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July 23, 2008

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Listener Greg G.

Great stuff. To quote a WFMU DJ with a raucous Thursday night program (if I may), "Where the hell's the Homer & Jethro box set?"

Krys_O.

The only company that might do up a Homer & Jethro box set up right would be Bear Family.

Chris Acklin

Very nice addition. I particularly like H&J's version of "Baby, It's Cold Outside", even if *two* guys cozying up to one gal is a little kinky.

By the way, the full name of the Loesser musical is "The MOST Happy Fella." You can hear selections from the original production in a memorable "I Love Lucy" episode.

Ted Hering

The 'gal' singing along on "Baby, It's Cold Outside" is none other than June Carter Cash. June and the boys re-create this musical moment on the Johnny Cash TV show in the 1970s. That segment is now available on the new 2-DVD Johnny Cash TV box set.

My favorite track: "My Darling."

The great thing about listening to a Homer and Jethro record: The first time you laugh at the jokey lyrics. But you can play the tracks again just to enjoy the superb mandolin/guitar bridges. These guys are really top musicians.

Later on the boys would add a full backup band, but I prefer these earlier "string" arrangements.

Dale Hazelton

"May the Bird of Paradise Fly Up your Nose" coming out of the Zenith console had us rolling as kids. But it's true, they were great musicians.

lissi

We had a Homer and Jethro Christmas 45 growing up - I think it was called "Randolph the Flat Nosed Reindeer" or something. It was played at least once a year during xmas music "season", and I was always fascinated by it. I remember it having the same kind of wacky graphics as this cover. Thanks for the Homer and Jethro appreciation! A Homer & Jethro boxed set would be a mighty cool item.

Harpo JB

Quoting lissi's previous post:
>> We had a Homer and Jethro Christmas 45 growing up - I think it was called "Randolph the Flat Nosed Reindeer" <<

Re-live those thrilling days of yesteryear ...

http://snipurl.com/randolph-reindeer

K.F. Raizor

>>Great stuff. To quote a WFMU DJ with a raucous Thursday night program (if I may), "Where the hell's the Homer & Jethro box set?">The only company that might do up a Homer & Jethro box set up right would be Bear Family. <<

Sorry, it's not forthcoming. I met Richard Weitz, head of Bear Family, at an ICMC function in 2007 and asked him if he'd ever considered putting out a box set on Homer and Jethro. I did not get "and Jethro" out of my mouth before he started shaking his head, saying he'd lose money on such a project.

I'm writing a biography on H&J. If it sells, maybe Bear Family will change its mind.

Jim Stripling

Many thanks for posting these. I used to have this Loesser set on 45's, but lost it ages ago.

Chet Atkins, who was Jethro's brother-in-law, is playing guitar on some of the cuts.

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