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Kapp 526

No. 14    July 6, 1963



Seeing that young Tom  (b.  Sept. 3, 1914, Philadelphia ) took an interest in music, Mrs.  Glazer  encouraged

him to sing in choirs and learn the basics on a number of  instruments.     After three years  at New York’s

City College, Tom managed to earn a living playing tuba or string bass in jazz and military bands.    By

the’40s,  Glazer turned  to singing folk tales for children.     From   1945 to 1947, he fronted “Tom Glazer’s

Music Box,” a  radio program over the ABC  network.    Later in the decade, he  made singing or acting

appearances on radio shows such as “Listening Post,” “Theatre Guild  on the Air,” “True Story,” and “We

the People.”      He narrated Sweet Land of Liberty and wrote the score for the Andy Griffith-Patricia Neal

movie A Face in the Crowd (1957).


From 1953 through 1967, Glazer recorded sing-a-long and folkie-flavored disks, his releases for the Young

People’s record label reportedly selling in the hundreds of thousands.     While most who recall his name

associate Tom with his parody of Burl lves’  “On Top Of Old Smokey” (#10, 1952),   Glazer has also had

success as a songwriter, usually as a lyricist.     He was involved in the co-creation of  “Melody Of Love’ for

Billy Vaughn (#2, 1955), the Four Aces (#3, 1955), and  David  Carroll (#8, 1955);   “More” for  KAI

WINDING (#8, 1963) and Vic Dana (#42, 1963); “Old Soldiers Never Die” for Vaughn  Monroe (#7, 1951);

“Pussy Cat” for the Ames Brothers (#17, 1958); “Skokiaan” for Ralph Marterie (#3, 1954) and the Four Lads

(#7, 1954); and “Till We Two Are One” for Georgie Shaw (#7, 1954).