BIOGRAPHY

BRUCE BELLAND’s life story could be called “From Boy Singer to Renaissance Man” considering his more than six decades of diverse accomplishments in virtually every phase of the entertainment industry.
Early Life
Bruce Gerald Belland was born in Chicago, Illinois on October 22nd, 1936, the second son of Rev. Stanley G. Belland, a Fundamentalist Minister with an active congregation on the city’s Northwest Side, and his talented young wife Hertha… a Gospel radio singer, voice coach, and choir director.

 

He sang his first solo in a morning worship service at age 4.
 
The song was “God Bless America” for which he was rewarded with a standing ovation, a stick of chewing gum, and proud praise from his parents.
 
That parental pride, the gum, and all the hugs, praise, and adoration showered on him by the congregation, convinced him, right then and there, that he wanted to be a singer.
 
Not a fireman. Not a fighter pilot.
 
Not even shortstop for his beloved Chicago Cubs.
 
A singer.
 
His mind was made up at age 4, and he never wavered from pursuing that dream. 
 
Throughout his childhood, he spent long hours singing along with Bing Crosby on the radio or at the piano being coached by his supportive and always encouraging Mother, “while supper burned on the stove.”
 
The possibility of a musical career drew closer in 1946 when he was 10. His family moved to Hollywood where his Father assumed the Ministry of the West Hollywood Community Church in a blue-collar, working-class community just blocks off the Sunset Strip and immediately adjacent to up-scale Beverly Hills.
 
During his adolescent years, Bruce developed his vocal skills singing in his Mother’s church choir and at countless funerals conducted by his Father.
 
As Bruce puts it: “Other Fathers took their son fishing or to a baseball game. Dad and I buried people.”
 
Still, he told himself, it was a kind of “performing” and would have to do… for now.
 
As a star-struck 15-year-old, he delivered newspapers to dozens of world-famous celebrities “across the tracks” in Beverly Hills… Lucille Ball, Jimmy Stewart, Gene Kelly, Jimmy Durante, Danny Kaye, Ira Gershwin, Danny Thomas, Zsa Zsa Gabor, George Burns, and Rosalind Russell, which further fueled his fantasy of a show business career.
 
On his delivery route through the elite streets of Beverly Hills, he began to experience firsthand encounters with world-renowned celebrities, something he did his best to bring about at every opportunity.
 
One famous Oscar winner actually took the time to teach him the correct way to fold and throw a newspaper.
 
Another beloved old radio star would chat with him when he came out in his bathrobe and slippers to fetch his paper.
 
Then more show biz elements came into play at school.
 
When he graduated from West Hollywood Elementary, his well-intentioned Father—fearing he’d be bullied at the rough house junior high in his district which had a dicey reputation—pulled strings and got him enrolled in Emerson Junior High in West L.A. It was a fateful choice.
 
Emerson’s student body was made up of well-heeled kids from high-end communities like Bel Air, Brentwood, and Westwood.
 
With his hand-me-down wardrobe, short stature, and white-blond hair, he immediately became a target for the school bullies.
 
To defuse a tense confrontation, he soon perfected satirical imitations of a few unpopular teachers and got the bullies—and others—to laugh.
 
Emerson would provide other formative experiences.
 
The school music teacher and an inspiring woman English teacher mentored and encouraged him, including a prediction by his writing instructor that he’d win a Pulitzer someday.
 
Bruce’s junior high classmates included future star Robert Redford, Doug McClure, and newly honored Juvenile Oscar winner at the time, Bobby Driscoll, Hollywood’s biggest child star since Shirley Temple.
 
Bruce poignantly recounts watching the sensitive young Driscoll trying to enjoy a normal school life but, instead, simply causing havoc everywhere he tried to fit in on campus.
 
(After two chaotic weeks at Emerson, Driscoll accepted reality and enrolled in a professional school for kids in the business. He would die of a drug overdose, a has-been at 30.)
 
Stardom, Bruce was discovering, wasn’t all tinsel and glamour, but it didn’t discourage him for a minute from pursuing his dream.
 
Excitement radiated from the chic, Sunset Strip night clubs mere blocks from his family’s modest parsonage, and as a teenager, he would sneak out of the house after his parents had gone to bed and charm his way backstage at the glamorous showrooms along the Strip.
 
He soon became a “mascot” to the tech crews at each glamorous club and stood backstage night after night witnessing the performances of many of the great nightclub entertainers of the time.
 
