Although Thurl Ravenscroft’s name may not be familiar to Disney fans, his voice is. Probably best known to television audiences as the voice of Kellog’s Tony the Tiger, a character he’s played since 1952, Thurl is a favorite among Disney vocal performers. His voice has been featured in Disney theme park attractions, such as Country Bear Jamboree, on television programs, such as “Zorro,” and animated films including “Lady and the Tramp.” In fact, Walt Disney selected Thurl and his quartet, The Mellomen, to croon, as well as bark, whine and howl like canines in the delightful 1955 classic.
Thurl later recalled, "The most fun we (The Mellomen) ever had was singing barbershop for Tramp and the other dogs. “Walt wanted the dogs to sing ‘Home Sweet Home’ from their prison cell – a kennel. But we had to sound like dogs, not people singing like dogs.”
Born in Norfolk, Nebraska in 1914, Thurl headed for Hollywood in 1933 to attend the Otis Art Institute. In 1937, he joined The… read more