Fred Waring Show

Fred Waring was one of the most famous bandleaders and proponents of choral singing of the Twentieth Century. Fred and his “Pennsylvanians” became the first singing band, the first to use megaphones, to feature vocalists with an orchestra, to combine an orchestra with a glee club, and made one of the first full-length musical talking pictures. His innovations in live performance led to a long career on radio which spilled into the early years of television. Fred Waring and the Pennsylvanians were fixtures of WW2 war bond rallies and entertainment for training facilities for service personnel. Waring was a fan of comic strips, and hosted many cartoonists at his home and at the Shawnee Inn resort he owned. Chester Gould, creator of Dick Tracy, appears on his program in one of the recordings in the Hehn collection. Waring had a massive collection of artwork from many prominent comic strip artists, usually prepared exclusively for him in gratitude for his support and hospitality. Fred Waring was an entrepreneurial musician, but his entreprenurial talent extended beyond entertainment and into a much different business, “The Waring Blendor.” The invention became a common kitchen appliance for making meals and drinks, long before food processors and smoothie-makers became available. Fred had a blender whenever he traveled and shared various concoctions for guests and band members. The Waring blenders are still in extensive use in commercial and institutional kitchens around the world. * * * These recordings are part of the Joe Hehn Memorial Collection. Mr. Hehn (1931-2020) was a pioneering collector of radio recordings when the hobby emerged in the 1960s. Digitizing his collection of reel tapes and discs is the effort of a wide range of North American volunteers, and includes assistance of some international collectors. The groups supporting this effort with their funds, time, technology and skills are the Old Time Radio Researchers and a small group of transcription disc preservationists who refer to themselves as the "The Knights of the Turning Table."

This recording is part of the Old Time Radio collection.


Fred Waring 470430 1st song is Take Me Back to Little Rock 29:31
Fred Waring 470505 1st song is The Girlfriend with the Whirling Dervish (Fred C… 29:29
Fred Waring 470506 1st song is Espana Cani 29:34
Fred Waring 470507 1st song is It's So Nice to be Your Neighbor 29:32
Fred Waring 470508 1st song is It's a Good Day 29:29
Fred Waring 470509 1st song is Back Bay Polka (But Not in Boston) 29:29
Fred Waring 470512 From Boston, 1st song is If This Isn't Love 29:31
Fred Waring 470513 1st song is Tico-Tico 29:31
Fred Waring 470514 1st song is Picolino 29:29
Fred Waring 470515 1st song is Stravinsky's Russian Dance 29:31
Fred Waring 470516 1st song is Dardenella 29:30
Fred Waring 470519 1st song is Take Me Down to the Sea 29:33
Fred Waring 470520 1st song is Lonesome Road 29:19
Fred Waring 470522 1st song is Blue Skies 29:31
Fred Waring 470523 College Medley (Fred Waring Away) 29:32
Fred Waring 470526 1st song is Lady be Good 29:30
Fred Waring 470527 1st song is The Darktown Strutter's Ball 29:29
Fred Waring 470528 1st song is Hindustan 29:27
Fred Waring 470529 1st song is Jam that Licorice Stick 29:30
Fred Waring 470530 Memorial Day Program, 1st song is A Gay Holiday 29:30
Fred Waring 470602 1st song is Rhumba Tomba 29:28
Fred Waring 470627 1st song is Espana Cani 29:34
Fred Waring 470716 1st song is Minute Waltz 29:30
Fred Waring 470808 1st song is Begin the Beguine 29:33
Fred Waring 471015 1st song is Shawnee 30:16
Fred Waring 471028 Guest Chester Gould, creator of Dick Tracy 30:13