Friday, April 23, 2004

BIG BAND OBIT: Harry Babbitt, the voice behind Woody Woodpecker's laugh, has died at the age of 90 in Newport Beach. Babbitt provided Woody's laugh on the Kay Kyser Band's 1948 novelty hit; he also offered more conventional vocals on the orchestra's other hits. His high voice was put to good use on 'All I Want For Christmas is My Two Front Teeth'. it was with the band that he also made several movies. In 1964, Babbitt retired from showbiz and became a realtor, although he made a comeback in 1985 when he bought the rights to Kyser's band name and back catalogue from Kay Kyser's widow. He toured up until the mid 90s.

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