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 and his wife Hertha… a talented 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.”  He was rewarded with a standing ovation and spirited shouts of “Amen” from the adoring congregation. Their praise, a proud bear hug from his father and the stick of chewing gum he was given 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. 

 

He spent long hours singing along with Bing Crosby and The Mills Brothers on the radio or at the piano being coached by his supportive and always encouraging mother “while our supper burned on the stove.”

 

He was 10 in 1946 when the possibility of a musical career drew closer. 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 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.

That early collaboration soon sparked his father’s intense determination to groom his son for a career as a Gospel singer. That fatherly obsession intensified throughout Bruce’s teen years and ultimately culminated in a heart-breaking showdown with the father he admired, but had no desire to emulate.

As a star-struck 15-year-old, he delivered newspapers to dozens of 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, Harpo Marx and Rosalind Russell. Witnessing their lavish lifestyle further stoked Bruce’s determination to build a show business career.

His father’s salary at the time was $125.00 per week.

 

On his delivery route through Beverly Hills, he began to experience firsthand encounters with world-renowned celebrities, something he did his best to bring about at every opportunity.

Oscar winner Gene Kelly took time to patiently teach him the correct way to fold and throw a newspaper. Ageing Comedy legend Jimmy Durante would chat with him when he came out in his bathrobe and slippers to fetch his paper.

 

More show biz elements came into play at school.

 

His father feared his pint-sized son would be bullied at the local junior high which had a dicey reputation, pulled strings and enrolled Bruce in Emerson Junior High in West L.A. It was a fateful choice. Emerson’s student body was from high-end Bel Air, Brentwood and Westwood. With his hand-me-down wardrobe from his older brother, short stature and white-blond hair, he immediately became a target for 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’s English teacher mentored and encouraged him and predicted his writing would “win a Pulitzer someday.”

 

Bruce would rather have a hit record.

 

His junior high classmates included future star Robert Redford, who carried Bruce’s books when Bruce and was on crutches with a broken ankle, Doug McClure and Juvenile Oscar winner, Bobby Driscoll, Hollywood’s biggest child star since Shirley Temple.

 

(After two chaotic weeks being mobbed, 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. During this period, Bruce and his best friend Eddie Cobb, would climb the fence at the back of the 20th Century Fox studio lot and wander among exotic film sets. It was a playground that fascinated the two youngsters and fueled their dreams of making their mark in Hollywood.

 

Excitement radiated from the chic, Sunset Strip nightclubs mere blocks from his family’s modest parsonage. As a teenager, Bruce 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 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 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, his ambition soon focused on pursuing a recording career in a close harmony vocal group.

 

He was also beginning to compose personalized songs and poems for various church functions.

In 1952, Bruce 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 Bruce’s older brother Stanton, whom he idolized.

 

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, meet a lot of girls and ease the burden on their low-income families.

 

Many fellow students were already embarked on successful show business careers. One pretty blonde classmate portrayed Gordon MacRae’s daughter in the classic film musical Carousel, and a gymnast/dancer buddy 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. Normal activities on the campus that Carol Burnette and James Garner attended.

Other classmates like Mike Farrell and Sally Kellerman would later go on to stardom, as would future Hollywood High students such as Linda Evans, Stephanie Powers, John Phillip Law, Sara Jessica Parker and John Ritter.

 

And then there were Bruce’s 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 performers. Bruce and Glen recruited two pals from the school choir—high tenor Evan Fisher and bass Bruce Stanford—for 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 on to something special and they now enlisted classmates—Bruce’s friend 6’4” bass and high school football star Ed Cobb and high tenor and former boy soprano in the famed Mitchell Boys Choir, Marv Ingram—to permanently fill the other two slots.

 

And The Four Preps were born.

 

Southern California in the mid-’50s was an explosion of good time events and the fledgling foursome was soon in demand for bar-b-ques, beach parties, school assemblies bar mitzvahs and sock hops. Usually for little more than gas money.

 

Realizing that four green teenagers needed musical guidance, Bruce asked Hollywood High’s musical prodigy and aspiring classical pianist, Lincoln Mayorga, to become the group’s accompanist, arranger and conductor. Lincoln signed on. That relationship would last for more than 13 years and earn Lincoln the affectionate sobriquet “the 5th Prep.”

 

(Lincoln would later go on to a distinguished concert and studio career.)

 

The five strivers continued performing throughout Southern California, rehearsing every night after their day jobs, usually past midnight. Bruce drove a delivery truck for a Beverly Hills florist and crossed paths with celebrities like Zsa Zsa Gabor and future stars like Marlo Thomas and Candace Bergen. Bruce’s exposure to the stars’ lavish lifestyle – including Ira Gershwin’s garden party for 100

Celebs, intensified his determination to make a career of it.

