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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"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

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Crane's Pick Hits of 1956-1964

Bob Crane had a collection of songs he liked to play regularly, and many of them he claimed as his "theme songs" throughout his tenure at KNX. One in particular was "I've Got a Rose Between My Toes" by the late Lou Carter (also known as "The Singing Cab Driver"). Other favorites of Crane's included "If I Had a Nose Full of Nickels" (also by Lou Carter), "Pacalafaca" (KMPC's Dick Whittinghill supposedly used this as his drive-time theme song as well), and "West of the Wall" (Bob's engineer Jack Chapman didn't seem to care too much for this one).

Here are "I've Got a Rose Between My Toes" and "Pacalafaca" as aired by Crane over KNX on New Year's Day, 1964. 

"I've Got a Rose Between My Toes" - Lou Carter
"Pacalafaca" - Irving Taylor's Orchestra
Bob Crane Show / KNX-CBS Radio
January 1, 1964

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