As heard on Sirius XM Radio and NPR stations!
The autobiography of the voice of Fred Flintstone is brought to life by veteran radio-theater producer Joe Bevilacqua and Alan Reed Jr., featuring rare interviews with Alan Reed himself, an interview with Joe Barbera, and clips from Reed's radio, TV, and film career, including The Fred Allen Show, The Shadow, The Life of Riley, Life with Luigi, Duffy's Tavern, The Postman Always Rings Twice, Viva Zapata, Breakfast at Tiffany's, and The Flintstones.
This is an enhanced unabridged audiobook of the print book, which can be purchased from Amazon.com.
"Alan Reed, the voice of Fred, is no longer with us, but Joe’s done his damnedest to bring him back in a five-hour, six minute audio book called 'Yabba Dabba Doo!: The Alan Reed Story.' Fans of old radio shows should be delighted to hear that contained within the mound of audio (if audio came in mounds) is Bill Marx narrating letters Fred Allen wrote to Reed. People may not realise Alan’s Falstaff Openshaw character was an early resident of Allen’s famous Alley; Allen used the Falstaff character to comment on political and social affairs through rhyming verse. Allen gave ownership of Falstaff to Reed when he left the show. The Openshaw voice was the one Reed used for ‘Frederick’ Flintstone in'“The Split Personality' (1960)." Don Yowp, yowpyowp.blogspot.com)
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Clip-filled tribute to a master character actor
I bough the book expecting to learn a bit more about old time radio. I discovered an intimate portrait of a complex and accomplished person who overcame a difficult start to accomplish a great deal for himself and his family.