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Shout-out to my fellow Audiophiles: voice ID help needed

 
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craigcrumpton
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 16, 2010 4:40 am    Post subject: Shout-out to my fellow Audiophiles: voice ID help needed Reply with quote

I've been working on a feature article for my blog featuring performers of vocal sound effects, and a name came across the wire today via an interview that I wasn't previously familiar with: Charlie Williams, aka "The Noise Guy."

So I gave him a plug on the blog:

http://voiceactors.wordpress.com/2010/01/16/charlie-williams-noise-guy/

And it gave me the opportunity to ask my readers for assistance in identifying a voice from my past -- someone I must include in my article because his recording is the oldest I've heard. I feel he was a pioneer in vocal SFX and without knowing who he is my article will be incomplete.

Here's an excerpt from my blog about what I recall of the performer:

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When I was a kid (back in the late 70s), my grandparents had a vinyl record that might have been from the 50s or 60s that featured live and studio-recorded performances by a Grand Master of vocal sound effects. The live portions resembled a sort of stand-up comedy performance, and he performed using a bullhorn (which I recall he said he kept in his car to pull pranks on other drivers and pedestrians).

He also performed live the most complex vocal sound effect Iíve ever heard: a train going from start to stop, and even moving between cars in the middle.

It was simply one of the most astounding things Iíve ever heard and Iíve spent a lifetime trying to replicate the performance.

I think the album cover for the record might have been red in color, and I do recall there were photos of the guy performing on the back.


Surely one of our members here heard this same recording I remember hearing 30 years ago and can help me to ID this voice, so any assistance would be greatly appreciated.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 16, 2010 10:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Would it be Victor Borge by any chance?
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 16, 2010 11:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Could it be Wes Harrison?

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 17, 2010 2:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lee Gordon wrote:
Could it be Wes Harrison?

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Holy crap! That's the guy! Thank you so much, Lee!

Now to track down those recordings.

I had no idea he'd still be alive too. I'll see if I can get an interview with him for my article.

And thank you as well, Lizden. I should definitely mention Borge in my article.
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