Renowned Satirist, Radio/TV Host, Ad Creator Stan Freberg Dies At 88
April 7, 2015 at 3:08 PM (PT)
Legendary satirist, advertising creator, and radio and TV host STAN FREBERG has passed away of natural causes in SANTA MONICA, CA at 88, according to VARIETY. FREBERG's son DONAVAN posted a note about his father's passing on Facebook TUESDAY morning.
FREBERG's irreverent comedic sensibility was most widely known through a series of hit records for CAPITOL in the 1950s and 1960s, including 1951's "John and Marsha" and "St. George and the Dragonet," a chart-topping "Dragnet" parody in 1953, and the influential album "STAN FREBERG Presents the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Volume One: The Early Years" in 1961, with Volume Two not arriving until 1996.
On radio, FREBERG starred in a sitcom, "THAT'S RICH," for CBS in 1954, then hosted what some consider the last of the network radio comedy/variety shows, "THE STAN FREBERG SHOW," for CBS in 1957, controversial for both its satire and FREBERG's refusal to allow tobacco ads on the show, which led to the show being without a sponsor and the time filled with ad parodies; he later hosted the syndicated old-time radio show "WHEN RADIO WAS" and did a feature for CBS RADIO News KNX-A/LOS ANGELES. On television, he was the host and provided voices and puppet work for KTLA/LOS ANGELES' Emmy-winning early children's show "TIME FOR BEANY." He did voices for many WARNER BROS. cartoons (uncredited on screen except for one, "Three Little Bops"), most familiarly as the voice of Pete Puma and one of the Goofy Gophers. And his radio and television advertising work broke new ground in the use of humor, including the CONTADINA "Who put eight great tomatoes in that little bitty can?" campaign of the 1960s and 1970's Great American Soup spot featuring musical star ANN MILLER as a housewife whose soup cooking morphs into a BUSBY BERKELEY-style production number.