Harry Babbitt (1913 - 2004)

Harry Babbitt
1913 - 2004
updated February 06, 2019
Harry Babbitt was born on November 2, 1913 in St. Louis, Missouri. He was born to Harry E Babbitt and Daisy Babbitt, with siblings Marguerite, Ruth, William, and Eugene. He married Betty Babbitt. Harry died on April 9, 2004 in Aliso Viejo, California at 90 years of age.

Singer. He was the featured soloist with the Kay Kyser big band from 1938 to about 1949 while also serving in the Navy from 1944 to 1946. Dubbed "Handsome Harry," he sang on such hits as "The White Cliffs of Dover," "Three Little Fishes," and "On a Slow Boat to China," to name a few. He also appeared in seven movies and was the laugh of Woody Woodpecker. He retired from show business in 1964 and had a successful career in real estate. When Kay Kyser died in 1985, he obtained the rights to the band's name and catalog from Kyser's widow and started touring the country with a new band. He stopped performing in the mid-1990s.
Bio by: Ron Moody
Babbitt was host of an early morning radio show, The Second Cup of Coffee Club on CBS.[4] It ran 10 years in the 1940s and 1950s. He also co-starred with Mary Small on By Popular Demand, a weekly program on Mutual in 1945-1946.[3]
Babbitt's obituary in Variety called him "a television pioneer," noting that "he hosted two long-running musical shows on KTLA-TV in Los Angeles: Bandstand Review and Hollywood Opportunity. He also hosted an NBC program, Glamour Girl,[5] which ran in 1953-1954 and provided "wardrobe advice, beauty treatments and other tips ... designed to make the average woman a glamour girl."
In later years Babbitt retired from show business in 1964 and made money in real estate in Orange County, California. He also managed the Newport Tennis Club and headed public relations for a retirement community, both in Orange County.[7]
After Kyser died, Babbitt went on tour with a new band, using Kyser's name and music. He retired from that in the mid-1990s.
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Harry Babbitt was born on in St. Louis, Missouri United States

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Harry Babbitt died on in Aliso Viejo, Orange County, California United States

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at Cremated. Ashes given to family or a friend,

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Harry Babbitt passed away on April 9, 2004 in Aliso Viejo, California at 90 years old. He was buried in Cremated. Ashes given to family or a friend. He was born on November 2, 1913 in St. Louis, Missouri. He was born to Harry E Babbitt and Daisy Babbitt, with siblings Marguerite, Ruth, William, and Eugene. Harry married Betty Babbitt.
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In 1913, in the year that Harry Babbitt was born, ratified in February the 16th Amendment, establishing a Federal income tax, became law. Previously, customs duties (tariffs) and excise taxes were the primary sources of federal revenue. With the passage of the 16th Amendment, incomes of couples exceeding $4,000, as well as those of single persons earning $3,000 or more, were subject to a 1% Federal tax (that would be about $98,000 and $74,000 now). Rates rose to 7% for incomes over half a million dollars. Less than 1% of the population was subject to income tax.

In 1929, Harry was 16 years old when on March 4th, Herbert Hoover became the 31st President of the United States. Early in his presidency, the October stock market crash - "Black Tuesday" - occurred, which lead to the Great Depression. None of his economic policies were able to make a dent in the Depression. This lead to one term and the election of Democrat Franklin D. Roosevelt winning the 1933 election in a landslide.

In 1954, he was 41 years old when on May 17th, the Supreme Court released a decision on Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka. The ruling stated that state laws establishing separate public schools for black and white students was unconstitutional thus paving the way for integration in schools.

In 1977, by the time he was 64 years old, on January 21st, President Carter pardoned "draft dodgers" - men who avoided the draft during the Vietnam War. He fulfilled a campaign promise with the pardon. But it only applied to civilian evaders - the estimated 500,000 to 1 million active-duty personnel who went AWOL were not included.

In 1984, he was 71 years old when due to outrage about "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom" (it seemed too "dark" to many and it was rated PG), a new rating was devised - PG-13. The first film rated PG-13 was "Red Dawn".

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