A Look Back at Don Pietromonaco

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For many Baby Boomers who grew up in St. Louis, Don Pietromonaco provided the soundtrack for the late 1960s. He was the second “Johnny Rabbitt” on KXOK Radio, but was the one that most Baby Boomers remember. Writing his profile for The Colorful Characters of St. Louis brought an abundance of memories.

Pietromonaco’s child appearances in movies like An Affair to Remember and The Boy With Green Hair prepared him for his screwball encounters with imaginary sidekick, his Sunday night “Rabbitt Hops” at the Club Imperial and interviews with stars like Sammy Davis Jr. It’s hard to describe how he sounded. It’s best to listen to one of his programs on YouTube.

Published by Jim Merkel

Reedy Press published four of my books, Hoosiers and Scrubby Dutch: St. Louis's South Side, 2010; Beer, Brats, and Baseball: St. Louis Germans, 2012; The Making of an Icon: The Dreamers, The Schemers, and the Hard Hats Who Built the Gateway Arch; and the Second Edition of Hoosiers and Scrubby Dutch: St. Louis's South Side, 2014. They're available in bookstores and online. For an autographed copy, send a check for $21.50 made out to Jim Merkel, to Jim Merkel, 4216 Osceola St., St. Louis, MO 63116.

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