Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Deaths Elsewhere: Richard Trentlage

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Deaths Elsewhere: Richard Trentlage

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Richard Trentlage * The man who got generations of hot dog lovers singing along to the Oscar Mayer Wiener song has died.

Mr. Trentlage died Sept. 21 (2016) in Libertyville, Ill. He was 87.

With the words he wrote, "Oh, I wish I were an Oscar Mayer wiener," Mr. Trentlage helped solidify hot dogs as a part of Americana.

The jingle he wrote appeared in a 1960s television commercial featuring cartoon children marching along and singing. The tune remained a fixture for the next half a century.

Trentlage was born in Chicago and began penning jingles as a high school student, starting with one about a fictional company he called Modern Plastic Brooms. The idea was to dream up a believable sponsor for a school talent show and sing the jingle during commercial breaks in a performance modeled after a radio program. …

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