Art Laboe was born Arthur Egnoian on 7 August 1925 in Salt Lake City, Utah.
He was an American-Armenian disc jockey, songwriter, record producer, and entrepreneur.
Laboe’s parents were Armenian immigrants who were practicing Mormons.
He graduated from Washington High School where he joined the United States Navy.
Laboe studied radio engineering at Los Angeles City College, San Mateo Junior College, and Stanford University.
During World War II in 1943, he made his debut on the radio on KSAN in San Francisco. It was during this period that he pioneered the request-and-dedication concept.
He was credited with coining the term “Oldies But Goodies”.
And is recognized as one of the first DJs to play rock ‘n’ roll and R&B on radio stations on the West Coast.
Laboe died on Friday 7 October 2022 after a bout of pneumonia.
DJ Art Laboe Wife: Was DJ Art Laboe Married?
Yes, Art Laboe was married. He was twice in his lifetime but the identities of the two women are undisclosed.
He also had two sons who predeceased him.