23
"Believe In Me" 22
"Hold My Hand" 2 1
1955 "Most of All" 14
"The Door Is Still Open To My Heart" flip
"Stranger In Paradise" 19
"The Bible Tells Me So" 7
"Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing" 26
"Young Abe Lincoln" 25
1956 "Teenage Meeting" 80
"Rock Island Line" 59
"See Saw" 57
1957 "Mama Guitar" 47

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