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Stanley Victor Freberg (born August 7, 1926 in Los Angeles) is a voice actor, comedian, and advertising creative.

In 1950, he scored a huge success with his first recording for Capitol Records, John and Marsha, a soap-opera parody that consisted of the title characters (both played by Freberg) repeating each other’s names. In a follow-up he used pedal steel guitarist Speedy West to parody the 1953 country hit A Dear John Letter as A Dear John And Marsha Letter.

Throughout the 1950s he made a name for himself writing and performing both original songs (Tele-Vee-Shun) and parodies of popular tunes (The Yellow Rose of Texas, Day-O, Heartbreak Hotel). With fellow voice actors Daws Butler and June Foray he produced a medieval parody of Dragnet called St. George and the Dragon-Net. The latter recording was a #1 hit for four weeks in late 1953.

Freberg’s brilliant, authentic-sounding musical parodies were a byproduct of his collaborations with Billy May and his Capitol Records producer Ken Nelson. His brilliant 1957 spoof of TV “champagne music” master Lawrence Welk, Wun’erful, Wun’erful was a true collaboration with May, a veteran big band musician and jazz arranger (known for his work with Frank Sinatra among others) who loathed Welk’s corny style. To replicate that sound, May and some of Hollywood’s finest studio musicians and vocalists worked to virtually clone Welk’s sound.

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  • captainraymond

    i've got this on vinyl if anyone is interested...

    15 May 2010 Reply
  • dianashamilton

    "Get your *chicken* at the station?" Gets me every time.

    2 May 2009 Reply
  • LondonLouis

    St George and the Dragonet: I don't think I ever saw anything from Jack Webb's Dragnet pioneering cop show, but if ever I do, Stan's take on it will immediately come to mind. Obviously, topical humour like this dates, but Stan dates less than most.

    9 Dec 2008 Reply
  • LondonLouis

    Rock Island Line: Stan was very funny. This is particularly nice for people of my generation who grew up in the skiffle era. Takes me back to Lonnie Donegan.

    9 Dec 2008 Reply
  • m0nkiii

    DAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY-OOOOOOOO!

    27 Oct 2008 Reply
  • UnaLaguna

    Tele-Vee-Shun!

    31 Dec 2007 Reply
  • kubok13

    Marsha Marsha Marsha

    17 Sep 2007 Reply
  • Jonas42

    Also listen to Stan Freberg Presents the United States of America

    23 Jun 2007 Reply
  • Sosokkun

    Hilarious Dude. An icon of Radio and Entertainment and Comedy for ever. Listen to The Stan Freberg Show Radio Shows! And watch Beanie and Cecil!

    8 Apr 2007 Reply