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12 Things That I Miss About Robert Goulet

Updated on September 3, 2016
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Kenneth has been a member of HubPages for five years. He is retired from a 23-year career in the weekly newspaper business.

Robert Goulet "Wonderful Word of Love"
Robert Goulet "Wonderful Word of Love" | Source

Goulet, briefly

  • Goulet was married three times. First to Louise Longmore on March 8, 1956 until they divorced in 1963. Then to Broadway princess, Carol Lawrence, whom he married Nov. 12, 1963 and they were divorced in 1981. Goulet's third wife is Vera Goulet whom he married Oct. 17, 1982 until Oct. 2007 at time of his death. He had three children--two with Lawrence and one with Longmore.

I may have gone bonkers

with this piece, but to my knowledge which is very limited I might add. But as a gesture of my own pursuit of personal guilty pleasure, I pray that I am the first to publish a piece of this nature not for fame, glory, cash or even an honored nomination for some title that HubPages is giving very soon and that is it.

I hate to sound boorish, but I cannot make myself care if anyone laughs at this hub or even finds dislike in their heart for my text. I like it. And I am responsible for its content and very proud of that content if you ask me.

No cruises or trips to Branson, MO.

for this old man, meaning myself. I guess that the only places I might find remaining traces of song legend, Robert Goulet these days are on of those high-end "Legends of Hollywood" cruises or at what I thought was going to be his own musical theater and restaurant in Branson, Missouri which I heard (in low whispers) is soon to be called the "New Nashville."

I cannot afford either of these venues to hear stories about Goulet who has graced Broadway and The Ed Sullivan Show for much of his life and according to sources, never let the fame or fortune change his humble heart.

Sadly, Goulet has been gone from us since his demise on October 30, 2007 at age 73. He had been awaiting a lung transplant at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles after being found to have a rare form of pulmonary fibrosis, said Goulet spokesman Norm Johnson in a press release Oct. 15, 2015.

Frontier Robert Goulet 1971
Frontier Robert Goulet 1971 | Source
These two worked together  on a TV Special at the  Fountainbleau Hotel in  Miami Beach
These two worked together on a TV Special at the Fountainbleau Hotel in Miami Beach | Source

Robert Goulet . . .

was not only a super-gifted singer, but as a person, gave untold riches and gifts to the under-privileged for as he said, "I have many gifts. They have only (a) life. If one of my gifts to them (the needy), can make their lives a bit easier, this I shall do."

Not many entertainers of his generation were this generous.

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I openly confess

without shame or apology that I truly miss Robert Goulet. I can easily recall watching Goulet and his lovely wife, Carol Lawrence sing in near-perfect harmony on Sunday nights on The Ed Sullivan Show that my parents and I watched on my grandparents' black and white Zenith because we did not own a television yet.

Even with a list of personal and entertainment accomplishments that would fill an entire section in any library, I sometimes wonder where he would have spent his retirement days if he had lived. Then I think: such questions are not for us to answer.

(This one's for you, Robert.)

12.) No one before or after Goulet will ever look as sharp in a tuxedo as he did while performing. This includes Tony Bennett, Burt Reynolds, Alan Alda, and Jay Leno.

11.) His hypnotic smile. I ask you to be honest. Didn't you suddenly feel great when you saw that smile he wore while singing or playing a role in a high-budget movie?

10.) That rich baritone voice that God gave him as a child. No singer since has ever equaled Goulet on stage or recording in the singing area.

9.) His dry sense of humor and his love for pulling practical jokes on his friends and audiences.

8.) His natural ability to attract such lovely ladies as his second wife, Carol Lawrence, also an accomplished singer in her own right and in latter years, had a major role on "General Hospital."

7.) Every race of people loved Robert Goulet. Not many singers today in any genre of music can lay claim to this fact.

6.) No actor or singer will ever look as good as Robert Goulet in a turtle neck sweater. This fact includes Perry Como.

5.) His natural talent for making believable poses for his numerous album covers.

4.) One of Goulet's many talents was acting as he were singing to just one person or couple in his audiences which were mostly sold-out affairs in nightclubs and in Las Vegas.

3.) Goulet was the only singer of that generation who ever intimidated Frank Sinatra.

2.) I miss how cooperative he was while negotiating a contract for a club in Las Vegas or Palm Beach. We never, or at least I didn't see shameful stories about him cursing the motel entertainment manager and storming out of the meeting because he wasn't the highest paid singer ever to appear at that club.

1.) He wore his mustache with such class that no actor or singer has since made the mustache look so classy and accepted.

R.I.P. Robert. You have truly earned it.

Good night, Cicero, Illinois.

"Years ago I wanted to look and sing like the legendary, Bobby Darrin, but now with the publishing of this piece about Robert Goulet, I am almost ready to change my wish to looking and singing like Goulet."

— Me, Ken Avery
Robert Goulet the ad man
Robert Goulet the ad man | Source

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      Kenneth Avery 19 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hi, Shyron,

      Thanks for your comment which I loved. Are you referring to the true Country Music BEFORE the Pop stars got involved?

      I have great news for you. A friend of mine who is the associate operations manager for a local FM station that had a Southern Gospel Music format. Now they are Classic Country and I mean Classic.

      The Southern Gospel was moved to a new part of their station so everyone is happy.

      Take care and write me anytime.

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      Kenneth Avery 19 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hi, breakfastpop,

      Me neither. Sad fact of life. In my case when I get attached

      to someone of this station in life, they either get deported,

      arrested, sent to jail forever or die.

      But in Robert's case, I loved his voice.

      Nice to hear from you, BP.

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      breakfastpop 19 months ago

      I can't believe he's dead!

    • Shyron E Shenko profile image

      Shyron E Shenko 19 months ago from Texas

      Thank you Kenneth for this treat, I love music from every genre (i.e. from rock to Bach, but mostly I am a country music fan.

      I did enjoy reading this.

      Blessings my friend