Freberg, Stan

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Freberg, Stan Gender: M
Stanley Victor Friberg
born on 7 August 1926 at 15:50 (= 3:50 PM )
Place Los Angeles, California, 34n03, 118w15
Timezone PST h8w (is standard time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_leocol.18.gif 14°41' s_mo.18.gif s_leocol.18.gif 08°18 Asc.s_sagcol.18.gif 28°07'

Alternative rectified time
According to father, "in the wee hours"
Date 7 August 1926 at 04:00 (= 04:00 AM )
Place Los Angeles, CA (US), 34n03, 118w15
Timezone PST h8w (is standard time)
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_leocol.18.gif 14°13' s_mo.18.gif s_leocol.18.gif 02°24 Asc.s_cancol.18.gif 29°19'

Stan Freberg (1956)


American satirist and comedy writer whose humor and creative imagination helped him win 21 Clio awards in the advertising industry. Freberg, an enormously talented composer whose intricate rhymes and uncanny ear for song styles, sold millions of satirical comedy single records that put him on top of the pop music charts in the late 1950s. His talents also earned him three Emmy Awards and a Grammy.

His father, Victor Friberg, was a Baptist minister and his mother, Evelyn, a housewife. Freberg grew up an only child in his South Pasadena home. He felt lonely and spent hours listening to the radio comedy routines of Fred Allen and Jack Benny to amuse himself. The radio was magic to Freberg's imagination. His uncle worked for CBS and found abandoned radio scripts in the trash can and retrieved them for Freberg. He delighted in the scripts, practicing the routines over and over again. In high school, Freberg gave his first comedy performance for his fellow students. Encouraged by their applause he went to a Hollywood talent agency in 1944 after his high school graduation and landed a job at Warner Brothers studio a few days later. He started in the entertainment industry supplying the cartoon voices for the Looney Tunes cartoons.

By 1951 he scored his first big success with the comedy record "John & Marsha," gaining a Top 40 hit. He interspersed his career with commercial pitches for anything from Meadowgold milk, Pittsburgh paint to Heinz soup. In 1953, he made another comedy record hit with "St. George and the Dragon," a colorful spoof on the Dragnet theme for Capitol Records. It sold a million copies in three weeks. Capitol released 30 single records and six albums of his popular satirical style comedy. In 1957, he had his own 15-week run radio program, "The Stan Freberg Show." His show was popular in the beginning but his audience began to falter. Rock music surged up the pop charts and the market for comedy singles was on the way to collapse. His most famous album was "Stan Freberg Presents the United States of America." He enjoyed the most visibility in the '60s.

In 1956, Freberg was invited by the Contadina food company to create a humorous ad for their tomato paste radio spots. The ads were a success and Freberg's second career in the advertising industry would receive 21 Clio awards in more than 20 years in the business.

Freberg lived with his wife and business manager, Donna Andresen in Beverly Hills, California. They had married in 1959, their daughter Donna Jean was born in 1957 and son Donavan in 1971. He was widowed in 2000, and was remarried, to Betty Hunter, from 2001 until his death.

His memoirs, "It Only Hurts When I Laugh," were published in 1988. Freberg died on 7 April 2015, aged 88, at UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica, California from pneumonia.

Link to Wikipedia biography



  • Work : New Job 1944 (Landed a job with Warner Bros. Studio)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1951 (Comedy record "John & Marsha")
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1953 (Made first comedy record)
  • Work : New Job 1956 (Moved into humorous "ads")
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1957 (Own radio show)
  • Family : Change in family responsibilities 1957 (Daughter Donna Jean born)
  • Family : Change in family responsibilities 1971 (Son Donavan born)
  • Work : New Job 1999 (Syndicated radio show)
  • Death of Mate 2000 (Donna Freberg)

Source Notes

Sy Scholfield provided birth certificate.

Previously this entry had a speculative time of 4:00 AM: LMR quotes him 9/1979, from his dad who said "in the wee hours of the morning, before dawn." This birth time has been kept as an alternative.


  • Traits : Personality : Humorous, Witty (Satire, wit)
  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Pneumonia (Fatal)
  • Family : Childhood : Only child
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (One lengthy marriage)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids 1-3 (One daughter and one son)
  • Personal : Death : Illness/ Disease (Pneumonia)
  • Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs (Age 88)
  • Vocation : Business/Marketing : Advertising (Humorous ad writer)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Comedy (Puppeteer)
  • Vocation : Writers : Autobiographer
  • Vocation : Writers : Humor
  • Notable : Awards : Emmy (3x)
  • Notable : Awards : Grammy
  • Notable : Awards : Vocational award (21 Clio awards)
  • Notable : Book Collection : Culture Collection