Posted ByJim Hilliker on July 16, 2002 at 20:04:32:
In Reply to: Re: The Sportsmen Quartet posted byTom Wagner on July 14, 2002 at 11:15:33:
: You mentioned that Thurl sang with Charles Fuller on ABC. Was that radio or TV and do you know the name of the show?
The program was a Christian religious show with music on every Sunday from the Long Beach Municipal Auditorium in Long Beach, CA..."The Old Fashioned Revival Hour" began on Mutual in 1937 and in later years after the war, was on ABC radio and TV...Charles Fuller, host and producer of the show had done similar shows on local radio around L.A. since the 1920s, and founded Fuller Seminary in Pasdadena in 1947.
Here's a post from LARADIO.com about this show from May of this year...The writer said that the quartet on this show also sang on Jack Benny and Thurl Ravenscrosft was a member, so I'll let you read on and be the judge...
By the start of WWII he was being listened to around the globe. His (Charles Fuller) ‘Old Fashioned Revival Hour’ originated from the Long Beach Municipal Auditorium and at its height during WWII, it surpassed in popularity virtually every show on American radio. Newsweek magazine reported Fuller's weekly audience each week was 20,000,000 during the 1940's when our population was a little over 100 million. It is difficult to exaggerate the importance of the music in the broadcast. The quartet, chorus/choir, organist and pianist were at the top of their game. Several members of the quartet sang concurrently on other programs including that of Jack Benny. Thurl Ravenscroft, the bass, later gained fame as the voice of Kellogg's Tony the Tiger and the Jolly Green Giant.
So, there you are... Jim