Hall of Fame: 2012

Bill Marlowe

In the 1950’s he introduced thousands of listeners to the growing body of work by Frank Sinatra. As one Marlowe fan put it, “It was as if Bill were an extension of Sinatra and a part of the whole performance.”

(1924-96): A Boston radio icon for much of his fifty year career, Bill was revered for his enthusiastic, emotional, and booming voice and his exceptional musical taste. A native of Boston’s North End, Bill began his career at WCCM Lawrence, moving to WBZ where he championed the songs and singers of the Great American Songbook and jazz vocalists. In later years, Bill was heard on WILD Boston, and WHET, Waltham. In the 1950’s he introduced thousands of listeners to the growing body of work by Frank Sinatra. As one Marlowe fan put it, “It was as if Bill were an extension of Sinatra and a part of the whole performance.” He had close personal relationships with Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole, Sarah Vaughn, Duke Ellington, Sinatra, and countless others. Bill was a connoisseur of good foods, and a critic, and one of the finest salesmen in broadcasting history, he personally tested the products of potential advertisers before agreeing to take them on and to this day is remembered for his emotional ads for a restaurant where “the meat falls off the bone!”




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