Published in September 2015, Bob Crane: The Definitive Biography contains the first-hand testimonies, memories, and recollections from 200 prominent individuals from Bob Crane's life. Family, friends as far back as grade school, and coworkers in radio, television (including many from Hogan's Heroes), theatre, and film have helped tell his complete story. In addition, the hard cover edition contains more than 200 rare family and professional photographs, some never before published or seen by the public until now. Discover the truth! If you think you know Bob Crane before reading this book, you don't know him at all. Author profits will be donated to various charities in Bob's memory.
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Official Statement about the Re-Investigation of Bob Crane's Murder (11/23/16)
"We—my coauthors and I, members of Bob Crane's family, his friends, and his colleagues—are always hopeful that one day, the true identity of Bob's murderer will be known and justice can be served. However, this recent investigation did not reveal any groundbreaking information or provide a resolution, and the subsequent media coverage did nothing more than bring unnecessary heartache to many who knew, loved, and cared about Bob. We do not discuss or endorse any speculative theories as to who may have committed the crime. We encourage those who want to know more about Bob Crane to discover his complete and true life story in Bob Crane: The Definitive Biography. All author profits are being donated to various charities in Bob's memory."
—Carol Ford, author, Bob Crane: The Definitive Biography

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Laffter, Sweet and Profane - KNX-CBS Radio Promotional Album for 'The Bob Crane Show' (c. 1961)

To truly appreciate all that Bob Crane did in radio, one must listen to his KNX 5th Anniversary Show. KNX took portions of Bob's 5th anniversary program and included them on an album: Laffter, Sweet and Profane. This album promoted both Pat Buttram's and Bob Crane's programs and was distributed to potential advertisers.

Here is Bob Crane's side of the record presented in its entirety (listen for George Jessel, Pat Boone, The Great Coogamooga, and Jonathan Winters!). From the liner notes: "Crane approaches something close to genius in integrating his commercials with show-stuff. While he sometimes fractures a sponsor's message, he reassembles the pieces and augments and embellishes said message in such a manner as to increase the plug's effectiveness. This is a matter of record. Crane sells. Crane pitches hard. Add to this that he has the area's fastest-expanding morning audience, and you have a degree of value that should make time buyers drool."

So sit back, relax, and enjoy!

 
KNX-CBS Radio promotional album:
"Laffter, Sweet and Profane"
The Bob Crane Show / circa 1961

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