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Art Baker Collection

One of the most popular announcers in Hollywood, Art Baker got his start giving talks at Forest Lawn Memorial Park.

Art Baker

56 old time radio show recordings
(total playtime 19 hours, 38 min)
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Art Baker
(1898 – 1966)

How we deal with death can be a commentary on how we live our lives. Forest Lawn Memorial Park in the Los Angeles suburb of Glendale has been criticized for a "Disneyland-type theme park approach to death", but for decades it has been the final resting place for some of the biggest names in show business. Founder of the Memorial Park concept, Dr. Hubert Eaton was a firm believer in a joyous afterlife and rejected the "unsightly, depressing stoneyards" which was the image of traditional cemeteries.

Under the supervision of Eaton and his successors, Forest Lawn became "as unlike other cemeteries as sunshine is unlike darkness." There are more than 1,500 statues on the grounds, several of which are reproductions of classic works of art, Da Vinci's "Last Supper" is reproduced in stained glass, and three of the nondenominational chapels are exact replicas of famous European churches. More than 6,000 couples have been wed at Forest Lawn, including Ronald Reagan to his first wife, Jane Wyman. The Forest Lawn Museum is home to one of the finest collections of art on the West Coast as well as hosting several rotating exhibits. The Memorial Park is well known for its exclusivity, which in the past crossed the line into segregation and "for decades refused entrance to blacks, Jews, and Chinese". Forest Lawn is and has been many things, but one of the most unexpected was a stepping stone to a show business career.

Art Baker was born in New York City, 1898, and seemed destined to become a professional singer. He was 18 when he struck out for Chicago, determined to work during the day and study and sing at night. His plans took a skid when America entered the Great War. In the Army, Baker was used as a song leader, and he often found himself leading as many as 10,000 soldiers in song. Art's hair went prematurely white while he was in the service, which added to his authority as a song leader and became a trademark throughout his career. After mustering out, Art hooked up with traveling evangelist shows and was traveling with Aimee Semple McPherson when he made his way to California.

After McPherson founded the Foursquare Church, Baker opened an appliance store in Glendale, but when the depression hit no one was interested in buying refrigerators and the store's assets were frozen. Baker was hired by Forest Lawn as a tour guide and he was also tasked with giving motivational speeches to the Memorial Park's sales staff. Someone in the sales department had the idea of broadcasting a radio program which would become Tapestries of Life. Baker was given hosting duties for the series because he had "a pretty good voice" and was already on the payroll.

Once he got into the world of broadcasting, Baker knew he had found a home. Soon, he found himself in an audition for General Mills and he got the job as "Art Baker, the Bisquick Maker" over thirty more established announcers. The program was Hollywood in Person and featured a "studio on wheels" where Baker would conduct candid "man on the street" interviews. Soon, he was working on 22 different shows each week, including Art Baker's Notebook which ran for more than a decade. Baker was the announcer for Hedda Harper's Hollywood in 1939 and became Bob Hope's announcer on The Pepsodent Show in 1941. He was the first host of the popular People are Funny in 1942, the season which featured a young man trying to check into the swank Knickerbocker Hotel with a trained seal posing as his wife! In 1942, the series was taken over by Art Linkletter.

Baker dabbled in movies and was often tapped for supporting roles as senators, police detectives, executives, or doctors. His most important role was as Police Detective Cooley opposite Gregory Peck and Ingrid Bergman in Hitchcock's Spellbound (1945). On TV, he hosted You Asked For It from 1950-1959. The show was live for the early seasons, and Baker was clearly unnerved by some of the dangerous stunts, including a live anaconda which nearly got the better of stuntman Reed Parham (assistants were forced to intervene with guns drawn.)

Art Baker was felled by a fatal heart attack while visiting a Los Angeles bank on August 26, 1966. He was interred at the Great Mausoleum at Forest Lawn where his career began. A Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame was dedicated on February 6, 1960, honoring Art Baker's contributions to Radio.

