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WRAL-TV radio announcer, musician to be laid to rest Saturday

Posted December 19, 2014

"Teenage Frolics" with J.D. Lewis ran at noon every Saturday on WRAL-TV from 1958 until 1982.

— Irving David Fuller, who had quite an impact in Raleigh as a musician, teacher and radio announcer, will be buried Saturday after his death on Dec. 13.

Fuller, who was 86, was founder and bandleader for Irving Fuller & The Corvettes – a popular band of the 1950s and 1960s that traveled the Eastern Seaboard playing for fraternities, cotillions, proms and country clubs.

As an accomplished musician, songwriter and arranger, he loved jazz music playing various instruments. He wrote and recorded two hits –"Cheer Up Pretty One" and "Buzz Me Baby on the Telephone.”

Fuller's band was a frequent guest on WRAL-TV's "Teenage Frolics," a local music and dance program that ran from 1958 to 1982.

A gifted music teacher, he taught hundreds of students to play instruments. He also had a satisfying career as a radio announcer with a number of local stations, including WRAL-TV.(should we just say announcer since he went beyond radio?)

A native of North Carolina, Fuller was a veteran of the Korean War.

Services for Fuller have been planned for Saturday at First Baptist Church, 101 S. Wilmington St., Raleigh. Visitation is at 11 a.m., and his funeral is at noon.


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