Buddy Clark

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My great grandfather Buddy Clark died on October 1, 1949 at the age of 37. He was born on July 26, 1912 in Dorchester, Massachusetts. Buddy was raised Jewish and had to change his name from Samuel Goldberg, a Jewish name, to Buddy Clark because he thought he wouldn’t be as successful with a Jewish name.

He had multiple number one hits and albums, including Linda, which he recorded in 1946, after he signed with Columbia Records. He was in a long line of cantors, people who lead others in singing or prayer. He was also in lots of radio shows like the Carnation Radio Hours. He has sang and recorded with Dina Shore and was the first person to record “Baby It’s Cold Outside.”

He was very athletic and played tennis and baseball. He met his first wife Louise because she was the president of the New Yorker’s daughter. Something that not many people know is that there was a movie where the producers didn’t like the actors voice so they replaced it with Buddy’s voice for the whole movie, but he never got credit. He also had terrible stage fright and preferred people to just hear his voice and was nervous when people watched him sing. He had three kids, Katherine, Tommy, and Penny. He had Penny, with Nedra Sanders, but she was tragically killed when a car hit her in the driveway when she was seven years old. His two wives and his daughter all died of bladder cancer.

He died in a private plane crash on his way to a Stanford Michigan game and there weren’t enough seats so he gave his seat up to someone else when the plane was landing and when it crashed he was the only one to die. He has a star on Hollywood Boulevard with his name on it.

Another thing that most people don’t know is that when he died, his wife Nedra married a man named Albert or “Cubby” Broccoli. Albert Broccoli said that Buddy’s children did not exist, so every time a song of his gets played by Columbia Records, his kids are supposed to get money, however Albert got money every time a song was played. Katherine, his daughter, had tried to sue Columbia Records multiple times however, no luck.

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