Big Band singer Don Cornell, Feb. 23

Don Cornell, a Big Band singer who scored a string of hits and gold records during the 1950s and early 1960s, died Monday, Feb. 23, 2004. He was 84. Cornell died at Aventura Hospital and Medical Center near Miami from advanced emphysema and diabetes, said Zora Pergl-Cary, his personal assistant. Cornell got his start with trumpeter Red Nichols and big band leader Sammy Kaye before launching a successful solo career. Between 1950 and 1962, Cornell chalked up 12 gold records with hits such as ``It Isn't Fair,'' ``I'm Yours,'' ``I'll Walk Alone,'' and ``Hold My Hand.'' His singing career spanned more than 40 years and more than 50 million records sold. Cornell was honored in 1963 as one of the first stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and was inducted into the Big Band Hall of Fame in 1993.
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