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    56 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $5.00. Total playtime 19 hours, 38 min
    56 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $5.00
    total playtime 19 hours, 38 min
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    1. 56 shows - total playtime 19 hours 38 minutes
    2. Action Theater 440115 High Explosive.mp3
    3. Art Bakers Notebook 471225 Christmas Is Filed Under C.mp3
    4. Art Bakers Notebook 481206 Jesus Birth Date.mp3
    5. Art Bakers Notebook Afrs 334.mp3
    6. Bob Hope 410128 097 Basil Rathbone.mp3
    7. Bob Hope 410415 108 Hedda Hopper.mp3
    8. Bob Hope 410603 115 Humphrey Bogart.mp3
    9. Chamber Music Society 520419 00 Thats Aplenty.mp3
    10. Chamber Music Society 520719 Riverboat Shuffle Last Episode.mp3
    11. Chevrolet Show 541013 112 Mr Sandman.mp3
    12. Chevrolet Show 541124 124 Got My Love Keep Warm G.Travis.mp3
    13. Chevrolet Show 541222 132 Let It Snow.mp3
    14. Chevrolet Show 541229 134 Its Crazy But Im In Love.mp3
    15. Chevrolet Show 550105 136 Know More About Guestmel Torme.mp3
    16. Chevrolet Show 550121 141 If I Ever Needed You.mp3
    17. Chevrolet Show 550126 142 On My Come And Get It Day.mp3
    18. Chevrolet Spotlights News 530808.mp3
    19. Date With Judy 440222 043 Frank Sinatra Builldup.mp3
    20. Date With Judy 440307 045 Car Trouble.mp3
    21. Date With Judy 440314 046 Income Tax.mp3
    22. Date With Judy 440328 048 Love In Slums.mp3
    23. Date With Judy 440404 049 Love On Run.mp3
    24. Date With Judy 440411 050 Fathers Tuxedo 2nd Half Only.mp3
    25. Date With Judy 440418 051 Matrimoniall Bureau.mp3
    26. Date With Judy 440425 052 Mayor.mp3
    27. Date With Judy 440502 053 Bobby Socks Blues.mp3
    28. Date With Judy 440509 054 Measles.mp3
    29. Dinah Shore Chevrolet Show 541221 Glory Of Land.mp3
    30. Dinah Shore Chevrolet Show 541224 Sleighride Together You.mp3
    31. Dinah Shore Chevrolet Show 550107 Mr. Sandman.mp3
    32. Dinah Shore Chevrolet Show 550119 Its Crazy But Im In Love.mp3
    33. Dinah Shore Chevrolet Show 550128 Mr Sandman.mp3
    34. Dinah Shore Chevrolet Show 550330 Dont You Know.mp3
    35. Dinah Shore Chevrolet Show 550401 April Showers.mp3
    36. Dinah Shore Chevrolet Show 550404 It All Depends On You.mp3
    37. Dinah Shore Chevrolet Show 550420 Sentimental Journey.mp3
    38. Dinah Shore Chevrolet Show 550422 Tweedly Tweedly Dee.mp3
    39. Dinah Shore Chevrolet Show 550506 Tweedly Tweedly Dee.mp3
    40. Dinah Shore Chevrolet Show 550511 Play Mr Banjo.mp3
    41. Dinah Shore Chevrolet Show 550513 2 Hearts 2 Kisses One Love.mp3
    42. Dinah Shore Chevrolet Show 550615 Its Great Feeling.mp3
    43. Dinah Shore Chevrolet Show 550617 Its Good Day.mp3
    44. Dinah Shore Chevrolet Show 550622 In Good Ole Summertime.mp3
    45. Dinah Shore Chevrolet Show 550624 Play Mr Banjo.mp3
    46. Gunsmoke 580921 Big Girl Lost.mp3
    47. Hedda Hopper Show 501231 Jean Hersholt.mp3
    48. Hedda Hopper Show 510114 Dean Jagger.mp3
    49. Hedda Hopper Show 510211 X Carolina Cotton.mp3
    50. Hedda Hopper Show 510304 X Roy Rogers.mp3
    51. Hedda Hopper Show 510318 J. Carroll Naish.mp3
    52. Hedda Hopper Show 510401 X Agnes Moorehead.mp3
    53. Hedda Hopper Show 510408 X Andrews Sisters.mp3
    54. Hedda Hopper Show 510415 X Abbott And Costello.mp3
    55. Hedda Hopper Show 510422 X William Farum.mp3
    56. Hedda Hopper Show 510513 X Paulette Goddard.mp3
    57. Lone Ranger 491102 2620 Boastful Bandit.mp3
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    56 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $5.00. Total playtime 19 hours, 38 min
