Richard Grudens worked his way up from a studio page at NBC’s studio in New York to writing for the news shows of H.V. Kaltenborn, John Cameron Swayze, News of the World, and the “Today” show.
Feature writing for Long Island P.M. Magazine led him to his first book “The Best Damn Trumpet Player - Memories of the Big Band Era.
He has written countless magazine articles on such diverse subjects as industrialist Henry Ford, VE Day, Motorcycle Helmet Safety, DNA history and many other interesting subjects. Some of his credits include:
- Wild West Magazine: Interview with legendary cowboy star Gene Autry (1995);
- California Highway Patrol Magazine, a treatise on The Beach Boys;
- World War II Magazine: Cover Story about Bob Hope’s famous USO tours;
- Many articles on Bing Crosby and Bob Hope and much more.
Richard and wife Madeline enjoy life on Long Island and look forward to bringing you many more books on the Big Band era and beyond.
Kathryn Crosby with Richard at a luncheon honoring her achievements.
Gallery of Celebrity Interviews
Benny Goodman with Richard at WLIM Radio 1580, Patchogue, New York
with Woody Herman at Le Mans Night Club in Southhampton, NY - 1982
With Teddy Wilson at Long Island's McArthur Airport
with Billy Eckstine at Westbury Music Fair
Sarah Vaughan with Richard at Westbury Music Fair
Interview with Lionel Hampton
with Arvell Shaw and his teacher!!
with Jerry Vale at WALK in Pathchogue, NY
with radio DJ Jack Ellsworth - at radio station WLIM, Pathchogue, NY
with songwriter Ervin Drake at Five Towns Music College
Buddy Rich and Richard
Frankie Laine and Richard
Kay Starr and Richard at Westbury Music Fair
backstage with Margaret Whiting
and in 2008 with Margaret at the Jolson Festival
Ray Anthony and Richard
with legendary talk show host Joe Franklin
with Glenn Miller Orchestra leader Larry O'Brien and Connie Haines at the Three Village Inn, Stony Brook, NY - 2001
with Connie Haines and band leader Ben Grisafi at the Three Village Inn - 2001
with Don Cornell
with Kathryn Crosby at a luncheon in her honor - 2003
with Remo Capra (top) Tony B. Babino (BL) and John Primerano (BR) at a luncheon for the launch of his book The Italian Crooner's Besdide Companion.
Interviewing Tony Bennett
Sheldon Harnick and Michael Feinstein at Five Towns Music College
with Skitch Henderson (Orchestra Leader for the NYC POPS) reading Richard's Bing Crosby book.
With William B. Williams - host of WNEW's Make Believe Ballroom
Tom Postilio with Richard
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