Les Waas, creator of the Mister Softee jingle, dies at 94

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Thursday, April 28, 2016

PHILADELPHIA -- The creator of the Mister Softee jingle heard in hundreds of ice cream trucks since 1960 has died. Les Waas was 94.

Goldsteins' Rosenberg's Raphael-Sacks funeral home says Les Waas died April 19 at Abington Hospice in Warminster, Pennsylvania.

The advertising legend wrote and produced more than 970 jingles during a career that spanned more than five decades. But none was more well-known than the Mister Softee song, which he wrote in 1960 for the company started in his Philadelphia hometown just a few years earlier.

The song is officially titled "Jingle and Chimes" and includes less recognized lyrics.

Waas is survived by his two children.