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Dean Reed - Death of a Comrade


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Mark Lamarr recalls the unconventional life of singer, songwriter and actor
Dean Reed. Sometimes dubbed the Red Elvis or the communist Johnny Cash, the teen-idol-looking Reed was virtually unknown in his native America. But following moves to Chile, Argentina, Italy (where he starred in numerous spaghetti westerns) and finally East Germany, he became one of the Soviet bloc's biggest stars. Reed was found dead in an East Berlin lake in 1986, aged 47, in what appeared to be a suicide. Contributors include Stefan Ernsting, author of Der Rote Elvis (The Red Elvis), American defector Victor Grossman, biographer Chuck Laszewski and journalist Russell Miller. Plus archive input from Dean Reed and Phil Everly.


Presenter: Mark Lamarr
Interviewee: Stefan Ernsting
Interviewee: Victor Grossman
Interviewee: Chuck Laszewski
Interviewee: Russell Miller
Producer: Bob McDowall

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Dean Reed - Death of a Comrade

BBC Radio 2, 11 July 2006 20.30

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