Friday, July 05, 2013

Stan Freberg

Recent boot sale find on the cheapo Music For Pleasure label from 1963.  Many of his best songs and characters here. I'd forgotten just how funny he was.

Wikipedia says  -  "Freberg was born Stanley Friberg in Pasadena, California, the son of Evelyn Dorothy (née Conner), a housewife, and Victor Richard Friberg (later Freberg), a Baptist minister.He is of Swedish and Irish descent.
Freberg's work reflects both his gentle sensitivity (despite his liberal use of biting satire and parody) and his refusal to accept alcohol and tobacco manufacturers as sponsors—an impediment to his radio career when he took over for Jack Benny on CBS radio. As Freberg explained to Rusty Pipes:
After I replaced Jack Benny in 1957, they were unable to sell me with spot announcements in the show. That would mean that every three minutes I'd have to drop a commercial in. So I said, "Forget it. I want to be sponsored by one person", like Benny was, by American Tobacco or State Farm Insurance, except that I wouldn't let them sell me to American Tobacco. I refused to let them sell me to any cigarette company.
Stan Freberg's first wife, Donna, died in 2000. He has two children from that marriage, Donna Jean and Donavan. He married Betty Hunter in 2001, and she adopted the personal and family names Hunter Freberg."

Tracks are as follows  -   1,   The Yellow Rose Of Texas  2. John & Marsha  3. St. George & The Dragonet  4. C'est Si Bon  5. Trouble  6. Tele-Vee-Shun

Stan Freberg  -  Side One

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