Through his love for popular music, Julius La Rosa has become well-versed in musical history, and he is outspoken about his opinions. He has definite likes and dislikes, and he enjoys sharing his ideas.
Like most singers, he is first attracted
to the lyrics and as a story-teller, he prefers ballads:
On Lorenz Hart:
La Rosa relates what he admits is probably an apocryphal story about Lorenz Hart, the master rhymester. Hart was sitting in a restaurant when a stranger came up and challenged him to rhyme "Coolidge." Hart thought a minute and began tapping to a beat:
On Sammy Cahn:
One of La Rosa's early favorite songs was "Bei Mir Bist du Schon," and years later, one of the treasured aspects of being in show business was getting to know the song's lyricist, Sammy Cahn, and becoming his friend and occasional lunch companion. He wrote a tribute for Sheet Music Magazine on the occasion of one of Cahn's birthdays. The title told all -- "Picking My Favorite Sammy Cahn Song -or- Sam, You Made The List Too Long!"
On Johnny Mercer:
In the past few years, La Rosa joined other performers contributing to "Johnny Mercer tributes".found in THE JOHNNY MERCER EDUCATIONAL ARCHIVES. To read full text of Julius La Rosa's tribute, click here.
On Harry Warren:
(The song ends: "I know I've never
but my heart is very sure,
no one else can love you more.")
About a year ago, La Rosa received
a request from someone who was putting together a collection of celebrities'
favorite certain quotes, and the reason a particular selection was submitted
by La Rosa:
-- For almost a decade, Julius La Rosa was a disc jockey on
In April 1999, La Rosa was back, this time on WNJR, 1430, hosting, "The Make-Believe Ballroom" daily from 9am to 1pm. That show has been cancelled.
-- La Rosa has performed in an eclectic mix of
Come Blow Your Horn
6 Rms Riv Vu
Kiss Me Kate
Guys and Dolls
West Side Story
In 1980, Julius La Rosa was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Daytime Emmy for his work as Reynaldo on Another World.
Johnny Mercer --
June 1995 - the New York JVC Jazz Festival, with Margaret Whiting, Ben Tucker, Emma Kelly, The Lady Chablis and others in the concert version of prize-winning book, Midnight In The Garden of Good and Evil. The concert is based on the songs of Johnny Mercer. La Rosa later traveled with the show.
He was also featured in "Hooray for Johnny" with Margaret Whiting.
La Rosa is a frequent guest on -"Jim Lowe and Friends" Fridays at 3pm on WRTN - 93.5FM, and 7pm on WVOX -1460AM.
-- La Rosa enjoys writing, and some samples of his thoughts
on Johnny Mercer and Frank
Sinatra can be found by clicking on the names.