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A bass with excellent range -- a great ear -- a skilled musician. And a sense of collaboration and love of close harmony that drew him like a magnet to “the very best vocal group of its time.” For much of his life, Len Dresslar made the most of his talents to earn a reputation and a living as one of the best of the best.

Len enjoyed a long and exciting career as a solo artist in radio, television and recording that spanned a wide musical range from classical to folk, pop and jazz, including performing with the pop vocal group, "Jamie and the Jays." From his 1956 solo recording success (Cash Box Top 50), “These Hands,” and later his warm rendition of “Shenandoah” and other folk tunes on the LP “Songs of Early Times” in 1961, Len went on to excel in the jingle business. Although his distinctive bass may be best known as the voice of the “Jolly Green Giant,” along with other cartoon characters, Len would assure us his most artistically challenging and soul-satisfying work was the dream job of any singer – bass on 15 albums and limited the personal appearances of “the Singers Unlimited.”

Len is quoted, “If you love what you do, you’ve got it made!” He ‘did’ and he certainly ‘had.’

Our singers’ world is now considerably smaller in stature as we bid Len goodbye. But we do have those wonderful LPs and CDs.