"Mum, what's that music that plays when I open this page?"
If you're not usingFRAMES,you're missing out on the other site content.
pssst--- "The Roy Acuff Show Collection"
TWENTY-TWO AFRS Melody
Round-Up shows can be accessed through my folder on Mediafire.
Thanks to Mike, these can be accessed through the internet archive organization:
On June 25, 2005 They
Cut Down the Old Pine Tree was sung at the close of the
The internet archive at http://www.archive.org has many OTR mp3s for download. Simply type in the name of the radio show you want into their search engine.
Thank you Mike Davis for the links!
This is an executable file for
Windows operating systems. Sorry Mac users; The authoring program I used
does not compile a file compatible with Mac computers. The file is large
so give it a little time to load up. Clicking on the cards will enlarge
the inset photos. Clicking a second time will return you to the lobbycard.
The <ESC> key will exit the program at any time.
zipped executable file, @ 7.65MB
Guests: Chester Lauck of
Lum and Abner,
Interesting to note: Hy
Gardner asks the contestants if they know "Dinty Doyle".
You'll have to unzip the above mp3 files using
Winzip or Stuffit expander,
Extry; MP3 clips for your
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FreeAir MP3 player available for download
Lum & Abner Society Home Page: http://www.lumandabnersociety.org/
The first, foremost, and best place to look for Lum and Abner info.
A VISIT WITH RADIO HUMORIST CHESTER LAUCK (LUM EDWARDS) at: Studies in American Humor: (http://www.compedit.com/lum_and_abner.htm)
Elephant joke: http://www.thecoffeeplace.com/Jokes/aaaaaaiz.html
Jot 'Em Down Store
and Museum: http://www.lum-abner.com/
If in Arkansas, be sure to stop at the Lum 'n Abner Museum and Jot 'em Down Store in Pine Ridge,Highway 88, Phone #870-326-4442
"Lum And Abner's Wonderful World!": http://www.angelfire.com/ar/lumabner/index.html
County, Arkansas - Postcards: http://www.rootsweb.com/~armontgo/postcards.htm
A series of postcards sprang from the popularity "Lum and Abner" program.
Pine Ridge Images: http://www.rootsweb.com/~armontgo/pineridge.htm
a Spell with Lum and Abner": http://www.lofcom.com/nostalgia/columns/retro/199908.phtml
An excellent article from the Retro-Views series by radio historian and columnist Elizabeth McLeod, from August 1999
On-line Newspaper Articles:
Lum and Abner Comic Strip. See http://www.firstarkansasnews.com
If I'm missing a good Lum & Abner-related link, please PLEASE PLEASE inform me at ajohns at hiwaaay.net
If using Internet Explorer, a midi file should start playing when the page opens. The title is "Down On The Old Party Line," written by Ralph Waldo Emerson and Elsie Mae Emerson. I've made slight adjustments in the performance of this midi file which can be downloaded by right clicking the following link and choosing "save as": Down_On_The_Old_Party_Line.mid
Here's another related Lum and Abner song:
To download, right click and "save as": O-o-oh_Wonderful_World.mid
Or to view the score and lyrics using the Noteworthy Composer program, right click and "save as": O-o-oh_Wonderful_World.nwc
I'll add to this list as material comes to mind. If you have any additions let me know.
Abner (Norris Goff) appeared on the Andy Griffith show? In episode 161 (160) "Opie's Job" Norris Goff appears as Mr. Doakes. Opie vies for a job at the grocery store.
"Opie" on the Andy Griffith show received his name in honor of Opie Cates, band leader and actor in the Lum and Abner's half-hour shows?
Norris Goff also appeared on Gomer Pyle as his grandfather?
Lum and Abner appeared on The Jack Benny Show pilot T.V. show on May 8, 1949 with The Andrews Sisters, Isaac Stern and Margaret Whiting?
Chester Lauck and Norris Goff were members of the Order of De Molay, a youth organization designed to benefit fatherless boys?
Chet Lauck was a Barbershopper, belonging to the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America (SPEBSQSA)? He also emceed the charter show for the Hot Springs Fun City Chapter, September 17, 1977, with 1,400 people attending in an un-airconditioned auditorium.
Elizabeth Taylor's 33-karat Krupp diamond was once offered to Chet Lauck by Vera Krupp, the actress?
The place where Carole Lombard died in a plane crash was Red Rock Ranch (AKA Bar Nothing Ranch, and more recently Spring Valley Ranch), owned by Chet Lauck? It is now a state park. [Error correction: Previously this page listed Mr. Goff as co-owner of the ranch, duplicating the error of the linked site. Mr. Lauck was the only owner. Thanks to "Uncle Donnie" Pitchford for catching this mistake.]
Grandpa Jones, of "Hee-Haw" and Grand Ol' Opry fame, and banjo-picker extraordinaire, did some of his earliest work in the Lum and Abner house band, "The Pine Ridge String Band" in the early 1930's?
Betty Boyle, a Lum and Abner show scriptwriter, operated a ladies' shop at the famed Desert Inn in Las Vegas?
That Lum and Abner were National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame Honorees in 1983?
Chester Lauck and Norris Goff (incorrectly listed as "M"orris) are listed as Theta Sigma alumni alongside notables such as John Wayne, David Letterman, and Tom Selleck?
Bea Benederet (Betty Rubble of the Flintstones) played Mrs. Wormley on the Lum and Abner Show?
Lum and Abner wrote a song?
Mr. Ludy Wilkie, who has written a fantastic Lum and Abner play in two acts, has sent along these additional bits of interesting trivia gathered from the Jot 'Em Down Journal:
Before the Lum and Abner radio program introduced the "Jot-em-Down Store," there was no such store in America. Three years after its appearance, there were 100 stores which had obtained permission to use that name!
Lum and Abner used the old-fashioned cigar-box type telephone so consistently in their scripts that telephone linemen and engineers throughout the country came to designate that particular type of party-line telephone as "the Lum and Abner line."
In October, 1937, news reports identified Lum and Abner as the only radio stars doing three shows a day. They did three a day, five days a week, for three different listening audiences.
Also, in October 1937, agents of the FBI investigated a threat to kidnap Chester Lauck and Norris Goff of the Lum and Abner show. The threat consisted of a newspaper clipping of a recent $10,000 extortion attempt on actor Wallace Beery. On the clipping were scrawled the words, "You're next!" The clipping was left at the studio where Lauck and Goff did their broadcast.
Lum and Abner were made colonels in Kentucky and Arkansas. In the event of a riot or insurrection, they would have had to go to Arkansas to command a company of milita.
Lum and Abner: was the first marathon charity broadcast on radio; the first program broadcast from New York's Radio City; the first international radio broadcast (Lum and Abner talked across the Atlantic Ocean) and one of the first programs broadcast on what would become the Mutual Radio Network. In 1936 THE RADIO GUIDE listed Lum and Abner as the number four program in popularity--bested only by Jack Benny, Eddie Cantor, and Burns and Allen.