Fred Imus

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Fred Imus
BornFrederic Moore Imus
January 11, 1942
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
DiedAugust 6, 2011 (aged 69)
Tucson, Arizona
OccupationRadio talk show host, songwriter
 
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Fred Imus
BornFrederic Moore Imus
January 11, 1942
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
DiedAugust 6, 2011 (aged 69)
Tucson, Arizona
OccupationRadio talk show host, songwriter

Frederic Moore Imus (January 11, 1942 – August 6, 2011) was an American radio talk show host and the younger brother of radio talk show host Don Imus. He hosted Trailer Park Bash, a weekly country music program launched on May 6, 2006, on Saturdays from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. ET on Sirius XM Radio's Outlaw Country channel. His sidekick was former western actor Don Collier. Imus broadcast his show from his trailer in Tucson, Arizona. He frequently appeared as a regular guest on his brother's Imus in the Morning.

Career[edit]

He attended Kent State University and served in the United States Army's 101st Airborne Division.[1] Imus also restored cars, especially 1957 Chevrolets and worked as a brakeman for Southern Pacific. In 1963, before Don went into radio, he and Fred wrote and recorded a song called I'm A Hot Rodder (And All That Jazz) for the Challenge label under the name Jay Jay Imus and Freddy Ford.[2]

While with Southern Pacific R.R., he met fellow brakeman Phil Sweet, and in 1976 the two wrote the No. 1 country hit for Jim Ed Brown and Helen Cornelius, I Don't Want to Have to Marry You, which was also voted "Song of the Year" by Music City News in 1977. Imus has been an on-air host at country music stations in Cleveland, Ohio, Cheyenne, Wyoming and El Paso, Texas, among others.[3]

Because of his love of classic cars, Fred opened his own auto body shop in El Paso, Texas and with the idea from his brother Don Imus, he also sold a few shirts and hats out of his body shop with a simple mention from Don on his radio show.[4] The store was called the Autobody Express, co-owned by Don and Fred. The Autobody Express was later moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico. Later, they had a store inside the Mohegan Sun Native American Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut. The company failed in 2003 and both stores closed.

Death[edit]

Fred Imus was found dead at his home in Tucson, Arizona, August 6, 2011.[2] He died in his sleep peacefully,[5] according to Matthew Hiltzik, a spokesman for Don Imus.[1]

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References and notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Daniel E. Slotnik (2011-08-08). "Fred Imus, radio personality and songwriter, dies at 69". The New York Times. 
  2. ^ a b David Hinckley (2011-08-06). "Fred Imus, songwriter and brother of Don Imus, dies at 69". New York Daily News. 
  3. ^ "Fred Imus joins Van Zandt’s outlaw country channel on Sirius Satellite Radio". Renegade Nation. 2006-04-20. 
  4. ^ Jim Reed (1999), Everything Imus: all you ever wanted to know about Don Imus, Birch Lane Press, pp. 65-66, (ISBN 1-55972-504-4).
  5. ^ David Hinckley (2011-08-09). "Fred Imus, who died at 69, pushed brother Don Imus to pursue radio when both were starting out". New York Daily News. 

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