Tuesday, June 5, 2012

The Ray Belmonte Duo

 I found a sealed copy of this LP at the Goodwill.
A quick internet search reveals this:
The Ray Belmonte duo was a classic lounge comedy from the mid-60's with great one liners, song standards, and general buffoonery.
They were an early sixties Canadian lounge act.  With bad jokes and  musical parodies (Hello Dolly, Shanty In Shanty Town, etc.) the Duo were seen as up-and-comers.
A link to the MP3 can be found here.

Sadly there is more to the story...
I'm sure that this sealed copy actually belonged to Ray Belmonte who passed away late last year. I also bought a book on old bicycles at the same Goodwill in Etobicoke and inside found a change of address card addressed to... Mr. Ray Belmonte. His remaining possessions were obviously donated. In any case have a listen to his act, although dated there are some choice moments...
The address card and the
obituary below.

Ramon “Ray” Belmont

Suddenly, at home, on Wednesday, November 23, 2011, at the age of 79. Beloved companion of Barbara. Dear brother of Eileen Infuso, the late Verna Giunta, the late Corinne Mackie and the late James Belmont. Ray will be missed by his many nieces, nephews, family and friends. A celebration of Ray’s life will be held at 11 o’clock on Saturday, December 3, 2011 at the Mimico Cruising Club, 200 Humber Bay Park Rd. W., Toronto, 416-252-7737. For those who wish, donations may be made to the Parkinson’s Society of Canada or the Heart & Stroke Foundation.

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