Nat “King” Cole, Jimmy Durante, The Andrews Sister, Tony Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Billy Daniels, Judy Garland, Pearl Bailey, Danny Kaye, and Martin & Lewis with Jerry’s madcap comedic style greatly influencing Bruce’s early onstage antics.
 
It would prove an invaluable education for what lay ahead.
 
He was now singing along with The Four Freshmen on the radio and becoming more and more enamored with voices blending in harmony. 
 
After sneaking backstage one night at Ciro’s and hearing his idols the Mills Brothers harmonize, his ambition soon focused on pursuing a recording career in a close harmony vocal group.
 
Now he was also beginning to compose songs and poems of his own for various church functions.
 
In 1952, he enrolled at fabled Hollywood High, something he had dreamed of since moving from Chicago as a 10-year-old.
 
A show biz fanatic, he was well aware of the school’s unique history. Mickey Rooney, Judy Garland, and Lana Turner all attended there as did his older brother Stanton, whom he admired.
 
Hollywood High School was destined to become the birthplace of a collaboration between four gifted and driven young men with a common goal… make a hit record and “become somebody.”
 
Many fellow students were already embarked on successful show business careers. One pretty blonde classmate left campus early each day to portray Gordon MacRae’s daughter in the film musical “Carousel,” and a gymnast/dancer buddy of his took days off to film his scenes in “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.”
 
Future recording star, and member of the legendary Wrecking Crew studio band, Nino Tempo, a junior, would conduct sizzling jam sessions in the gym at lunchtime.
 
Other classmates like Mike Farrell and Sally Kellerman would later go on to stardom as would Linda Evans, Stephanie Powers, John Phillip Law, Sara Jessica Parker, and John Ritter.
 
And then there were classmates David and Ricky Nelson whose parents’ seminal TV sitcom “The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet” was a new hit on ABC.
 
No one, not even Bruce the big dreamer, could foresee how his path would soon intersect with the Nelsons and further energize his young career.

Professional Life
It was at HHS in 1954 that Bruce convinced Glen Larson, a friend since grammar school, to co-found a vocal group and audition for that year’s student talent show, a hallowed school tradition attended by studio talent scouts and agents looking for promising young talent.
 
Bruce and Glen recruited two pals from the school choirhigh tenor Evan Fisher and bass Bruce Stanfordfor that first performance.
 
The group, featuring Bruce on Lead, sang a rousing version of the Crew Cuts hit “Sha- Boom” and stole the show.
 
The reaction to their performance convinced Bruce and Glen they were onto something special and they now enlisted classmates6’4” bass and high school football star Ed Cobb and high tenor and former boy soprano in the famed Mitchell Boys Choir, Marv Ingramto permanently fill the other two slots.
 
And so, The Four Preps were born.
 
Southern California in the early ’50s was an exploding beehive of social events and the fledgling foursome was soon in demand for all kinds of happenings from bar-b-ques to beach parties, hayrides to sock hops.
 
Usually for little more than gas money.
 
Acutely aware that four green teenagers needed musical guidance, Bruce convinced Hollywood High’s greatly admired musical prodigy and aspiring classical pianist, Lincoln Mayorga, to become the group’s accompanist, arranger, and conductor.
 
Lincoln signed on and that relationship would last for more than 13 years and earn Lincoln the affectionate sobriquet “the 5th Prep.”
 
(Lincoln would eventually go on to a distinguished concert and studio career.)
 
The 5 strivers began performing throughout Southern California, rehearsing late at night after their day jobs, and polishing their Act while Bruce tirelessly prowled the office buildings all over Hollywood futilely trying, to elicit interest in their audition tape at a record label.
 
Then, what Bruce calls “the  Belland luck” came into play when Melville Shauer, a prominent personal manager (Les Paul & Mary Ford) whom he’d met strictly by chance, submitted their tape to a legendary producer at Capitol Records, Voyle Gilmore, (Sinatra, Judy Garland, Four Freshmen).
 
Gilmore, keenly aware of the rapidly expanding teen market of young record buyers, liked what he heard and in 1956, signed the four teenagers to a long-term Capitol contract making them the youngest group ever to record for a major record label at the time.
 
With that, they became “America’s first Boy Band.”
 
Daily VARIETY quickly dubbed them “Capitol’s Jolly Juveniles” and a local columnist lauded them as “four clean-cut, milk-fed kids from Hollywood High who are all the rage of late.”
 
