Addio, cumpare.
Addio, cumpare. (Photo: Maurice Seymour)

Julius La Rosa dies ... in Crivitz?!

To you, Julius La Rosa was the guy who was famously fired on the air by Arthur Godfrey. To me, he's that guy singing "Eh, Cumpari" and "Mama Rosa" on 45s I inherited from my grandmother. La Rosa died last week at age 86 ... in Crivitz.

I'm no expert on the Italian-American singer, so I'll suggest you read the obituary

in The New York Times. It also has the story of his humiliating firing.

La Rosa was born in Brooklyn and went to high school in Queens, and spent 42 years living in Westchester County, N.Y. But he died at home in Crivitz, which makes me think...

1. Julius La Rosa died in Crivitz?!


2. I've driven through Crivitz on a number of occasions. You mean I could've met Julius La Rosa?

Apparently not, because La Rosa moved there just recently, according to

"'He and his wife moved to Crivitz, a small town in northeastern Wisconsin, only last November,' said Smith, who added that her mother was originally from Wisconsin. She said the La Rosa family vacationed in Wisconsin every summer and spent every other Christmas with her mother's family. Smith also said her brother, Christopher, lives in Crivitz.

"'It's a different way of life but he was ready for that,' she said. 'He didn't need the hustle and the bustle at 86 years old. He loved Wisconsin'."


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