Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Songwriter and Radio Host Fred Imus Passes Away

Fred Imus, younger brother of 770 AM WABC morning host Don Imus and a long-time songwriter and radio host himself, was found dead Saturday at his home in Tucson, Ariz. He was 69.

According to a story by David Hinckley at nydailynews.com, he was found in his trailer after he failed to show up for "Fred's Trailer Park Bash," a weekend show he co-hosted with Don Collier and "Missy" on Sirius XM's Outlaw Country channel.

In 1976 he and a fellow railroad worker named Phil Sweet co-wrote "I Don't Want To Have To Marry You," a No. 1 country hit for Jim Ed Brown and Helen Cornelius. It was voted song of the year by Music City News.

Fred collaborated with Don on the 1997 book Two Guys Four Corners which featured photographs and reminiscences of the Southwest, and with Daily News columnist Mike Lupica on 1998's The Fred Book.
He joined SIRIUS Satellite Radio in April, 2006 and hosted a weekly country music program called Fred’s Trailer Park Bash. The show was broadcast each Saturday from 6 am to 10 am ET on SIRIUS’ Outlaw Country channel 63.

1 comment:

  1. Loved Fred, he was a real person and enjoyed him immensly when he appeared on Imus. Hard to hear of his death. Know how much his brother loved him and so did I though I only got to hear him occasionly. Very few real people left like Fred and Imus. Most are bunch of phonies.