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#NotSoBrooklynNews – Les Waas, Creator Of The Mister Softee Jingle, Died

#NotSoBrooklynNews - Les Waas, Creator Of The Mister Softee Jingle, Died

Mister Softee ice cream truck in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. | Photo via Ayanna P./OurBKSocial

I remember as a child, sitting in the living room of my grandmother’s brownstone in Crown Heights during long, hot Brooklyn summers, and the only thing that would make me run outside of her comfortable air conditioned room, was the sound of the ice cream truck.

Les Waas, the master creator of the Miser Softee ice-cream truck jingle, died on April 19 at the age of 94. Though having passed on weeks ago, news from GAbington Hospice in Warminster, Pennsylvania, where he died, has just started to make news.

Waas was the creator and producer of more than 970 jingles during a career that spanned over five decades — yet nothing more popular than the Mister Softee song he wrote in 1960 for the Pennsylvania company.

The song, titled “Jingle and Chimes,” has actual lyrics to it that most have never heard:

“The creamiest, dreamiest soft ice cream,
You get from Mister Softee.
For a refreshing delight supreme,
Look for Mister Softee.
My milkshakes and my sundaes and my cones are such a treat,
Listen for my store on wheels, ding-a-ling down the street.
The creamiest, dreamiest soft ice cream,
You get from Mister Softee.
For a refreshing delight supreme,
Look for Mister Softee.
S-O-F-T Double ‘E’, Mister Softee.”



Listen below:

Waas, who was born in 1922, is survived by two children.

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