Stan Freberg (1926-2015) – Past Daily Pop Chronicles: Tribute Edition

Stan Freberg -  all-around indelible impression on Pop Culture of the 20th Century.

Stan Freberg – all-around indelible impression on Pop Culture of the 20th Century.

. . . or click on the link here for Audio Player – CBS Radio – The Stan Freberg Show – November 8, 1957 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection

More sad news this week – the passing of one of the most enduring and recognizable voices of the last half of the 20th Century passed away this morning, at the age of 88.

Stan Freberg was the voice of hundreds of cartoon characters in the 1950s, countless radio and television commercials of the 1950s and 60s – all around wit, humorist, writer, host and comic genius. Freberg was the Dean of modern Advertising and was synonymous with growing up in America in the 1950s and 60s. In later years he continued his work in TV and animation, as well as hosting several radio programs, both on NPR and CBS and many of his comedy albums have been reissued several times in various formats over the years.

In the late 1950s he produced his own radio program, a sort of last-gasp of Network radio in 1957. Only lasting 14 weeks, and without sponsorship, the show became the backbone for a number of comedy routines and something of an underground classic, prompting Capitol Records to release a “best of” album in the early 1960s.

Irreverent, surreal humor and a large slice of satire thrown in, Stan Freberg became a legendary figure in Popular Culture; one whose work has an air of timelessness about it, some 60 years later.

So as tribute the comic genius of Stan Freberg, here is an episode of one of those Stan Freberg shows for CBS Radio – first aired on November 8, 1957.

RIP Stan Freberg, you made America laugh and think, all at the same time.

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