Saturday, November 04, 2006

The Leader of the Hotsy Totsy Boys

Bob Lido is what you call a "quadruple threat". He could sing, play the violin, be a comedian and lead Lawrence Welk's Hotsy Totsy Boys, named after the maestro's first band when they were based out of South Dakota.

The native of Jersey City, NJ played with Carmen Cavarello's band before joining up with the Welk orchestra around 1953, where for more than thirty years, showed off his diverse musical talents. Bob was also best friends with another popular Welk music maker, Aladdin Pallante....who also played the violin and was known for his inspirational recitations.

He passed away in August 2000, from complications of a stroke.

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