Fun Facts to Know and Tell

Did you know Fred Waring, the popular bandleader of the 1920s and ’30s so often heard on Cladrite Radio, was the man behind the Waring blender?

We didn’t.

Mind you, Waring didn’t invent the blender, but he financed it and promoted it, eventually lending his name to the company that produced it.

And originally, they were called Waring Blendors — the O was Waring’s idea.

Waring’s dance orchestra was very popular and lots of fun, but he eventually went with more of a choral sound, using “glee clubs” and choruses on his records. And though by doing so, he lost us as listeners (sorry, Fred), it paid off for him in the long run, as he expanded into television with “The Fred Waring Show” on CBS. The popular program ran from 1948 to 1954.

To celebrate this new (to us) tidbit of trivia, we’re offering two of our favorite Waring recordings and a video of Waring’s Pennsylvanians backing up Morton Downey, Sr., on a peppy little number.

Fred Waring and His Pennsylvanians — “Picnic for Two”

Fred Waring and His Pennsylvanians, feat. Chick Bullock — “Let’s Have Another Cup of Coffee”

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