Spoony Singh, RIP

Last week, a member of my extended family died. It’s not the kind of news I would share on my blog obviously but there’s a valid reason here.

Spoony Singh’s obituary made it to the New York Times.

Mr. Singh had an outsize personality, reflected in his riding an elephant in Hollywood parades and prospecting successfully for gold in Mexico. But his big idea came in 1964 as he traipsed along Hollywood Boulevard and saw no sign of celebrities — save their famous footprints by Grauman’s Chinese Theater — leading him to realize that a wax museum was the next best thing.

When his Hollywood Wax Museum opened on Feb. 26, 1965, a half-mile-long line of people waited to get in, to be followed by 300,000 or so a year for many years. Even as the price of admission has risen to $15.95 from $1.50, more than eight million people have visited. [via Kamla]

I met Spoony Singh for the first time last year when I visited LA and he was amazing. The guy was so inspiring because he had gone bust about three times but every time he went back into some business and made lots of money. Just listening to his stories was better than reading any edition of Forbes or something similar. He even released a record in Mexico, that’s how entrepreneurial he was.

But more than that he had a heart of gold and he was always generous with what he had. Just before he died the family told me, he wanted everyone to have a party after his funeral. That’s the way I’d do it too. He was the most successful Singh in Hollywood, bar none. Spoony Singh, RIP.

26 / October / 2006  Personal 
  • 1. sid  |  October 27th, 2006 at 2:40 pm

    Sounds like an amazing character. Condolences to the family.

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