Frank Crumit

Frank Crumit
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Frank Crumit
Radio: West side of the 1600 block of Vine Street
Radio Personality | Singer | Songwriter
Born Sept. 26, 1889 in Jackson, OH
Died Sept. 6, 1943 in New York, NY

Frank Crumit was a radio entertainer, composer and former vaudeville star.

Crumit and his wife — known in the entertainment world as Julia Sanderson — were sometimes called the ideal couple of the air.

Crumit was born in Jackson, Okla., and made his first stage appearance at the age of 5 in a local minstrel show.

It was in 1922 that he met Julia Sanderson, then a musical comedy star. They married six years later and retired — briefly — to a country home, Dunrovin, near Springfield, Mass.

Two years later they made their initial appearance as a radio team, singing duets and engaging in comedy dialogues.

The team of Crumit and Sanderson made its final broadcast on Sept. 6, 1943, one day before Crumit's death.

Frank Crumit's versions of "The Gay Caballero" and "Abdul the Bulbul Ameer" sold more than 4 million records.

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