 

Meanwhile, Bruce tirelessly prowled office buildings all over Hollywood futilely trying to elicit interest in their audition tape at a record label. Finally, Melville Shauer, a prominent personal manager (Les Paul & Mary Ford) submitted their tape to a legendary Capitol Records producer Voyle Gilmore (famous for his work with Sinatra, Judy Garland, Gordon MacRae, Al Martino and The Four Freshmen).

 

Aware of the rapidly expanding market of teenaged record buyers, Gilmore 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 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 such as Jimmie Rodgers, Richie Valens, Jan and Dean and the Righteous Brothers (which spawned a lifelong friendship with Bill Medley).

 

In late 1956, their first release “Dreamy Eyes,”, entered the Billboard charts at #56 with a bullet. Excitement at the Capitol Tower ran high. However, by the following week it had disappeared from the charts, That disappointment was followed by six more single releases which garnered enormous airplay—the nation’s disc jockeys had “adopted” the Preps—but if failed to inspire many sales.

 

Even without a hit record, their lively act and vocal polish landed them a spot on 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 with Edgar Bergen, a scant two months after attending there as high school prom-goers.

All they needed was that elusive hit
 

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 nice musical rapport, 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 Nelson 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. Ricky Nelson would often cite this as a defining moment in his decision to give his life to music. 

 

Nelson, for whom LIFE magazine would soon coin the phrase “Top Teen Throb” in its cover story, now embarked on his first record-breaking tour, playing to sold-out arenas for 35,000 boisterous, semi-hysterical teenage girls.

 

Ricky and the Preps were mobbed after every show and barely survived more than one narrow escape. Additional bodyguards were added.

 

It was the riotous new world of being a “Teen Idol” and would yield Bruce some of his most colorful memories.  

 

The Preps had witnessed what a hit record can do for a career and continued searching for the magic song while trying every style: Pop, Doo Wop, Folk, Country, including tunes by Burt Bacharach and Max Steiner and backed by arrangers like Billy May. Lots of airplay. Little sales.

 

Then in early 1958, The Four Preps became international Pop Stars with their first million-seller, “26 Miles Across the Sea (Santa Catalina)”, written by Bruce and Glen.

 

In the ensuing years, music historians have credited that landmark recording with introducing the world to the light, airy, West Coast vocal style that 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, where he wote: “26 Miles. It was California, the ocean, girls, hell, it was everything I wanted to be or do!”

 

Music lovers around the world agreed and soon, “the Island of Romance,” was welcoming a million visitors a year. NBC’s Today Show would proclaim: “26 Miles has put Catalina on the map and made the Four Preps household names.”

 

(Today, The Preps and “26 Miles” are celebrated by an 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, the preacher’s kid was 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 episodes. The Preps were featured on Ozzie and Harriet for a second season, but soon their demanding 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, for several more seasons, squeezing it in between Preps concerts as often as possible. It was a hectic regimen, but his multiple seasons as a cast regular would begin a close, life-long friendship with the Nelson family and provide still more memorable experiences.
 
During the next three seasons, 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 perform a ballet number in drag. A role he considers his “crowning achievement as an actress.” 
 
“26 Miles” had now sold over 20 million copies, followed by “Big Man” which would outsell “26 Miles” worldwide and a dozen Preps’ singles on the Billboard charts, including additional million sellers “Down by the Station” and “Lazy Summer Night.” They would also score additional Top 40 hits with “Calcutta,” “Got a Girl,” “Cinderella”, “More Money for You and Me” and “The Big Draft”, co-written by Bruce and Glen, ​which featured their spot-on satirical impressions of other groups.

 

Soon the Preps were considered the quintessential West Coast Pop group, embodying the Southern California lifestyle and carefree beach culture of the ’50s. The cover of their first studio album The Things We Did Last Summer, featured the four of them in bathing suits flirting with a couple of models on the sands of the beach where they’d grown up body surfing.

 

Bruce was now living American Graffiti and Happy Days every day. He bought a new 1959 Corvette off the showroom floor… for cash.


The Preps then had another landmark engagement headlining during prom season at the famous Sunset Strip nightclub, The Crescendo, with rising stand-up sensation Mort Sahl.… a few short blocks from the church parsonage where Bruce had grown up.
 

Meanwhile “Big Man” became their second gold record and in the following years be covered by Herman’s Hermits and Donny Osmond.
 
In the Fall of 1958, the Preps co-starred in the first Dick Clark-endorsed movie and the first surfer film from a major studio: Gidget starring 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 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 three consecutive LIVE In-Concert albums in their “On Campus Series”, highlighting their potent vocals, irreverent, often political comedy and satirical imitations of other popular singing groups. That album track “More Money for You and Me” became a hit single and in 1961 was voted the Novelty Record of the Year.

