Albert George Cernik, son of immigrants from Croatia, was born on February 27, 1927 in Detroit, Michigan. As a pre-teen, signed by Warner Brothers to be groomed as a motion picture child star, he would win radio’s Arthur Godfrey Talent Scout competition. He served in the United States Navy and following service he became a singer with Carmen Cavallaro’s big band.
Upon signing with Columbia Records in 1950, his named was changed to Guy Mitchell. In April 1951 his first big hit, “My Heart Cries for You” reached the top five, with the flip side “The Roving Kind” peaking at #13. Before the year ended, “My Truly, Truly Fair” also landed in the top five.
Guy’s decade of hits would continue with numerous chart toppers on the Hit Parade including, “Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania,” “Belle Belle, My Liberty Belle,” “Sparrow In The Treetop,” “Heartaches by the Number” and “Knee Deep In the Blues.” An international star, Guy Mitchell’s multi million selling, “Singing the Blues” contributed to his having sold more than 50 million records during his career.
With his own television show, Guy also starred in the motion pictures, “Those Redheads from Seattle” with Teresa Brewer in 1953 and “Red Garters” with Rosemary Clooney in 1954.
In 1954 he appeared at the London Palladium entertaining Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip.
He died on July 1, 1999, of complications from cancer surgery. at 72 years of age.
Honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Guy Mitchell was inducted into the Hit Parade Hall of Fame in 2008.