Tom Glazer

Genres: Folk
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Decades Active: 2000s
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Biography

3 September 1914, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, d. 21 February 2003, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. Glazer’s major claim to fame as an artist was as the instigator behind the 1963 novelty record ‘On Top Of Spaghetti’. Sung to the tune of Burl Ives favourite ‘On Top Of Old Smoky’, the parody featured a chorus of children (the Do-Re-Mi Children’s Chorus) offering such lines as ‘On top of spaghetti, all covered with cheese.’ Glazer had sung in choirs as a child, and after three years at New York’s City College, he began making his living in music, playing bass and tuba in jazz and military outfits. He became a folk singer in the 40s, specializing in children’s music, and hosted his own radio programme between 1945 and 1947. Along with contemporaries Woody Guthrie and Josh White, Glazer was responsible for helping establish folk music as a national phenomenon in the 40s. In 1957, he wrote the score for the film A...

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