Daws Butler and Stan Freberg accept the
Emmy Award for "Time For Beany".
August 7, 1926 – April 7, 2015
Animation Resources supporter, Rich Borowy has been contributing some wonderful material to our digital database. Here’s another one of his treasures… the premiere episode of the legendary short lived radio musical variety show created by Stan Freberg.
In the Summer of 1957, CBS debuted a comedy program to replace The Jack Benny Program. It starred Captiol recording artist Stan Freberg, with support from veteran voice artists like Daws Butler, Marvin Miller and June Foray. The show exhibited all aspects of Freberg’s unique sense of humor from goofy cartooniness to biting satire. This episode contains liberal doses of both, and includes his classic riff on Cold War politics, titled "Los Voraces" ("The Greedy Ones"). Freberg’s sharp wit and his refusal to accept commercials for cigarettes didn’t endear him to advertisers, and the show was cancelled after only fifteen episodes. But it made an indelible mark on many fans in re-release on records.
This particular recording is unique, because it includes off-air introductions by Stan before the show and a pickup of a musical cue at the end. It’s a tribute to the professionalism of the performers and the musical director, Billy May when you realize that this elaborate program was performed live from beginning to end in front of a studio audience.
Enjoy the genius of Freberg!
Thanks for contributing this, Rich!
Fans of the great Stan Freberg won’t want to be without this great four CD box set, The Tip of the Freberg, which includes many of his greatest recordings. Get it at Amazon!
This posting is part of the online Encyclopedia of Cartooning under the subject heading, Animation.