Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Stan Freberg 1926-2015

He was one of the great audio artists of our time. Stan Freberg was a pioneer, a creative and innovator for over seventy years. I'm sure I first heard his work on the Doctor Demento show, but probably was introduced to him even sooner through a radio commercial or one of his numerous voice works in a cartoon.

I have no idea where to start. St. George and the Dragonet? Day-O? United States of America? John and Marsha? You can find it all on youtube.

This is the classic. A pinnacle of his work.

Later he would produce and write a very successful series of television commercials that featured his son Donovan. Freberg also appeared on Roseanne as Mr. Parkin and worked with Weird Al Yankovic on his television show.

The world is less funny today, less thoughtful and brilliant. One of the good ones has signed off.

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