It was during this time, the Preps would sometimes share the stage with other struggling unknowns who would go on to stardom, like Jimmie Rodgers, Richie Valens, Jan and Dean, and the Righteous Brothers (which spawned a lifelong friendship with Bill Medley).
 
“Dreamy Eyes,” their first release in late 1956, initially made it onto the Billboard charts at #56 with a bullet. Excitement at the Capitol Tower ran high. The next week it had disappeared from the charts, never to be heard again. That disappointment was followed by 6 more single releases that garnered enormous airplaythe nation’s disc jockeys had “adopted” the Prepsbut not many sales.
 
Then in early 1958, Bruce became an international Pop Star as the group’s Lead Singer, when they scored their first million-seller, “26 Miles Across the Sea (Santa Catalina)”, which was written by Bruce and Glen.
 
In the ensuing years, music historians have credited that landmark recording with introducing the world to what would become known as “the California sound.”
 
“26 Miles” would later be cited by Brian Wilson as a teenage favorite and his biography “The Nearest Faraway Place” describes a Preps performance at Brian’s high school as “a witty, off-handed show that lent a charge of inspiration to the material Brian was developing.”  
 
That landmark recording also inspired Jimmy Buffett to name a chapter after it in his best-selling autobiography; “A Pirate Looks at Fifty,” and write:
 
“Twenty-six Miles. It was California, the ocean, girlshell, it was everything I wanted to be or do.”
 
Music lovers around the world agreed, and soon, Catalina, “the Island of Romance,” was welcoming a million visitors a year as NBC’s “Today Show” proclaimed, “26 Miles has put Catalina on the map and made the Four Preps household names.”
 
(Today, Bruce and “26 Miles” are immortalized in a grand exhibit in the main lobby of the new Catalina Island Museum in Avalon.)
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With “26 Miles” at the top of the charts, and the kid with a dream on top of the world. Bruce and his bandmates were anointed “Newcomer of the Year” in Cashbox and soon featured in LIFE magazine, on numerous Ed Sullivan and American Bandstand shows… and in a historic CBS TV Special with Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Bob Hope, Rosemary Clooney, and Louie “Satchmo” Armstrong.
 
Soon they were touring with George Burns, Tennessee Ernie Ford, and Bob Hope, and performing at the world-famous Cocoanut Grove, the celebrated nightclub they had attended as high school prom-goers a scant 20 months earlier.
 
“26 Miles,” which has now sold over 10 million copies, was followed by a dozen Preps’ singles on the Billboard charts, including additional million sellers “Big Man,” “Down by the Station,” and “Lazy Summer Night,” as well as “Calcutta,” “Got a Girl,” “Cinderella,” and “More Money for You and Me,” and “the Big Draft” which featured their spot on satirical impressions of other groups, all of them co-written by Bruce and Glen. 
Soon, the Preps were considered the quintessential West Coast Pop group, embodying the Southern California lifestyle and carefree beach culture so alluring to an increasing number of Americans in the late ’50s.
 
Bruce was living “American Graffiti” and “Happy Days” every day.
 
Fan mags featured photo layouts of the four of them on the beach or in their hot rod convertibles at a Hollywood drive-in with their “dates”… actually adorable teenage models.

The cover of their first studio album “The Things We Did Last Summer” features the four on them in stylish bathing suits flirting with a couple of models on the sands of the beach where they’d grown up body surfing.
 
Bruce had become friends with David and Ricky Nelson at H.H.S. and it wasn’t long before he and the Preps were invited to become regulars on “The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet” playing Ricky’s fraternity brothers and backup singers.
 
By the end of their first season on the show, the Preps and Ricky had developed a musical simpatico, singing for hours on the set—between scenes.
 
Ricky’s first public performance happened unexpectedly when he tagged along to watch a Preps show at a local high school and they surprised him by literally dragging him out on stage for his debut performance before a live audience.
 
The girls in the crowd mobbed them after the show and they barely escaped intact.
 
So, it was natural that the Preps would accompany Ricky on his first national tour.
 
Nelson, for whom LIFE magazine had just coined the phrase “Top Teen Throb” in its cover story—now embarked on that first record-breaking tour, playing to sold-out arenas packed with 25,000 boisterous, semi-hysterical teenage girls.
 
The guys were “attacked” after every show by excited fans grabbing at them and their clothing and Rick and the guys experienced more than one narrow escape from over-zealous souvenir hunters.
 
