My Life Happened Something Like This …

I was born Lawrence Harvey Zeiger but changed my name at the insistence of the general manager of the radio stationed I worked at. He (the manager) happened to be looking at an ad for “Kings’ Wholesale Liquors” in the newspaper at the time and Voilà! from that day forward I was Larry King. I’m just glad he didn’t come across and ad for Vaseline, I don’t think I could have lived with the name Larry Vaseline.

The funniest person I’ve ever met is Mel Brooks, I wonder if he feels the same way about me?

My first Frank Sinatra interview came about because Frank owed Jackie Gleason a favor and Jackie was a friend and mentor of mine when I worked in Miami. Jackie made a call to Frank to “pay-up” on the favor and that’s how it all went down.

Paul McCartney once came over to my house and listened to my wife Shawn’s album. She’s a great singer; turns out he’s pretty good too.

I have never interviewed Bruce Springsteen, how’d that even happen, he’s The Boss? I’d like to have sung “Born in the USA” with him; maybe he knew that and avoided my calls.


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