The Man with the Barefoot Voice

Arthur Godfrey: 1903-1983

He sang like a frog and played his ever present ukulele like a hunt-and-peck typist. He talked with his mouth full and tossed aside his script to ad-lib whatever came into his head. He had no talent but folksiness. For Arthur Godfrey, that was enough. At his peak in the 1950s he was, after President Eisenhower, perhaps the best-loved man in America. Godfrey's daily radio show and two weekly TV shows on CBS brought the network as much as 12% of its total revenue. Said CBS Chairman William Paley of...

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