Bodyguards were soon deployed.
 
It was the riotous new world of a “Teen Idol” and would yield Bruce some of his richest, most colorful memories.  
 
The Preps returned from that history-making tour with Nelson to headline during prom season at the famous Sunset Strip night club, The Crescendo, with rising stand-up star Mort Sahl.
 
Traffic jams glutted Sunset Blvd. as they played to sold-out shows for the entire two-week engagement.
 
The audience was a unique mixture of Type-A movie stars and excited prom-goers.
 
And it was all happening a few short blocks from the church parsonage where he’d grown up.
 
The Preps were featured on “Ozzie and Harriet” for a second season, but soon their demanding tour and recording schedule made it impossible to continue as cast regulars.
 
However, a persuasive Ozzie Nelson convinced Bruce to remain on the show as a solo actor, which he did for several more seasons, squeezing it in between Preps engagements as often as possible.  
 
It was a hectic regimen but his multiple seasons as a cast regular would spawn a close, life-long friendship with the Nelson family and provide still more memorable experiences.
 
During the next three seasons on the show, Bruce would: arm wrestle with Mr. Peepers, spend the night in jail with Ricky, do a bedroom scene with Mamie Van Doren, dance the Charleston with Harriet Nelson, and even perform a ballet number in long ringlet blonde curls and full ballerina drag… a role he considers his “crowning achievement as an actress.”
 
Meanwhile “Big Man”, the follow-up to “26,” was screaming up the charts and would outsell “26 Miles” in both America and the U.K.
 
In the Fall of 1958, the Preps Co-starred in the first Dick Clark-endorsed feature film “Gidget” with Sandra Dee, James Darren, and Oscar winner Cliff Robertson.
 
That appearance, featuring the Preps’ rollicking beach party number on the sands of Malibu, further enhanced their image as the definitive Southern California Pop group.
 
Despite their string of hit singles, a successful album release had eluded them, until their producer Voyle Gilmore, who was an avid fan of the Preps stage act, decided that a LIVE recording of their concert show might turn the trick.
 
That inspired decision resulted in a series of 3 consecutive LIVE In-Concert albums in their “On Campus Series”, highlighting their polished and potent vocals, irreverent, often highly political comedy, and satirical imitations of other popular singing groups of the era like Dion and the Belmonts, The Platters and the Kingston Trio. That album track became a hit single called “More Money for you and Me.”
 
Those LIVE concert recordings soon catapulted them into one of America’s top college concert attractions for three consecutive years in the mid 60’s and saw them flying in their private plane to 120 campuses a year for nearly half a decade, including a milestone performance at Syracuse University with rising comedian Woody Allen.
 
Then a milestone engagement in Vegas and at the Seattle World’s Fair with George Burns and Broadway legend Carol Channing spawned a deep friendship with Burns who would become Bruce’s lifelong mentor and career advisor.
 
The Preps toured military bases all over Europe, and then Asia, where Bruce narrowly escaped a fiery death.
 
As a “thank you” to the Preps for their morale-boosting performance, one base commander arranged for each of them to break the sound barrier in an F-100F Super Sabre jet.
 
When Bruce’s plane landed, the undercarriage exploded in flames.
 
The other Preps watched in horror as fire trucks and rescue firefighters surrounded the flaming aircraft and successfully extracted Bruce and the pilot.
 
Of course, once they knew he was safe, the wisecracks flew thick and fast.
 
The camaraderie of the group was intense, but by now, each Prep was also enjoying his own success in other aspects of the industry. After 13 high flying years, they amicably disbanded in 1969 to pursue their individual careers.
The Four Preps would be inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2007.
 
Ed Cobb would go on to become one of music’s most successful song writers (“Tainted Love”) and record producers, working with Fleetwood Mac, Pink Floyd, and Steely Dan.
Glen Larson would become one of TV’s most prolific producers, creating such shows as “Battle Star Galactica,” “Knight Rider,” “The Fall Guy,” and “Magnum P.I.” And Marv Ingram became a successful commodities broker.  
 
With the original Preps disbanded, Bruce now joined forces with Diamond Dave Somerville, original lead singer of the Diamonds—who had replaced Cobb during the Preps final tour—to form Belland and Somerville, a comedy/folk duo that debuted on “The Tonight Show” and then guested on 33 network programs in their first six months as a team.
 
