Singer, actor and athlete Arthur "Art" Earl Lund Jr. died May 31, 1990. He was 75.
A Salt Lake native, Mr. Lund attended South High School and graduated from Westminster College in Salt Lake City in 1935 with a degree in mathematics and English. He received an athletic scholarship to attend Eastern Kentucky State Teacher's College where he lettered in seven sports and earned a master's in meteorology. In Kentucky, he was a Little All-American football player and a Golden Gloves boxing champion.While coaching high school football in Maysville, Ky., Mr. Lund sang in nightclubs during the summer. It was here that Benny Goodman heard him sing and invited him to New York for an audition. He signed on as Goodman's lead singer in 1941, and recorded such chart-busters as Irving Berlin's "Blue Skies," "My Blue Heaven" and "On the Alamo."
After the big band era, Mr. Lund shifted to Broadway musicals and starred in "Destry Rides Again," "Fiorello." In 1956 he won the leading role in his favorite, "The Most Happy Fella." He appeared in such films as "The Molly MaGuires" and "Last Marine Hero" and on television shows including "Gunsmoke," "Kojak," "Winds of War" and "Little House on the Prairie."
Salt Lakers may remember him best while he was on tour and performed in five shows at the former Valley Music Hall in North Salt Lake, or when he sang with the Salt Lake Philharmonic as a featured guest at the Days of '47 Pops Concert in 1985.