Sunday, May 05, 2002

Del Sharbutt, Broadcast Announcer, 90, Dies
Originated the Campbell's Soup commercial line "Mmm, mmm good."


Del Sharbutt, an announcer who became one of the most familiar voices in radio and television, died on Friday at his home in Palm Desert, Calif. He was 90.

His deep resonant voice was first heard on radio in Chicago in 1933. He joined CBS a year later and moved to New York.

He was heard on radio and early television shows starring Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, Robert Benchley and the Dorsey brothers, and on "Your Hit Parade." He was later a newscaster for the Mutual Radio Network.
As a spokesman for Campbell's soups, Mr. Sharbutt originated the commercial line "Mmm, mmm good."
Mr. Sharbutt was also a musician, and wrote the theme for the Bob Cummings television show in the 1950's.

After his retirement, in 1976, Mr. Sharbutt was a cofounder of an alcohol and drug education program at the Eisenhower Medical Center in Palm Springs, Calif.

His wife, the former Mary C. Balsley, who sang with the Gus Arnheim big band as Meri Bell, died in 1990. Their older son, Jay, died in 1992.

Mr. Sharbutt is survived by a son, Bill; a daughter, M. D. Ridge; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Submitted by Gayle De Poli via Tony Cucurullo