CBS signed them as regulars on the Tim Conway Comedy Hour which led to concert tours with Henry Mancini, Johnny Mathis, Leonard Nimoy, Dennis Weaver, Glen Campbell, Della Reese, and Brazil ’66.
Andy Williams grabbed them for his record label Barnaby and Warner Brothers Music signed them to a songwriting contract.
 
It was a fortuitous move for Warner’s, since during that time, Bruce and David wrote “The Troublemaker,” a provocative protest song that would become a #1 country hit for Willie Nelson, the title song of his double platinum album, and the subject of a cover story in Rolling Stone.

(available on YouTube—click here)
(Nelson has since released 3 different versions of the song.)
In addition to performing and writing with Somerville during that time, Bruce became heavily involved in freelance advertising, creating, producing, and often directing radio, TV, and print campaigns for such clients as Volkswagen, United Airlines, Ford, A&W Root Beer, McDonald’s, Chevrolet, and two of his most memorable accounts, Forest Lawn Cemetery and Bandini Fertilizer.
In the early ’70s, while directing a series of Chevrolet commercials at NBC studios in Burbank, network brass offered him a position as a Senior Programming Executive.
He accepted, was promoted in 10 short months, and had begun climbing the corporate ladder when TV impresario Ralph Edwards lured him away to become Vice President of Ralph Edwards Productions, one of Hollywood’s oldest and most respected production companies.
In the first of his 5 years at REP, Bruce quadrupled the number of shows the company had on the air.
Honored with multiple Emmy nominations for his work on such shows as: “Name That Tune” (on which he discovered Kathie Lee Gifford), ”Dinah’s Place,” “Truth or Consequences,” “Hollywood Squares,”  “Cross Wits,” “Days of Our Lives,” “The Mickey Mouse Club,” and a show he was heavily involved in developing for the network…“Wheel of Fortune,” he ultimately became responsible for over 1,200 hours of television entertainment.
In that capacity, he worked with empire builders like Norman Lear, Dick Clark, Chuck Barris, Hugh Hefner, Merv Griffin, Lawrence Welk, and Grant Tinker.
 
But their many fans missed the Four Preps.
 
By the mid-’70s, Bruce was at the helm of Ralph Edwards Productions. Glen Larson was a top producer at Universal and Ed Cobb was a major record producer.
 
Nonetheless, an invitation from Ken Ehrlich, the producer of the upcoming First annual Billboard Music Awards Show, who had first seen the Preps perform as a college student at Ohio University, persuaded them to re-unite and make a one-time appearance on the special hosted by the Bee Gees.
 
With the fourth slot filled by Diamond Dave Somerville, the Preps did an updated version of their famous imitations number, “More Money for You and Me,” and capped it off with a spot-on parody of the Bee Gees.
 
They received a rousing reception, then returned to their individual careers.
(available on YouTube—click here)
Bruce’s tenure at REP ended in the late ’70s when he resigned to develop other projects including an aspiring Broadway musical.
 
Once again, his versatility came into play and he began to perform as a voice-over artist on the soundtrack of Disney’s classic “Jungle Book,” “Terms of Endearment,” and “Happy Days,” where some of the voices coming from the jukebox in the malt shop are Bruce’s uncanny imitations.
His musical creations have been performed by Sammy Davis Jr., Willie Nelson, Roy Clark, Kathy Young, T.G. Shephard, Herman’s Hermits, Lena Horne, Il Divo, The Vocal Majority, Julie Budd, The Checkmates, Donnie Osmond, Della Reese, Johnny Mathis, and The Mormon Tabernacle Choir which has sung his award-winning composition “So Many Voices Sing America’s Song” at two presidential inaugurations.
(available on YouTube—click here)
 
“Voices” was subsequently honored as the official anthem of the Bicentennial of the U.S. Constitution, Bruce’s lyrics were read into the Congressional Record and he was awarded the Freedom Foundation’s Presidential Medal of the Arts.
 
His co-written composition, “What Would I Do without My Music” has become an international choral standard, performed by more than 130 choirs around the world from South Carolina to Wales.
 
(available on YouTube—click here)
 
In the late ’90s, “Ain’t That Just the Way,” a song he’d co-written for the NBC Mystery Theater, was recorded by Latricia McNeal, and sold over three million records reaching the Top Ten in 28 countries.
 
