During his five decades in show business, Don Cornell sold more than 50 million records.
The big band singer scored a string of hits during the 1950s and early ’60s, including “It Isn’t Fair,” “I’m Yours,” “Most of All,” “Hold My Hand” and “Love Is a Many Splendored Thing.” His classic baritone was perfectly suited to the popular crooning of the pre-rock ‘n’ roll era.
Cornell sang and played guitar with trumpeter Red Nichols and big band leader Sammy Kaye until World War II when he served in the U.S. Air Force. Once his military service ended, Cornell rejoined Kaye and performed on several of the band’s minor hits before launching his solo career.
Considered a staple on the club circuit in Atlantic City and Las Vegas, Cornell continued performing into his 80s. In 1963, he received one of the first stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He was inducted into the Big Band Hall of Fame 30 years later.
Cornell died on Feb. 23 from advanced emphysema and diabetes. He was 84.