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13 November: Manhattan requiem

Godfrey (left) asked LaRosa to sing "Manhattan" for him . . . right before firing him on the air. (Photo: CBS.)

Godfrey (left) asked LaRosa to sing “Manhattan” for him . . . right before firing him on the air. (Photo: CBS.)

Richard Rodgers once said “Manhattan,” often known colloquially as “I’ll Take Manhattan,” was the song that “made” himself and Lorenz Hart as a songwriting team once and for all. The song also helped make the atmosphere of one of latter-day network radio’s most respected crime dramas in a time when it also helped break singer Julius LaRosa.

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