Johnny Desmond Collection

Identifier: MUSIC-038

Collection Overview

Scope and Contents

Collection contains promotional documents, sheet music, and television scripts written by or about singing and television star Johnny Desmond. This small collection focuses largely on Desmond's pivot away from recording to work in television in the late 1950s. Of particular note are the drawings, scripts, and other information about the TV series that Desmond created in the late 1950s, which he intended to star in. None of the programs aired. While Desmond had some success in television and stage acting, this collection, though small, offers some insight into Desmond's plans to pivot into acting later in his career.


  • 1945 - 1959


1 Boxes

Biographical / Historical

Johnny Desmond (born Giovanni Alfredo de Simone) was a popular singer born in Detroit, MI on November 14, 1919. He had an affinity for music at a young age and made a splash in the nightclub circuit. He was hired by Bob Crosby’s band in 1940 before enlisting in WW2. After the war, worked at The Breakfast Club, a radio program out of Chicago, and recorded many of his hit songs. Desmond was featured in several films and television shows and eventually became a co-star of the television series Glenn Miller Time. He went on to Broadway in his later years and died of cancer in 1985.

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This collection has been arranged into the following series:

Sheet music, 1945-1950 Press and newsclippings, 1950-1958 Guitarman television series, 1959 Closeups and Shadows television series, 1959 Lefty television series, 1959 Marketing and promotional materials, undated

Related Materials

The Music Library and Bill Schurk Sound Archives at BGSU holds nearly 200 recordings and books that feature Desmond, searchable in the online catalog.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Recieved from unknown donor on unknown date
Guide to the Johnny Desmond collection
David Lewis
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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