...the Voiceover Hit Parade
The main announcer for the Perry Como Show on TV and voiceover artist Frank Gallop actually had two charted hits. In the first, he had only three lines -”Hey there. Got a match?” which he said twice and the third line was “Hey there. Never mind.” “Got A Match” hit the chart in 1958. But, his best known charted hit was a parody of Lorne Greene's Ringo – "The Ballad of Irving" (“the 142nd fastest gun in the west”). Frank Gallop died in 1988.
Green was a voiceover artist in his own right and had the above mentioned powerful hit Ringo, which some bought thinking that it was about Ringo Starr. But, the name certainly helped calling attention to the disk in 1964. Most knew Lorne as Ben Cartright. He died the year before Gallop in 1987.
The next one I just have to include is Stan Freberg. While his career of chart topping parodies is monumental, he also remains one of the most recognizable voices in Hollywood. His first hit pre-dates the Billboard Hot 100 chart – John and Marsha from 1951 and only has two different words throughout - John and Marsha. Both parts were played by Stan. There was a reenactment of this parody on an episode of "Mad Men."
I could go on and on. There have been many over the years. The above are just some I remember. Can you name some that I didn't mention? Please leave your comments.