Mr. Harold Crane, now 79 years old, was gracious enough to donate these great pieces
of Mr. Bingle Memorabilia from his long time collection.
Mr. Crane was the voice of Santa
on the one and only record ever made with Mr. Bingle and Santa,
produced in 1964 . He was the voice of Santa in the window display
shows at Maison Blanche for a great deal of that time also. He worked
for Maison Blanche from 1956-1973. Mr.Harold Crane and Oscar Isentrout,
who was a master puppeteer, voice, movement and some say spirit
of Mr.Bingle, co-produced the record together. MB records stood
Harold Crane was also assistant
personnel director for Maison Blanche and quickly moved to head
Along with his great Santa talents,
his unique voice was not unknown to many New Orleanians and he was
greatly involved in the Opera for many years. Having an incredibly
unique voice, he performed at numerous churches, and was also the
Imperial Commissioner in "Madama Butterfly". His portfolio also
includes appearances in "La Gioconda", "La Boheme", and "Andrea
Also included in his experiences
is participation in the Grand Opera at the New Orleans Opera House
and back-up quartet at The Roosevelt Hotel's famous Blue Room.
He was also involved in light opera
and musical comedy with NORD in New Orleans.
Thank you for your contribution
and I'm sure your memories of Oscar will remain forever. Mr. Crane,
an incredible man who has lived and is still living an incredible
life. His wife also sang in the opera. He told me they started singing
opera and they haven't stopped yelling at each other since. He was
being quite humorous obviously in my interview with him.