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Oscar Brand

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Prolific Canadian folk singer of more than 3 hundred songs, including well-known numbers like Something To Sing On the subject of. He also hosted the Oscar Brand’s Folksong Celebration. He shifted from Canada to NY to review at Brooklyn University as a man. He earned the renowned Peabody Prize in 1982 for his transmit of The Weekend Show on Country wide Open public Radio. He wedded Karen Lynn Grossman in 1970. His radio present, Oscar Brand’s Folksong Festival, released the general public to a multitude of performers including Joan Baez.

Quick Facts


Full Name Oscar Brand
Date Of Birth February 7, 1920
Died September 30, 2016, Great Neck, New York, United States
Place Of Birth Canada
Profession Folk Singer
Education Brooklyn College
Nationality American, Canadian
Spouse Karen Lynn Grossman
Children Eric Brand, Jordan Brand, Jeannie Brand, James Brand
Parents I. Z. Brand
Awards Peabody Award
Movies Chords of Fame, Dodge City
Star Sign Aquarius

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#Fact
1Oscar Brand continues to broadcast his program, "Folksong Festival" on Radio Station WNYC every week. Now it is heard on Saturday Nights at 10:00 PM instead of on Sunday Nights. It has the distinction of being the longest continuously broadcast program on radio, worldwide. It is so noted in the Guinness Book of World Records. It was originally supposed to be a temporary program but here it is 71 years later still being broadcast and featuring folk singers of today and yesterday. His last show was September 24, 2016. [September 2016]
2Hired as coordinator of folk music for New York City's municipal radio station, WNYC, in 1945. His half-hour Sunday evening broadcast, Folksong Festival, was hugely popular. He later specialized in the songs of American servicemen, of which he recorded several albums, including "G.I.: American Army Songs" (Riverside), "Every Inch a Sailor" (Elektra), "Tell it to the Marines" (Elektra), and "The Wild Blue Yonder" (Elektra).
3Graduated from Brooklyn College in 1942 with B.A. in abnormal psychology.
4His father, I. Z. Brand, was an interpreter to the Indians for the Hudson's Bay Company at Portage La Prairie, Manitoba.
5For his work in films, books, and recordings, he won many awards, including the Valley Forge Memorial Award, the Golden Reel Award, the Scholastic Award, the awards of the Edinburgh and Venice film festivals, the New York Critics Award, the National Council of Christians and Jews award, the Peabody citation, Brooklyn College's Community Service Award, and the Thomas Alva Edison Award for the best children's program.
6He served as president of Heritage Music and of Harlequin Productions, Inc.


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Words to Music: The Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame 20062006TV Movie writer: "A Guy is a Guy"
Tribute to Harry Chapin1991TV Special documentary performer: "Circle"
The Fox1967lyrics: "Roll It Over" / music: "Roll It Over"
A Ballad for the Fair1964Documentary short performer: "A Ballad for the Fair" / writer: "A Ballad for the Fair"

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Rovers Comedy House1981TV Series
Draw Me a Laugh1949TV Series

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Dodge City2005Documentary short

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
8 X 8: A Chess Sonata in 8 Movements1957singer

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
American Masters2005TV Series documentary special thanks - 1 episode

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Lead Belly: Life, Legend, LegacyDocumentary post-productionHimself
Greenwich Village: Music That Defined a Generation2012DocumentaryHimself
Blacklist: Recovering the Life of Canada Lee2008DocumentaryInterviewee
The Kingston Trio: 50 Years of Havin' Fun2006Video documentary
The Legend of Liam Clancy2006TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Get Up, Stand Up2003TV Series documentaryHimself - Interviewee
American Masters1999TV Series documentaryHimself
Tribute to Harry Chapin1991TV Special documentaryHimself
Chords of Fame1984DocumentaryHimself
The Mike Douglas Show1963-1972TV SeriesHimself - Folk Singer / Himself - Folksinger
The David Frost Show1972TV SeriesHimself
Today1966TV SeriesHimself
First Look1965TV Series documentaryHost
Once Upon a Coffee House1965Himself
A Ballad for the Fair1964Documentary shortHimself (voice)
The Jack Paar Tonight Show1962TV SeriesHimself
Camera Three1959TV SeriesHimself
It Takes Everybody to Build This Land1951Documentary shortHimself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1996Personal AwardPeabody Awards


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#Quote
1Since I first learned that words had meaning and that they could be communicated via the printed page, I have wanted to be a writer. I've also had a love affair with the stage -- since the day in 1924 when I was admitted free into the Pantages Theatre in Winnipeg.
2If you're carrying a guitar, you can feel safe anywhere in the world.


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