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The Fred Waring Show (1947-1949)



The Fred Waring Show

(1947-1949)

Musical Variety

Fred Waring and his Pennsylvanians were one of the best-loved musical acts for over four decades, beginning in the 1920’s.  They appeared on many radio shows of the day, and in the late 1940’s he performed and conducted on his own radio show on CBS.  Called by some ‘the man who taught America to sing’, Waring was a perfectionist who sometimes had his orchestra (the band had expanded considerably) rehearse up to eight times a day, and rehearse the same songs as a waltz, a jive number, or as it was written.  Fred Waring would decide at show time which version the orchestra would perform.

(As an interesting side note: did you know that the Waring Blendor is named for Fred Waring?  He provided financial backing for Fred Osius who invented and patented a blender in the early 1930’s, but Osius’ version had some problems so Waring had it re-worked and marketed the appliance as the Waring Blendor – one of the earliest and most successful of small home appliances.  And yes, it’s blendor – he wanted the name to be unique.)




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