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