Fred Foy, 'Lone Ranger' announcer, has died at age 89

Fred Foy, whose booming voice announced the arrival of The Lone Ranger TV series in the 1950s, has died. He was 89; he died of natural causes, said a representative for his family. If you were a kid in the ’50s, chances are just hearing Foy’s stirring, “Hi-Yo, Silver! A fiery horse with the speed of light, a cloud of dust and a hearty ‘Hi-yo Silver — The Lone Ranger!'” can give you goosebumps.

Foy began announcing The Lone Ranger series when it was still on radio in the late 1940s. He was also the announcer for another classic adventure series, The Green Hornet. In this clip, he talks about what The Lone Ranger meant to him:

Foy was also the announcer for The Dick Cavett Show. He was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 2000.

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  • Dan

    RIP! That interview with him is surprisingly awesome, the guy still remembered the whole minute long opening so many years later!

    • Maria

      I was thinking the same thing. How did he remember that whole opening? Impressive.

    • aL fERREIRA

      To this day it is still my favorite western, When I heard his voice it was time to sit down and listen. I even have radio tapes to listen in the car with. Thanks for the memories

      • Chuck

        Remember he did this show on the radio through the forties and into the 1950’s and then did the television show. The intro never changed and he must said it thousands of times. I have to admit when I played the intro from YouTube it sent shivers down my spine.

      • Michelli

        robert, i don’t think there’s a standard scirpt for corporate annual dinners they are all unique AFAIK how about just make sure you get all the names right, the event sequence, etc. you don’t need to be fancy at all in corporate event. just be yourself. once you get some experience you’ll be able to add salt add vinegar enjoy!

  • Razmig Der Torossian

    Oh wow, I can’t believe Fred Foy is gone! I loved listening to his voice announce for Lone Ranger and Green Hornet. May he truly rest in peace! Old time radio and classic TV has lost a true great!!!

    • Beth Jetson

      terrible news and BBWMarriage was amazing

    • Nolitha

      Oh yes! James Harman, he’s the business. You’re right about the lyicrs, he’s got a real knack for a quirky line and creating an atmospheric scene a bit like a film. We do a version of his Helsinki Laundromat Blues , which is possibly the best song I know about waking up in a launderette with a strange girl . and it includes advice on selecting a washing machine and the proper use of fabric softener. What more do you want? As well as being a briliant harp player with bags of tone I think he’s a fantastic singer too.

  • Dorothy

    I well remember this t.v. show and loved it. I am in my early 60’s so yes I grew up with this. These kids today have no clue what they are missing.

    • Rick

      I’m in my 60’s & grew up w/radio…we didn’t have TV until I was 5 or 6. What vivid mental pics that kids don’t have today.

      • LeeBoy

        You are just like me! We got TV at home when I was 5 (1957). We were a 1 TV town for many years (Medford OR) but I remember getting the LR on Saturdays. I would have killed to be in TV making at the time!!!!

    • Mel

      You are totally right, Dorothy…..I too grew up in the era…..It was inspiring to say the least…A period of time lost on “Duke Nukem” and others…..never to caught and savoured again except perhaps, in “hokey” film strips we so much enjoyed….

  • Larry

    One more member of the greatest generation passes, and our prayers and memories will hopefully linger long on fond experiences with Fred as an inextricable presence in our lives. A truly generous character.

  • mary

    How The Lone Ranger heads into the sunset.
    He is welcomed into heaven by all the ones who have gone before.
    we have lost a childhood hero.
    Until we met again!

  • Larry L

    Other than Don Pardo, My favorite announcer of all time.I also developed a great love of Rossini’s William Tell Overture RIP Fred, You were one of the greatest.I watched every Saturday morning.

  • Chris Sellmann

    How well I remember listening to my radio during the 1940’s , hearing the exciting episodes of the Lone Ranger, hearing his voice and picturing it all in my imagination as he spoke!! Thanks for the memories!!

  • Larry L

    I watched the interview and when he finished the show’s intro, I applauded and noticed the interviewer was applauding… and then I cried!

  • Albert Friday

    That interview was great! They don’t make them like that anymore. Rest in peace.

  • mizh

    Awwww. Another piece of early TV history gone. Sorry for his family’s loss. RIP, Mr. Foy.

  • William Anderson

    …he forgot to say “…brought to
    you by Webers Bread.”

    • James Beer

      No, Webers Bread sponsored The Cisco Kid. General Mills and Tootsie Roll were the sponsors on The Lone Ranger.

  • steve

    one of my childhood idols, along with, of course ,supermannn…: where do the dreams of childhood go…?

    • Richard

      They die with you.

      • Ebony

        Have you done one from Jesus before?SonOfGod Getting a weird vibe from @JudasKiss . Supposed to meet up tngioht at Gethsemane to talk about it. Hope it goes well.6:52 PM Mar 11th, 33 from CarrierPigeonJudasKiss @SonOfGod Don’t worry about it. Everything will be fine.6:57 PM Mar 11th, 33 from CarrierPigeon in reply to @SonOfGodReply by on August 12th, 2009 at Wednesday, August 12, 2009 @ 10:57 am@Badass Geek, no, the Judas Iscariot one up there was the closest one I did.

  • Richard

    Now that’s a shame. Guess we are getting old. That was when life was care free. Same Our kids will ne never experiance that.

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  • DK

    Wonderful. R.I.P.

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