2 Photos: Dan & Clara Brennan

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2 Photos: Dan & Clara Brennan

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Two photographs of radio personality Dan Brennan and his wife Clara, Birmingham, Alabama. The first shows the young couple at radio station WVOK. In the second, the couple embraces; lipstick kisses adorn the back of the photo.

Dan and Clara Brennan were married for seventy years, from 1950 until Dan's death in 2020; according to his obituary, "'Dan the Music Man,' age 90, died peacefully of natural causes in [Clara's] arms." 

Born in Brickyard, Alabama, Dan Brennan — along with his older brothers Bill and Cyril — belonged to a powerful family of radio broadcasters; in addition to Birmingham's WVOK, the Brennans owned popular stations in Montgomery, Alabama; Jacksonville, Florida; and Chattanooga, Tennessee.

The youngest Brennan brother began at WVOK as an announcer in 1947 and emerged as a popular on-air personality across the family's stations. As host of WVOK's Dixie Jamboree, he presided over a live stage show of local country performers through the 1950s. By the close of that decade he had launched the long-running, celebrity-packed Shower of Stars concert series, bringing to Birmingham and other southern cities a long list of major rock and roll, country, and pop artists.

Photos courtesy John Horton, who obtained the originals from the estate of Dan Brennan.

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“2 Photos: Dan & Clara Brennan,” Southern Music Research Center, accessed April 18, 2024, https://southernmusicresearch.org/items/show/1581.