 
Those LIVE concert recordings soon catapulted them into one of America’s top college concert attractions for three consecutive years in the mid-’60s and saw them flying in their private plane to 120 campuses a year for nearly half a decade. Then came a milestone engagement in Vegas and at the Seattle World’s Fair with George Burns and Broadway legend Carol Channing, which spawned Bruce’s deep friendship with Burns, who would become Bruce’s lifelong mentor and “Career Godfather.”
 
The Preps soon enlisted in the Air National Guard and adjusted their tour schedule to accommodate monthly weekend drills, sometimes flying home for military duty, then back on the road.


No Prep ever missed a roll call in over two years of service. The Preps entertained at military bases all over Europe and Asia, where Bruce narrowly escaped death in fiery plane crash.


Their draft obligation was being fulfilled while their show business commitments could still be met. The Preps served at the base in Van Nuys each day and then flew to Vegas every night to share the bill with George Burns and Broadway legend Carol Channing. During this time, the Preps averaged 4-5 hours of sleep a night. Bruce’s on-base duty was cleaning latrines. He would later turn their hilarious and harrowing adventures trying to serve Uncle Sam and still keep their career afloat, into the popular comedy feature film Weekend Warriors, starring Lloyd Bridges and Jack Lemmon’s son Chris. It’s now a staple on HBO.
 
The Preps were honorably discharged after a year’s active duty. During which they did over 50 personal appearances promoting National guard recruitment. and were awarded a Commendation from the Department of the Air Force.
 
Having survived the grueling year together, their camaraderie was intense. But by now, each Prep was also enjoying his own success in other aspects of the industry.

 

Then the Beatles threatened a lawsuit over the Preps satirical record kidding Beatlemania was taken off the market. It was the Preps; last chart record.

 

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 make history as one of music’s most successful songwriters (“Tainted Love”) and record producers, working with Fleetwood Mac, Pink Floyd and Steely Dan. He is cited twice in the Guinness Book of Records. 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. Marv Ingram became a successful commodities broker.  
 
With the original Preps disbanded, Bruce joined forces with Diamond Dave Somerville, original lead singer of the Diamonds, who had replaced Cobb for 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 added Belland and Somerville to 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)

In addition to performing with Somerville during that time, Bruce became heavily involved in freelance advertising, creating, producing and sometimes directing radio, TV and print campaigns for clients like 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 Chevrolet commercial at NBC, the network brass offered him a position as a Senior Programming Executive. He accepted, was promoted in ten 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 five 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 SquaresCross Wits, Days of Our Lives, The Mickey Mouse Club,  the Daytime Emmys 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 while working 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, 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, Bruce, Glen and Ed 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.

His musical creations have been performed by Sammy Davis Jr., Willie Nelson, Roy Clark, Kathy Young, T.G. Shepphard, 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 75 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 originally co-written in the ’70s for the NBC Mystery Theater, was recorded by R and B diva Latricia McNeal and reached 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 five Disney feature films. 

(for Bruce's Screenwriting Credits pageclick here)

As a playwright, he’s written 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 regional productions made it to Broadway, but 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, Johnny Mathis, Tim Conway, Andy Williams, Chevy Chase and Regis Philbin.

After a 20-year hiatus, Bruce and Ed Cobb re-formed the Four Preps in 1989 at Dick Clark’s suggestion. They were joined by 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.

They debuted at the Greek Theater and toured around the world until the late 90’s when Cobb retired because of ill health.

 

At that point, Yester, Belland and Somerville continued touring as Triple Gold—The Three Tenors of Pop during which time Bruce penned the screenplay for Weekend Warriors. During that period, he also created and Hosted Pop Americana, a weekly music/interview radio show for Gold Coast Broadcasting. His 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 Glen Larson into dusting off his tuxedo and joining him, Jim Yester and David Somerville for that singular performance.

 

Magic Moments has gone on to become one of Public Broadcasting’s most successful fundraisers and by now, has been enjoyed by over 200 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 concerts a year until 2019.

 

In recent years, Bruce also performed in numerous concerts with his lifelong colleague and collaborator “5th Prep” Lincoln Mayorga. That act - 2 History Making Hit Makers 2 performed until Lincoln retired.


(available on YouTube—click here)
 

In addition to being cited in the Congressional Record, Bruce has been honored with 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 National Guard recruitment” during their hitch on active duty.

 

For several years Bruce enjoyed Public Speaking for such organizations as MENSA, The International Society of Association Executives and the National Speakers Association.

 

Did we mention he’s about to publish his memoir? ICONS, IDOLS and IDIOTS of HOLLYWOOD – My Adventures in America’s First Boy Band.

 

He’s also developing a pop culture radio show for syndication.

 

Yep. He’s still as busy as ever at age 86.


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 involved in launching his memoir, which is slated for publication late this year on Bear Manor Books. The book will be supported by his Zoomed one-man show recounting his adventures with the greats of entertainment: From Boy Singer to Renaissance Man, which pretty much sums it up... for now.