Toni Arden

Toni Arden (February 15, 1924, New York City as Antoinette Ardizzone May 29, 2012, Lake Worth, Florida) was an American traditional pop music singer.


Arden's father, Phillip Ardizzone, was a singer with the Metropolitan Opera and La Scala.[1] Her brother, Jan Arden, was also a singer.[2] The siblings teamed up for night club performances in the late 1950s.[3]


Early years

Arden became a big band singer in the 1940s, singing with Al Trace, Joe Reichman, Ray Bloch and Shep Fields.


She started recording as a soloist in 1946 for the minor National Records company. After her appearance on the early television talent series Doorway to Fame, Arden signed her first solo recording contract with a major record label, Columbia Records, in 1949 (Arden was arguably the only performer out of 20,000 over Doorway to Fame's two-year run on air to become relatively famous); at Columbia, she had several hits including "I Can Dream, Can't I?" (which reached #7 on the Billboard charts), "Too Young" (which reached #15), "Kiss of Fire" (which reached #14) and "I'm Yours" (which reached #24). CD compilations of these earlier recordings can be found on the Sepia Records label[4] and a two-CD set released by Jasmine Records[5]

In the mid-1950s she moved to Decca Records, where her biggest selling record (her only million-seller)[6] was "Padre" in 1958. LP albums included "Miss Toni Arden," "Besame!", "Sing a Song of Italy" and "Italian Gold."[7] She sang in both Italian and English.[8] The first two albums have been compiled on a second CD by the Sepia Records label.[9] She also recorded briefly for RCA Victor and Mercury Records. Her last album My World is You (GPRT Records) features the compositions of Gladys Shelley.


In 1954, Arden recorded 13 radio programs for the US Marine Corps via electrical transcription. The Toni Arden Show was broadcast on participating local stations.[10] In 1956, she was featured on an episode of What's New in Music on CBS.[11]


Arden appeared on The Music of George Gershwin,[12] This Is Show Business,[13] Dick Clark's program,[14] and The Jimmy Dean Show.[15] She and her brother, Jan, sang two duets on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1959.[16]


She died at her home in Lake Worth, Florida, on May 29, 2012 at the age of 88.[17]

On June 25, 2019, The New York Times Magazine listed Toni Arden among hundreds of artists whose material was reportedly destroyed in the 2008 Universal fire.[18]


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  6. Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. p. 97. ISBN 0-214-20512-6.
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  8. "Toni Arden-tly Sings". Northwest Arkansas Times. April 19, 1963. p. 7. Retrieved May 5, 2015 via
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  10. "Toni Arden Will Be Heard Here". The Daily Mail. May 1, 1954. p. 10. Retrieved May 5, 2015 via
  11. "Distinguished Cast On KYFO Today; Excitement Surrounded SWC Session". Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. May 20, 1956. p. Page 4, Sec. VI. Retrieved May 5, 2015 via
  12. Lester, John (May 17, 1956). "Radio and Television". The Gazette and Daily. p. 27. Retrieved May 5, 2015 via
  13. "TV Key". The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. April 11, 1953. p. 14. Retrieved May 5, 2015 via
  14. "Viewing Screens". The Pocono Record. June 14, 1958. p. 11. Retrieved May 5, 2015 via
  15. Alber, David O. (October 26, 1958). "TV Quiz". Waco Tribune-Herald. p. 43. Retrieved May 5, 2015 via
  16. "Jane Russell Guests On Sullivan Show". The Daily Capital News. August 8, 1959. p. 10. Retrieved May 5, 2015 via
  17. "Area Deaths". The Palm Beach Post. June 2, 2012.
  18. Rosen, Jody (June 25, 2019). "Here Are Hundreds More Artists Whose Tapes Were Destroyed in the UMG Fire". The New York Times. Retrieved June 28, 2019.
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