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

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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.

The "Jingle and Chimes" is heard in hundreds of ice cream trucks since 1960. (Marcus Quigmire/Wikimedia Commons)

The "Jingle and Chimes" is heard in hundreds of ice cream trucks since 1960. (Marcus Quigmire/Wikimedia Commons)

Though you may not notice when you hear the ice cream truck driving by playing it, the jingle has lyrics that reads:

The creamiest dreamiest soft ice cream you get from Mister Softee.

For a refreshing delight supreme, look for Mister Softee

My milkshakes and my sundaes and my cones are such a treat.

Listen for my store on wheels ding-a-ling down the street.

The creamiest dreamiest soft ice cream you get from Mister Softee.

For a refreshing delight supreme, look for Mister Softee

S-O-F-T double E. Mister Softee!

Waas is survived by his two children.