    56 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $5.00
    total playtime 19 hours, 38 min
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    1. 56 shows - total playtime 19 hours 38 minutes
    2. Action Theater 440115 High Explosive.mp3
    3. Art Bakers Notebook 471225 Christmas Is Filed Under C.mp3
    4. Art Bakers Notebook 481206 Jesus Birth Date.mp3
    5. Art Bakers Notebook Afrs 334.mp3
    6. Bob Hope 410128 097 Basil Rathbone.mp3
    7. Bob Hope 410415 108 Hedda Hopper.mp3
    8. Bob Hope 410603 115 Humphrey Bogart.mp3
    9. Chamber Music Society 520419 00 Thats Aplenty.mp3
    10. Chamber Music Society 520719 Riverboat Shuffle Last Episode.mp3
    11. Chevrolet Show 541013 112 Mr Sandman.mp3
    12. Chevrolet Show 541124 124 Got My Love Keep Warm G.Travis.mp3
    13. Chevrolet Show 541222 132 Let It Snow.mp3
    14. Chevrolet Show 541229 134 Its Crazy But Im In Love.mp3
    15. Chevrolet Show 550105 136 Know More About Guestmel Torme.mp3
    16. Chevrolet Show 550121 141 If I Ever Needed You.mp3
    17. Chevrolet Show 550126 142 On My Come And Get It Day.mp3
    18. Chevrolet Spotlights News 530808.mp3
    19. Date With Judy 440222 043 Frank Sinatra Builldup.mp3
    20. Date With Judy 440307 045 Car Trouble.mp3
    21. Date With Judy 440314 046 Income Tax.mp3
    22. Date With Judy 440328 048 Love In Slums.mp3
    23. Date With Judy 440404 049 Love On Run.mp3
    24. Date With Judy 440411 050 Fathers Tuxedo 2nd Half Only.mp3
    25. Date With Judy 440418 051 Matrimoniall Bureau.mp3
    26. Date With Judy 440425 052 Mayor.mp3
    27. Date With Judy 440502 053 Bobby Socks Blues.mp3
    28. Date With Judy 440509 054 Measles.mp3
    29. Dinah Shore Chevrolet Show 541221 Glory Of Land.mp3
    30. Dinah Shore Chevrolet Show 541224 Sleighride Together You.mp3
    31. Dinah Shore Chevrolet Show 550107 Mr. Sandman.mp3
    32. Dinah Shore Chevrolet Show 550119 Its Crazy But Im In Love.mp3
    33. Dinah Shore Chevrolet Show 550128 Mr Sandman.mp3
    34. Dinah Shore Chevrolet Show 550330 Dont You Know.mp3
    35. Dinah Shore Chevrolet Show 550401 April Showers.mp3
    36. Dinah Shore Chevrolet Show 550404 It All Depends On You.mp3
    37. Dinah Shore Chevrolet Show 550420 Sentimental Journey.mp3
    38. Dinah Shore Chevrolet Show 550422 Tweedly Tweedly Dee.mp3
    39. Dinah Shore Chevrolet Show 550506 Tweedly Tweedly Dee.mp3
    40. Dinah Shore Chevrolet Show 550511 Play Mr Banjo.mp3
    41. Dinah Shore Chevrolet Show 550513 2 Hearts 2 Kisses One Love.mp3
    42. Dinah Shore Chevrolet Show 550615 Its Great Feeling.mp3
    43. Dinah Shore Chevrolet Show 550617 Its Good Day.mp3
    44. Dinah Shore Chevrolet Show 550622 In Good Ole Summertime.mp3
    45. Dinah Shore Chevrolet Show 550624 Play Mr Banjo.mp3
    46. Gunsmoke 580921 Big Girl Lost.mp3
    47. Hedda Hopper Show 501231 Jean Hersholt.mp3
    48. Hedda Hopper Show 510114 Dean Jagger.mp3
    49. Hedda Hopper Show 510211 X Carolina Cotton.mp3
    50. Hedda Hopper Show 510304 X Roy Rogers.mp3
    51. Hedda Hopper Show 510318 J. Carroll Naish.mp3
    52. Hedda Hopper Show 510401 X Agnes Moorehead.mp3
    53. Hedda Hopper Show 510408 X Andrews Sisters.mp3
    54. Hedda Hopper Show 510415 X Abbott And Costello.mp3
    55. Hedda Hopper Show 510422 X William Farum.mp3
    56. Hedda Hopper Show 510513 X Paulette Goddard.mp3
    57. Lone Ranger 491102 2620 Boastful Bandit.mp3
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    56 recordings on 20 Audio CDs. Total playtime 19 hours, 38 min
    56 recordings on 20 Audio CDs
    total playtime 19 hours, 38 min

