The last of the big band-era “boy singers,” Don Cornell, is set to perform at 8 p.m. on Friday in Texas Station’s Dallas Events Center. For ticket information, call Texas Station at (702) 631-7000.
Cornell, born Luigi Francisco Valaro, entered the “biz” as a teenager when he joined the band of trumpet player, Red Nichols. The “boy singer” didn’t even begin as a singer; he joined Nichols’ band as a guitarist after a brief boxing career. The Big Band Hall of Fame inductee has sold over 50 million records and earned 12 gold records between 1950-1962. Cornell’s classics It Isn’t Fair, I’m Yours, I’ll Walk Alone and Hold My Hand earned him legions of fans and regular guest appearances on 1950s television shows.
Cornell released Something to Remember Me By, a double CD collection of hits, and From Italy With Love. The re-emergence of the big band sound has made Cornell a “new” act with fans discovering the “boy singer.”