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Les Crane

Born: 1935-12-03 - Died: 2008-07-13
Cause of Death:
Natural Causes


Death Summary: Crane died of unspecified natural causes at the age of 74 at Marin General Hospital in Marin County, California.

Who was Les Crane : Les Crane was a grammy-winning radio announcer and television talk show host from the San Francisco area.

Popular radio personality Casey Kasem credits Crane and station owner John Barrett for originally coming up with the Top 40 that became Kasem's staple.

Crane's talk show was ABC's late night answer to Johnny Carson in the 60s. His show featured the first ever American television appearance of rock and roll legends The Rolling Stones.

Among other people to appear were Bob Dylan, Martin Luther King Jr., and Malcolm X to name a few.

Crane was also the first to have an interview with an openly gay man (Randy Wicker) on his show. This is considered an important event in gay rights history.
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6 Signatures in Les Crane's guestbook

  1. Pptratricia T Rivera Says:

    I rember Les Crane with Ira Blue

  2. Stan salony Says:

    I was a radio announcer for 30 years, and played your “Desiderata’ on-the-air, and off, so many times.
    Rest in Peace, Les. I KNOW you are in Heaven……

  3. sandy Says:

    I remember my mom playing the desiderata album over and over again when I was younger… still love it!

  4. irv miller--bob white Says:

    I worked with Les at WOKY Milwaukee and was sad to know of his passing

  5. cecilia ann jenkins Says:

    I remember hearing it on the radio and I still think it is the most beautiful “prayer” ever written or spoken. It’s timeless!

  6. Godfried Says:

    You have a wonderful web site, and all your dogs are so very buiatufel. I particularly enjoyed your article about Being an individual , our lovely girl, Penny is nine months old and so nervous of everything, people ask me if she was a rescue dog, despite the fact that we have spent a lot of time socialising her from 8 weeks old. It’s hard when you know she is so great and other people see her as having problems . Your words have made me see Penny’s issues in a completely different light, because it is just her nature’, and we love her so dearly regardless. My husband and I are considering another puppy, but are thinking in the future when Penny is older, and despite the distance, would certainly love one of your puppies, if accepted. I love all things labrador, but your site and knowledge is a cut above. Thanks so much.I also read your tribute to your Jade, which made me shed yet more tears for our old girl who died last July, it was very moving.


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