Re: Kenny Baker

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Posted BySusan on June 03, 2001 at 00:34:07:

In Reply to: Kenny Baker posted bybill on June 02, 2001 at 15:54:50:

Kenny Baker certainly was a talented man. Not only did he star or co-star on many radio programs in the 30s, 40s and 50s, but he also starred or co-starred in 18 motion pictures, as well as co-starred with Mary Martin on the Broadway stage in the musical "One Touch of Venus" in 1943-1944.

I only recently discovered that Kenny Baker was vocalist on the radio program "Texaco Star Theater" at the SAME TIME that he was vocalist on Jack Benny's program in 1938. Kenny was singing Sunday nights on Jack's show, and on Wednesday nights on the hour-long "Texaco Star Theater," which, at the time, was hosted by Adolphe Menjou and then John Barrymore. Kenny remained as vocalist on "Texaco Star Theater," which would have new MCs of Ken Murray in 1939 and later Fred Allen in late 1940, as Kenny left the Benny program at the end of the '38-'39 season. It cannot be denied that Kenny's exposure on the Jack Benny program certainly helped to launch his great popularity at that time.

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