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.
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

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Bob Crane: Musician of Note

Bob Crane, his drums, and his KNX engineer, Dave Jarecki.
TV Radio Life, October 5, 1957.
Many elements made Bob Crane’s radio show unique, not the least of which was his musicianship. In addition to being able to instinctively feel the timing of the music while talking over each record track, Bob was also a gifted drummer. His love for drums hit early; he was only 10 years old when he first watched and heard Gene Krupa perform at the New York World's Fair in April 1939. Since then, he was rarely seen without a set of drumsticks. Once he broke into radio, he incorporated his drumming into his show by routinely playing along with the records while live on the air. In this clip, Bob plays along with the song “America” from Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story, as arranged by Arthur Lyman, who was the in-studio guest that morning.

Bob Crane on Drums
KNX / Arthur Lyman Interview – 1962
“America” from West Side Story

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