In the 1940s and 50s, millions of Americans heard the music of Bert Buhrman, but only a few knew whom they were hearing. The accomplished organist performed the background music for many popular radio shows on the national networks.
Born in 1915 in Missouri, Albert “Bert” Buhrman began playing the organ as a child. By age 10, he was performing at a local church. He got a degree in music from the University of Kansas, and soon became music director for a Kansas City radio station, earning $37.50 a week. That changed in 1940 when he moved to New York and joined CBS as a full-time organist, plus freelanced for ABC, NBC and Mutual.