Fred Waring and the Pennsylvanians

Author: Virginia Waring
Foreword by Robert Shaw
The life and music of “the man who taught America how to sing”
Paper – $30.95
Publication Date
Paperback: 02/19/2007
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About the Book

Famous American, chorus leader, showman, glee club pioneer, golf tournament host, and entrepreneur--all that, and he taught America how to sing! Fred Waring held together a major musical organization for sixty-seven years. He was a man at ease on stage but reluctant to sit through meetings, a man so earnest in his patriotism that by the 1980s, many considered him an anachronism.

Virginia Waring, his wife of thirty years, chronicles Fred Waring's many achievements and his shortcomings with candor and affection. She traces his life from his childhood in Tyrone, Pennsylvania, through his rise to fame as a bandleader and his development and promotion of the Waring Blendor®. Along the wa,y she offers invaluable, intimate insights on his concert tours, radio and television programs, leadership of Shawnee Press, and his legacy of pursuing the highest possible standards in music as in life.

The book includes a compact disc with twenty-eight selections recorded by Fred Waring and the Pennsylvanians over a forty-year period.

About the Author

Virginia Waring (d. 2013) was a concert pianist who studied in Paris with Robert Casadesus and toured for ten years as the Morley half of the famed duo-pianists Morley and Gearhart. She was married to Fred Waring from 1954 until his death in 1984.



“This book made me miss Fred all over again. His music, his fun, hispersonality, his adventures. . . . It’s a fascinating story of show businessfrom the early days to the present. I love it!”--Mort Walker, creator of Beetle Bailey