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He said his lifelong dream was to record the entire Bible on tape, but James Earl Jones "beat him out". Thurl Arthur Ravenscroft (/ˈθɜːrl ˈreɪvənzkrɒft/; February 6, 1914 – May 22, 2005) was an American actor, voice actor and bass singer known as the booming voice behind Kellogg's Frosted Flakes animated spokesman Tony the Tiger for more than five decades. "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch" is a Christmas song that was originally written and composed for the 1966 cartoon special Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas![1]. Grinch." Your heart is full of unwashed socks. Ravenscroft died in May 2005 at 91. In the 1980s and 1990s, Ravenscroft was narrator for the annual Pageant of the Masters art show at the Laguna Beach, California, Festival of the Arts. [6] He also played the Narrator in The Story and Song From the Haunted Mansion. Given the choice between the two of you, I'd take the seasick crocodile! : Dr. Seuss's Book of Wonderful Noises! You're a monster, Mr. Grinch. Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! You're a rotter, Mr. Grinch! Become A Better Singer In Only 30 Days, With Easy Video Lessons! The song's lyrics describe the Grinch as being unpleasant, foul-smelling, bad-mannered, despicable, and diabolical, using increasingly creative put-downs, metaphors, similes and off-hand comments by the singer, beginning with the opening line "you're a mean one, Mr. Grinch". 1 in both the United States and Britain in 1954, as well as Stuart Hamblen's original version of that same song. He died in his home on May 22, 2005 from prostate cancer. Disneyland Record "All About Dragons", DQ-1301. 49)", Lyrics to "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch" (TV version), Lyrics to "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch" (Soundtrack version), Music Inspired by Illumination & Dr. Seuss' The Grinch, Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! His name was accidentally omitted from the credits, leading many to believe that the cartoon's narrator, Boris Karloff, sang the song, while others cited Tennessee Ernie Ford as the song's signature voice.[8]. Until Ravenscroft was publicly credited, Tennessee Ernie Ford was also speculated to be the voice behind the song.[2]. He sang on the soundtrack for Ken Clark as "Stewpot" in South Pacific, one of the top-selling albums of the 1950s. The Musical, Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas. You're as cuddly as a cactus, You're as charming as an eel, Mr. Grinch. [citation needed]. He achieved early success as part of a singing group called The Mellomen. [5], His voice was heard during the Pirates of the Caribbean ride as well as the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland as Uncle Theodore, the lead vocalist of the singing busts in the cemetery near the end of the ride. : Tony the Tiger Voices Pleasure", THURL'S GRRRRRRR-EAT! The best known of these attractions are Haunted Mansion as a singing bust, Country Bear Jamboree, Mark Twain Riverboat, Pirates of the Caribbean, Disneyland Railroad, and Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room as "Fritz". The Mellomen contributed to other Disney films, such as Alice in Wonderland and Lady and the Tramp. You've got garlic in your soul, Mr Grinch. These efforts were commercially unsuccessful, if often quite interesting. Among the notables carried on board his flights were Winston Churchill and Bob Hope. He sang the "Twitterpatter Song" and "Thumper's Song" on the Disneyland record Peter Cottontail and other Funny Bunnies. Dr. Seuss: How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Andy Williams' recording of "The 12 Days of Christmas" features him as well. "Glee Cast Chart History (Holiday Digital Song Sales)", "Thurl Ravenscroft earns his first career #Hot100 entry this week, posthumously, with "You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch" (debuts at No. Mary from Phoenix, Az Okay...I found the song: "Welcome Christmas" from the Grinch cartoon. He was also the uncredited vocalist for the song "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch" from the classic Christmas television special, Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! This was deleted from the film, but can still be heard in the supplements on the 2009 DVD. FYI, Ravenscroft was initially not given credit for performing the song in the aforementioned Christmas TV special. The Musical, Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Because Ravenscroft was not credited in the closing credits of the special, it is often mistakenly attributed to Boris Karloff, who served as narrator and the voice of the Grinch in the special but who himself could not sing. and Other Stories. In 1970, he recorded an album called "Great Hymns in Story and Song", which featured him singing 10 hymns, each prefaced with the stories of how each hymn came to be, with the background vocals and instrumentals arranged and conducted by Ralph Carmichael. The Mellomen can be heard on many popular recordings of the Big Band Era, including backup for Bing Crosby, Frankie Laine, Spike Jones, Jo Stafford, and Rosemary Clooney. Ravenscroft left his native Norfolk, Nebraska, in 1933 for California, where he studied at Otis Art Institute. After his death, Lee Marshall replaced him as the voice of Tony the Tiger in the Kellogg's commercials, but some commercials still recycle clips of Ravenscroft. [7], One of Ravenscroft's best-known uncredited works is as the vocalist for the song "You're a Mean One, Mr. You're a mean one, Mr. Grinch. He was buried at the Memorial Gardens at the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, California. Ravenscroft did some voice-over work and singing for Disney in both the films and the attractions at Disneyland (which were later featured at Walt Disney World). [citation needed] On an episode of the TV variety series Donny & Marie featuring guest stars from the first Star Wars movie, Ravenscroft provided the voice for Darth Vader, voiced in the movie by Jones. You're a bad banana with a greasy black peel. Your heart's an empty hole. The song's lyrics describe the Grinch as being unpleasant, foul-smelling, bad-mannered, despicable, and diabolical, using increasingly creative put-downs, metaphors, similes and off-hand comments by the singer, beginning with the opening line "you're a mean one, Mr. Grinch". Curt from Warren, Oh I thought the lyrics went as follows " You're a mean one, Mr. Grinch. You really are a heel. Ravenscroft semi-retired and did not work at any other studio, but continued to voice Tony the Tiger through 2004 (with limo transportation by Kellogg's) and was also interviewed that year by the Disney "Extinct Attractions Club" website.

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