|BOB GRABEAU |
(ROBERT F. GRABOT )
Born: Nov. 14th, 1928 | Died: June 8th, 2008
Bob Grabot, a noted vocalist, was born in Pittsburg, California, to Jennie and Anthony Grabot. In elementary school he met his future wife and life partner, Marjorie (Margie). They married April 16, 1950, and moved to Hollywood, CA. Very early in life, Bob found his gift of voice and when 15 years old had a radio show in San Francisco with ABC affiliate KGO. His career blossomed, and he signed with Capital Records, soon traveling as the lead vocalist with the Jan Garber Orchestra. In his years as a vocalist, he toured with many bands and performed for movies, television, and commercials. Highlights include: recording the Time Life Swing Era series for Capital Records; recording for Gold Star Studios; performing "Bella Notte" for Walt Disney's movie, "Lady and the Tramp" and touring and conducting vocal workshops throughout the United States, the Caribbean and Australia. Additionally, Bob recorded for many of the great composers and conductors of his time including: Nelson Riddle, Henry Mancini, Paul Francis Webster, Dmitri Tiompkin. Bob was a loving and caring husband, father and grandfather. He leaves his wife, Marjorie, three loving children and their spouses, Jennifer (Arturo), Robert (Mary Claire) and Kenneth (Phyllis); six wonderful grandchildren, Anthony, Jennifer, Matthew, Alan, Mallory and Daniel, and a host of loving family, friends and fans. Bob will be interred privately at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills and Catholic services will be performed. Friends are invited to celebrate Bob's life at 2pm on July 19th, 2008, at the Louis B. Mayer Auditorium at the Motion Picture Home in Calabasas. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bob's name to the Motion Picture Hospital in Calabasas or the Alzheimer Association.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on 6/15/2008.