(born Sherman Feller, July 29, 1918 in Brockton, MA
, died January 27, 1994), was an American musical composer and radio personality, perhaps best known for serving as the public address announcer for the Boston Red Sox
at Fenway Park
for 26 years.
Sherman (Sherm) Feller was born to Harry and Fannie Feller, both Russian immigrants. While born in Brockton, Sherman and his sister were raised in Roxbury, then a predominantly Jewish
neighborhood. While census data identified his father as a stitcher in a shoe factory, his father also served as a cantor in a synagogue ("Sherm Feller Dies," 4). Sherm graduated from Roxbury Memorial High School, and then attended Suffolk College ( today Suffolk University
), where he began to study law, but left before graduating (Long, 26).
Pre Red Sox Years
Sherm Feller decided he wanted to work in radio, and he first worked in Manchester NH at WMUR. His first radio job in greater Boston was in Lowell, where he was hired by WLLH in late 1941 (Variety, December 31, 1941). It was there where he met the woman who became his wife, vocalist Judy Valentine
. They married in 1945. By this time, Feller was not only known as an announcer; he had begun writing songs, several of which would be sung by Valentine (Droney, 45). The duo became known on air as "A Feller and His Girl." By 1948, Feller was on the air in Boston, at station WEEI, where he became well-known as host of "Club Midnight," and... Read More