Robert Trendler aka "Mr. Bob" the Big Top Band leader on WGN-TV Chicago's BOZO'S CIRCUS died this morning In Florida. He was 99. Mr. Bob and I have been friends for over 15 years, and I am going to miss him. I grew up watching the BOZO'S CIRCUS TV show and was always fascinated by it- and live in studio the 13-piece Big Top Band was pretty impressive to a little kid of 8, and inspired my lifelong love of live and march music. This guy was a wealth of experience and knowledge in the music business, and worked with EVERYONE who was anyone- from Fats Waller to Bing Crosby to Guy Lombardo to The Three Stooges. He conducted everywhere from Radio City Music Hall to NBC, and eventually was musical director of WGN Chicago. He "discovered" singer and future talk show king Mike Douglas. And when I talked to him on his birthday last month (at 99 years old!), he was still 100% sharp as a tack, and as always a fascinating man to talk to.
Here is a pic on a visit to Bob and Annette's Florida home in the 1990s.
I thought for sure you were going to hit one hundred.
Rest In Peace, Mr. Bob- love ya!