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Fred Waring
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    (June 9, 1900-July 29, 1984)
    Born in Tyrone, Pennsylvania
    Led Fred Waring and His Pennsylvanians
    Recorded the singles 'Sleep' (1924), 'Memory Lane' (1924), 'Collegiate' (1925), 'Laugh! Clown, Laugh!' (1928), 'My Angel (Angela Mia)' (1928), 'Little White Lies' (1930), 'I Found a Million Dollar Baby (In a Five and Ten Cent Store)' (1931), 'The Battle Hymn of the Republic' (1944) and 'The Wiffenpoof Song' (1947)
    Hosted 'The Fred Waring Show' on CBS (1948-54)
    Promoter and namesake of the Waring Blender
    He was rejected for the Penn State Glee Club.
    Although he called his act the Pennsylvanians, they were based out of Detroit.
    He was married three times and divorced twice.
    He quit recording for a decade (1932-42) because he felt his records were competing with his radio show.
    He was often erroneously credited with inventing the Waring blender. (It was actually patented by Frederick J. Osius.)
    He appeared at the New York World's Fair (1939-40).
    Richard Rodgers said, 'He is a leader who knows that good showmanship and good taste need not be inimical.'
    While touring with the Pennsylvanians, he would promote the blender, giving demonstrations at hotels and restaurants. During the first year, he sold 35,000 blenders.
    The Waring Blender earned a spot in medical history when Jonas Salk used one to prepare cultures while developing the polio vaccine.
    He has three stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame: for recordings, radio and television.
    He received the Congressional Gold Medal for contributions to music (1983).

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