As a movie lyricist, he’s contributed to the score of the original “Gidget” movie, “National Lampoon’s Vacation,” “Weekend Warriors,” and 5 Disney features including the youth comedy favorite “The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes” which introduced new teen heartthrob Kurt Russell.
 
As a playwright, he’s written a half dozen theatrical productions performed in regional theaters around the country including one for the Long Beach Civic Light Opera starring Sammy Davis Jr.
 
(Two of those productions made it to Broadway but unfortunately were not successful.)
 
Over the course of his career, he’s written special material for George Burns, Steve Allen, Johnny Carson, Bob Newhart, Johnny Cash, Charro, Jim Stafford, Tim Conway, Andy Williams, Chevy Chase, and Regis Philbin.
In 1989, at Dick Clark’s suggestion after a 20- year hiatus, Bruce and Ed Cobb re-formed the Preps with Diamond Dave Somerville and Jim Pike of the Lettermen, who was replaced a short time later by Jim Yester, original Lead singer of the Association.
 
Yester, Belland, Somerville, and Cobb recorded and toured as the Four Preps until the late 90’s when Cobb retired because of ill health.
 
At that point, Yester, Belland, and Somerville continued touring for a while as “Triple Gold—The Three Tenors of Pop” during which time Bruce penned the screenplay for “Weekend Warriors,” a comedy feature film based on the Preps’ real-life (mis)adventures in the military starring Lloyd Bridges and Jack Lemmon’s son, Chris. It’s now become an HBO staple.
 
During that period, Bruce also created and Hosted “Pop Americana,” a weekly music/interview radio show for Gold Coast Broadcasting that blanketed the airwaves from Santa Barbara to Newport Beach.
 
Bruce’s guests included Steve Allen, Tommy Smothers, Kay Starr, Jerry Vale, Peter Tork, Helen Reddy, and Nancy Sinatra.
 
In 2004, PBS approached Bruce about re-forming a onetime version of the Four Preps for “Magic Moments,” their historic musical special saluting the legendary hitmakers of the ’50s, hosted by Pat Boone and the McGuire Sisters.
Bruce coaxed lifelong buddy and original Prep Glen Larson into dusting off his tuxedo and joining him, Jim Yester, and David Somerville for that singular performance.
 
That program has gone on to become one of Public Broadcasting’s most successful fundraisers and has been enjoyed by over 100 million viewers.
That appearance resulted in a groundswell of demand for a Preps tour, and in 2007 Bruce, the last original member still performing, formed a new version of the group and averaged 35 to 50 concerts a year until 2019.
 
In recent years, Bruce also performed in numerous concerts with his lifelong colleague and collaborator “5th Prep” Lincoln Mayorga, who has become a renowned classical pianist and a leading interpreter of Gershwin in concert with orchestras like the Moscow Philharmonic.
 
It was an evening of songs and stories entitled “2 History Making Hit Makers 2” and was met with enthusiasm all over the country.
(available on YouTube—click here)
In addition to his work being cited in the Congressional Record, he is a recipient of The Freedom Foundation’s Presidential Medal of the Arts, numerous ASCAP and BMI Citations of Achievement as well as the “Distinguished Guardsmen Award” from the Department of the Air Force for the Preps’ “outstanding service in promoting Air Force recruitment” during their tenure in the Air National Guard.
 
Bruce now also enjoys Public Speaking for such organizations as MENSA, The International Society of Association Executives, and the National Speakers Association.
 
Yep. He’s still as busy as ever at age 84.
 
Case in point, as a pro bono favor for a colleague, he recently created a series of instructional songs to accompany a booklet teaching English to immigrant children, calling it his “most rewarding assignment ever!”

Personal Life
Bruce is married to Simone Alexander, a prominent fashion designer who is now on the faculty of Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in Los Angeles.
 
In the late ’80s, his older daughter Tracey founded the London-based Pop band “Voice of the Beehive” which she fronted with her younger sister Melissa and which enjoyed considerable international record success through the mid-’90s. (see YouTube)
 
When at home in Woodland Hills, California, Bruce is currently at work on his first book, “ICONS, IDOLS, and IDIOTS—My Adventures with the Greats of Hollywood…  from Ozzie and Harriet to Elvis… Sinatra to the Beatles… Bob Hope to the Beach Boys” which is slated for publication in 2021 and will be supported by his one-man show recounting his adventures with the greats of entertainment and offer song selections from his long and colorful career.
 
“From Boy Singer to Renaissance Man” pretty much sums it up... for now.