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October 20, 2005

The passing of a Giant

Sad News from Don Shelton (10/19/05) ...

"It is with a very heavy and saddened heart that I report the passing of a dear friend and colleague, Len Dresslar, bass of the Singers Unlimited and certainly the voice of the Jolly Green Giant "Ho, Ho, Ho" -- for over 40 years -- as well as countless other jingles that I was privileged to be a part of while in Chicago for 25 years. I mention this to all who have known of his resounding Bass voice both on recordings and on radio and television.

Len was President of Chicago AFTRA for several years in the mid to late 80's. To lose two "Giants" (Thurl, as Tony the Tiger, and Len, as the Jolly Green Giant) in the space of four months, not to mention the loss of Loulie Jean Norman as well, just leaves me almost speechless. Three of my mentors for sure -- and good friends. I shall miss them all so very much. It gives me pause to reflect on my career -- getting to sing with the likes of these stellar performers, who always displayed a sense of the "music" with style and a grace beyond belief.

We will have a Memorial for Len in Palm Springs this Friday at his home with family and close friends. May God continue to bless these families as they live with their losses. May we never forget what they brought to our Singers Community in both Los Angeles and Chicago. I thought you would want to know.

As always,
Peace, Don"

We will have more on this a cappella legend soon - Editor

Posted by acapnews at October 20, 2005 8:47 PM