RIP, Thurl Ravenscroft


I’ve never been a big fan of shills, but I loved Tony the Tiger even though I also didn’t care for the cereal he hawked. And I was probably responding mostly to Thurl Ravenscroft’s voice–so deep, so kind, so trustworthy-sounding. He not only sang with a group called the Mellomen; he was, himself, a mellow man. Or so he always sounded.

Over the past thirty years, I’ve kept discovering that voice in new places–on TV, in movies, on records, and even in amusement parks. And since it showed up so often, over something like seventy years, I expect to keep being pleasantly surprised by it for a long time to come.

Side note: Is Thurl Ravenscroft the single best name of all time? And does anyone know if his given name was, in fact, Thurl Ravenscroft?

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