    Art Baker Disc A001

    1. Art Bakers Notebook Afrs 334
    2. Bob Hope 410128 097 Basil Rathbone
    3. Bob Hope 410415 108 Hedda Hopper

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    Art Baker Disc A002

    1. Bob Hope 410603 115 Humphrey Bogart
    2. Action Theater 440115 High Explosive

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    Art Baker Disc A003

    1. Date With Judy 440222 043 Frank Sinatra Builldup
    2. Date With Judy 440307 045 Car Trouble

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    Art Baker Disc A004

    1. Date With Judy 440314 046 Income Tax
    2. Date With Judy 440328 048 Love In Slums

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    Art Baker Disc A005

    1. Date With Judy 440404 049 Love On Run
    2. Date With Judy 440411 050 Fathers Tuxedo 2nd Half Only

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    Art Baker Disc A006

    1. Date With Judy 440418 051 Matrimoniall Bureau
    2. Date With Judy 440425 052 Mayor

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    Art Baker Disc A007

    1. Date With Judy 440502 053 Bobby Socks Blues
    2. Date With Judy 440509 054 Measles

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    Art Baker Disc A008

    1. Art Bakers Notebook 471225 Christmas Is Filed Under C
    2. Art Bakers Notebook 481206 Jesus Birth Date
    3. Lone Ranger 491102 2620 Boastful Bandit

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    Art Baker Disc A009

    1. Hedda Hopper Show 501231 Jean Hersholt
    2. Hedda Hopper Show 510114 Dean Jagger

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    Art Baker Disc A010

    1. Hedda Hopper Show 510211 X Carolina Cotton
    2. Hedda Hopper Show 510304 X Roy Rogers

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    Art Baker Disc A011

    1. Hedda Hopper Show 510318 J. Carroll Naish
    2. Hedda Hopper Show 510401 X Agnes Moorehead

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    Art Baker Disc A012

    1. Hedda Hopper Show 510408 X Andrews Sisters
    2. Hedda Hopper Show 510415 X Abbott And Costello

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    Art Baker Disc A013

    1. Hedda Hopper Show 510422 X William Farum
    2. Hedda Hopper Show 510513 X Paulette Goddard

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    Art Baker Disc A014

    1. Chamber Music Society 520419 00 Thats Aplenty
    2. Chamber Music Society 520719 Riverboat Shuffle Last Episode
    3. Chevrolet Spotlights News 530808

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    Art Baker Disc A015

    1. Chevrolet Show 541013 112 Mr Sandman
    2. Chevrolet Show 541124 124 Got My Love Keep Warm G.Travis
    3. Dinah Shore Chevrolet Show 541221 Glory Of Land
    4. Chevrolet Show 541222 132 Let It Snow

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    Art Baker Disc A016

    1. Dinah Shore Chevrolet Show 541224 Sleighride Together You
    2. Chevrolet Show 541229 134 Its Crazy But Im In Love
    3. Chevrolet Show 550105 136 Know More About Guestmel Torme
    4. Dinah Shore Chevrolet Show 550107 Mr. Sandman

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    Art Baker Disc A017

    1. Dinah Shore Chevrolet Show 550119 Its Crazy But Im In Love
    2. Chevrolet Show 550121 141 If I Ever Needed You
    3. Chevrolet Show 550126 142 On My Come And Get It Day
    4. Dinah Shore Chevrolet Show 550128 Mr Sandman
    5. Dinah Shore Chevrolet Show 550330 Dont You Know

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    Art Baker Disc A018

    1. Dinah Shore Chevrolet Show 550401 April Showers
    2. Dinah Shore Chevrolet Show 550404 It All Depends On You
    3. Dinah Shore Chevrolet Show 550420 Sentimental Journey
    4. Dinah Shore Chevrolet Show 550422 Tweedly Tweedly Dee

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    Art Baker Disc A019

    1. Dinah Shore Chevrolet Show 550506 Tweedly Tweedly Dee
    2. Dinah Shore Chevrolet Show 550511 Play Mr Banjo
    3. Dinah Shore Chevrolet Show 550513 2 Hearts 2 Kisses One Love
    4. Dinah Shore Chevrolet Show 550615 Its Great Feeling

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    Art Baker Disc A020

    1. Dinah Shore Chevrolet Show 550617 Its Good Day
    2. Dinah Shore Chevrolet Show 550622 In Good Ole Summertime
    3. Dinah Shore Chevrolet Show 550624 Play Mr Banjo
    4. Gunsmoke 580921 Big Girl Lost

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