Robert Goulet – A Different Kind Of Crooner   5 comments

Robert Goulet certainly fit the crooner mold in many ways, with his smooth baritone singing voice and looks and style that made ladies swoon, but unlike many he didn’t have a history as a band singer and he also wasn’t a huge recording star. Although he sold a lot of albums, his highest charting single — “My Love Forgive Me” — is probably less remembered than songs that more directly reflected his Broadway heritage, like “Come Back To Me, My Love,” “The Impossible Dream,” and his signature song from Camelot, “If Ever I Would Leave You.”

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The son of French-Canadians, Robert Gerard Goulet was actually born in Massachusetts but spent a lot of his childhood in Canada, and it was there that the young singer first began showing up on TV in the early 1950s. Within a few years he’d moved to New York and was working his way up on Broadway. His breakout role as Lancelot in Lerner & Loewe’s Camelot (which starred Julie Andrews and Richard Burton) allowed him to begin the decade of the 1960s as a rising star.

Although Goulet would continue to be a popular performer in subsequent years, he always seemed to miss the brass ring of major stardom. He kept busy with guest singing appearances on TV and a return to Broadway led to a Tony win, but when he tried for a conventional acting career he found less success. He did have a few small but interesting roles, and even had his own TV show for a short while, but movie stardom was not in the cards.

In his later years he stayed busy, appearing in Broadway revivals from time to time while remaining a familiar face on TV, including game show appearances and the occasional commercial. He also sold a lot of record albums to his dedicated fans, but unfortunately ill health began to slow him down. Tragically, he died (at age 73) in 2007 while awaiting a lung transplant.

rgcdRobert Goulet – “If Ever I Would Leave You”

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5 responses to “Robert Goulet – A Different Kind Of Crooner

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  1. HI, You touched on an old favorite. Loved his voice. He was on my list with Crosby, Tony Martin, Sinnotra
    Thanks form refreshing my memories

    Rose Mary Palmer
  2. Glad you liked it. Thanks for writing.

  3. A wonderful intense voice and he had the looks to be a star. Maybe he was a bit too operatic to fit in the jazz mold ? Some less interesting voices had big careers…

    Ravel, Montreal, Quebec
  4. My dad loved Robert Goulet, so did I. My favorite song was his rendition of “If Ever I Would Leave You.”

  5. Still lots of fans out there.

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