Dominic Nicholas Anthony Lucanese (August 22, 1897 – July 28, 1982) was an American jazz guitar player.
was born into an Italian family in Newark, New Jersey. In 1922, at the age of
25, he gained renown with his hit renditions of "Picking the Guitar"
and "Teasing the Frets" for Pathé Records. In 1923, Gibson Guitars
proposed to build him a concert guitar with a deeper body. Known as the "Nick
Lucas Special," it has been a popular model with guitarists since. In the
same year, he began recording for Brunswick and remained one of their exclusive
artists until 1932. He became known as "The Crooning Troubadour".
1929, Lucas co-starred in the Warner Bros. musical, Gold Diggers of Broadway,
in which he introduced the two hit songs "Painting the Clouds with
Sunshine" and "Tiptoe Through the Tulips". The latter became
Lucas's theme song. The same year, Lucas was featured in the studio's all-star
revue, The Show of Shows. Lucas turned down Warner Bros. seven-year contract
offer, which went instead to fellow crooner Dick Powell.
Lucas - Painting the clouds with