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

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Celebrate Enarc Week: Happy Birthday, Bob Crane!

Drum Battle: Bob Crane vs. Gene Krupa

Bob Crane was born on this day in Waterbury, CT, in 1928. He spent less than two years in Waterbury before his parents moved the family south to Stamford, CT, where Bob and his older brother, Al, grew up. Bob graduated from Stamford High School in 1946, and having become an avid musician and drummer, he had played in the school's orchestra and marching band throughout his years in school. During that time, he also helped form and would occasionally lead the Crane-Catino Jazz Band, composed of musicians from school, as well as perform with the Connecticut Symphony Orchestra and the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra.

Countless musicians of the Big Band Era caught Bob Crane's attention during his youth, and at the top of his list were Buddy Rich and Gene Krupa, two of the world's greatest drummers. Gene Krupa and Buddy Rich would often perform concerts together, during which time they would engage in "drum battles."

Bob idolized both Krupa and Rich, and as a kid growing up and playing drums in Stamford, he longed for the chance to play along side them. He carried his dreams and his drums with him into adulthood, into radio, and out to LA. "During my 10-year span of my early morning radio show in Hollywood," he said. "I kept a drum and cymbal at mikeside and constantly drummed accompaniment to the records I played. During 16 years in radio, I never gave up my drumming ambitions" (Crane, 1967).

At KNX in Los Angeles, Crane proved himself as a skilled celebrity interviewer. It was only a matter of time before Gene Krupa would be a guest on The Bob Crane Show, and Bob interviewed Krupa several times. During at least one of these interviews, Bob challenged Gene to a drum battle of his own.

In honor of what would have been Bob's 83rd birthday today, we present a special treat - a drum battle between Bob Crane and Gene Krupa.

Bob Crane vs. Gene Krupa Drum Battle
Bob Crane Show / KNX-CBS Radio
Circa 1960
Crane, B. (1967, July 21). "Bob Crane's true love is drumming." Associated Press.

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