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catwoman55 (catwoman55)
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Post Number: 592
Registered: 12-2004
Posted From: 64.255.180.66
Posted on Sunday, February 22, 2009 - 9:04 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

One of my favorite Good Guys at WVON years ago...I heard about him passing away earlier today on WHPK. Services are on 2-28 at AR Leak. I have no other info.
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Marv (marv2)
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Username: marv2

Post Number: 484
Registered: 11-2008
Posted From: 64.12.116.18
Posted on Sunday, February 22, 2009 - 9:12 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)


Bill Butterball Crane
Bill Butterball Crane
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GEETEE(HPK) (geeteehpk)
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Username: geeteehpk

Post Number: 2858
Registered: 9-2004
Posted From: 155.181.152.1
Posted on Sunday, February 22, 2009 - 9:19 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Oh no! I'm so sorry to hear that. :-(
He was one of my favorites from the Good Guys.

May he rest in peace!
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Robb_K (robb_k)
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Username: robb_k

Post Number: 9805
Registered: 4-2004
Posted From: 66.81.120.166
Posted on Monday, February 23, 2009 - 6:03 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I'm sorry to hear that. I liked him a lot, too.
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boba (boba)
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Username: boba

Post Number: 850
Registered: 11-2005
Posted From: 208.252.128.18
Posted on Monday, February 23, 2009 - 12:25 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Someone just emailed me saying that this is not true.
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Frankie B. (frankie_b)
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Username: frankie_b

Post Number: 329
Registered: 4-2004
Posted From: 24.73.99.170
Posted on Monday, February 23, 2009 - 12:30 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

very sad news indeed! I have several taped airchecks of him on WYNR/Chicago from the summer of 64, days before the station switched formats, and he was hilarious!! (probably because he knew he was gonna be looking for work anyway in a few days...) Another essential part of Chicago soul history lost! RIP Butterball! (and I might add that he was the "real" Butterball!!..the guy in Philly on WDAS came later...)
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dvdmike (dvdmike)
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Username: dvdmike

Post Number: 2021
Registered: 4-2004
Posted From: 38.115.155.175
Posted on Monday, February 23, 2009 - 3:37 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

This was sent to me today:

On Mon, 2/23/09, skipscoolsite@comcast.net <skipscoolsite@comcast.net> wrote:

From: skipscoolsite@comcast.net <skipscoolsite@comcast.net>
Subject: Retraction on Bill Butterball Crane WVON,Chicago,I
To:
Date: Monday, February 23, 2009, 11:19 AM

Please be advised that the reported death and posting of a picture of WVON's former Good Guys Disk Jockey is erroneous!

Bill Butter Ball Crane is alive and well !!

The poster apparently got there information confuse with another person
named Bill Butter Ball Crane AKA Jimmy Reynolds who is being waked at
AR Leak.

This information was posted on Soulful Detroit forum !

http://www.soulfuldetroit.com/ forum/

Please pass on correct information !
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Marv (marv2)
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Username: marv2

Post Number: 487
Registered: 11-2008
Posted From: 69.117.127.85
Posted on Monday, February 23, 2009 - 3:41 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

This is great news! Butterball lives! So much bad news these days. I loved Butterball in Philly too. He was fantastic when I used to listen. Then there is our Butterball Jr. in Detroit.
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catwoman55 (catwoman55)
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Username: catwoman55

Post Number: 595
Registered: 12-2004
Posted From: 98.212.122.131
Posted on Monday, February 23, 2009 - 3:54 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I DO apologize. I am very sorry that I posted incorrect information, and unfortunately I assumed that the source was correct. I did not intend to start any rumors. I am happy to hear that Butterball is indeed alive. If a formal retraction is needed, then please advise.

Cat
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Marv (marv2)
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Username: marv2

Post Number: 488
Registered: 11-2008
Posted From: 69.117.127.85
Posted on Monday, February 23, 2009 - 3:57 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Cat, that is ok, no one here is totally perfect. I am just happy that he is still with the living.

