Subject: ARCHIVE: October 1, 1949 ~Buddy Clark, American popular singer of the 1930s & 1940s, whose post-War career blossomed as one of the nation's top crooners with hits like "Linda", sadly killed in a plane crash a few short years later. And whose family was struck by tragedy soon after. ...
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Date Posted:Monday, October 01, 12:07:45pm
American popular singer of the 1930s and 1940s. In the late 1940s, after his return from service in World War II,
his career blossomed and he became one of the nation's top crooners. He died in a plane crash in 1949. ...
[ Samuel Goldberg ]
(July 26, 1912 - October 1, 1949)
Life and career ...
Clark was born Samuel Goldberg to Jewish parents in Dorchester, Massachusetts. He made his Big Band singing debut in 1932 as a tenor, with Gus Arnheim's orchestra, but was not successful. Singing baritone, he gained wider notice in 1934, with Benny Goodman on the Let's Dance radio program. In 1936 he began performing on the show Your Hit Parade, and remained until 1938. In the mid-1930s he signed with Vocalion Records, having a top-20 hit with "Spring Is Here". …
...He continued recording, appearing in movies, and dubbing other actors' voices until he entered the military, but did not have another hit until the late 1940s. Personally, Buddy Clark married Louise Hitz, stepdaughter of famed hotelier Ralph Hitz in 1935, with the marriage producing two children (Tommy and Katherine), before they divorced in 1940, with guardianship going to Louise. Soon after, Clark married aspiring actress Nedra Sanders-Evans, in 1941. The couple had a daughter in June 1943, while Buddy was serving in WWII.
In 1946 he signed with Columbia Records and scored his biggest hit with the song
"Linda" recorded in November of that year, but hitting its peak in the following spring. ... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ynyn3UQPlWU
..."Linda" was written especially for the six-year-old daughter of a show business lawyer named Lee Eastman, whose client, songwriter Jack Lawrence, wrote the song at Lee’s request. Upon reaching adulthood, Linda became famous as a photographer, a musician (as a member of Wings, the 1970s band headed by her husband, former Beatle Paul McCartney), and a prominent spokeswoman for animal rights.
1947 also saw hits for Clark with such titles as "How Are Things in Glocca Morra?" (from the musical Finian's Rainbow), which made the Top Ten, "Peg O' My Heart", "An Apple Blossom Wedding", and "I'll Dance at Your Wedding". The following year he had another major hit with "Love Somebody" (a duet with Doris Day, selling a million and reaching #1 on the charts) and nine more chart hits, and extended his success into 1949 with a number of hits, both solo and duetting with Day and Dinah Shore. A month after his death, his recording of "A Dreamer's Holiday" hit the charts.
On Saturday, October 1, 1949, hours after the 37-year-old had completed a Club Fifteen broadcast on CBS Radio with The Andrews Sisters—subbing for ailing host Dick Haymes—Clark joined five friends in renting a small plane to attend a Stanford vs. Michigan State college football game. On the way back to Los Angeles after the game, the plane ran out of fuel, lost altitude, and crashed on Beverly Boulevard in West Los Angeles. Clark didn't survive the crash. Clark's last radio broadcast found him in very high spirits, clowning with Maxene, LaVerne, and Patty Andrews. He joined them for a comical rendition of "Baby Face," during which Buddy amused the CBS studio audience, as well as the famous swing trio of sisters, with his spot-on Al Jolson impression.
Buddy Clark was buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, CA.,
in the Everlasting Love section, Lot 810, Space 1. …
He was survived by his children Tommy and Katherine (by previous marriage), his widow Nedra, and their young daughter Penny. But Nedra was beset by tragedy for MANY years prior, notably during her years married to first husband William Evans. But in 1941, while in the process of divorcing him, Evans MURDERED their 2 year old Douglas, AND Nedra's mother Ethyl, who was trying to protect them. Somehow Nedra found love again, marrying crooner Buddy Clark, the following year. The two had a daughter Penny, born in 1943. After Clark served his tour in WWII military, he returned to success as a recording artist. But a few short years after his return, his was killed in a small aircraft crash on a busy Los Angeles city street. Within the year, just 10 short months after Clark's death, in August 1950, their little 7 year old daughter Penny was struck by an automobile in her Brentwood neighborhood, and killed instantly. Remarkably, Nedra found console in would-be-producer Albert 'Cubby' Broccoli, and the two were married 1951. Soon after Cubby launched his film production company -and later 007 film franchise. In the early years of their marriage, Nedra was unable to conceive another child. They instead adopted a young baby boy named Tony. Shortly afterwards Nedra became pregnant after all, and gave birth to a girl in January 1956, whom they named Tina.
...But sadly, tragic fate stepped in again, and Nedra died of cancer in September 1958, and only age 39.
Buddy's widow Nedra Sanders Clark-Broccoli (February 28, 1919 – September 23, 1958) was buried
beside Buddy (though she was interred under her current married name of 'Broccoli', and Buddy
and Nedra's daughter, Penny (June 5, 1943 – August 14, 1950).
Jerry Vale's first album, I Remember Buddy (1958), was a tribute to Clark. ...
For his contributions to the music industry, he has a star on the
Hollywood Walk of Fame on 6800 Hollywood Boulevard. ...