Thanks
Marv
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Frankie B. (frankie_b)
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Username: frankie_b

Post Number: 330
Registered: 4-2004
Posted From: 97.97.207.87
Posted on Monday, February 23, 2009 - 7:38 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Same here!!!! Was he sick / hospitalized???? I guess what I'm asking is if there is a contact address to send well wishes and just a "thanks for still being alive and in the present tense" kind of thing.....man, I'm relieved!!! I wish I had more of his airchecks!! He was a riot on the air, his delivery and ad libbing over the records...total opposite of Herb Kent who was way more subdued and cool sounding..never talked over the songs,etc....kinda like the past and the present as far as air personalities went...
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boba (boba)
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Username: boba

Post Number: 853
Registered: 11-2005
Posted From: 208.252.128.18
Posted on Monday, February 23, 2009 - 8:00 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Frankie, I think I have a different butterball aircheck than the one you mentioned, I will check.
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michael r. lee shue (mikey)
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Username: mikey

Post Number: 2175
Registered: 11-2004
Posted From: 99.243.161.52
Posted on Monday, February 23, 2009 - 9:33 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I cooked a butterball turkey last week.
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Frankie B. (frankie_b)
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Username: frankie_b

Post Number: 331
Registered: 4-2004
Posted From: 97.97.207.87
Posted on Monday, February 23, 2009 - 9:43 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Thanks so much!!! I love that stuff, and the tunes being played are excellent! This tape I have is from the last week of August, 64 (labor day weekend promos)and ALL the guys on that day (except Floyd Brown)sounded like they were half in the bag!I think they all knew the station was on its way out.. The guy doing afternoons(before butterball) "big Jim Randolph" is hilarious! Anything you can find would be appreciated....I'd gladly pay you for a copy of whatever you have! Thanks again...and let me say I heard your Versalettes interview a few months back and thought it was great!
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boba (boba)
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Username: boba

Post Number: 856
Registered: 11-2005
Posted From: 99.140.227.94
Posted on Monday, February 23, 2009 - 9:53 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Frankie, thanks for your nice comment. The butterball show I have is 8/29/1967. email me at bobabrahamian@gmail.com and give me your address and I'll send you a cd of it.
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GEETEE(HPK) (geeteehpk)
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Username: geeteehpk

Post Number: 2862
Registered: 9-2004
Posted From: 155.181.152.1
Posted on Tuesday, February 24, 2009 - 1:14 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

It's good to know that Bill "Butterball" Crane from the 'VON days,is still alive.

The DJ in Philly that goes by the nickname "Butterball",is not the same person.
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Marv (marv2)
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Username: marv2

Post Number: 515
Registered: 11-2008
Posted From: 64.12.116.18
Posted on Wednesday, February 25, 2009 - 5:29 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Hey GEETEE, I know, our Butterball in Philly is also a legend there and very popular.
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Marv (marv2)
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Username: marv2

Post Number: 516
Registered: 11-2008
Posted From: 64.12.116.18
Posted on Wednesday, February 25, 2009 - 5:33 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)


butter05
Joe "Butterball" Tamburro in Philly
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GEETEE(HPK) (geeteehpk)
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Username: geeteehpk

Post Number: 2877
Registered: 9-2004
Posted From: 75.22.204.130
Posted on Wednesday, February 25, 2009 - 5:48 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

That's him! I used to listen to him on WDAS,when I was living in Philly.
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Marv (marv2)
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Post Number: 518
Registered: 11-2008
Posted From: 64.12.116.18
Posted on Wednesday, February 25, 2009 - 8:35 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Yep! That's my (other) Butterball! LOL! I listen to him, Harvey Holiday, Hy-Lit, Jerry Blaveats, Mary Mason, oh and host of other excellent Philly and South Jersey DJ's when I lived there too. They all reminded me of the great ones I was missing back in Detroit,Toledo and Canada.
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Gerald Thomas (tikogto)
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Username: tikogto

Post Number: 17
Registered: 3-2005
Posted From: 166.217.20.130
Posted on Thursday, March 05, 2009 - 2:59 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I remember him playing "Hungry For Love" by the San Remo Golden Strings on WCHB in Inkster before Butterball jr.
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Marv (marv2)
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Username: marv2

Post Number: 589
Registered: 11-2008
Posted From: 69.117.127.85
Posted on Thursday, March 05, 2009 - 8:12 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Hey Gerald, I use to listen to WCHB too back the day!

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