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Wabash Piano, Slide Whistle
In the mid 40s Hezzie and the group left Chicago and the National Barn Dance for the comfort of California, where Hezzie made a home in North Hollywood. He started a pawn/jewelry business in the 50s and kept musicians alive between gigs. The store survives to this day.
Hezzie's death in 1979 brought the end to the 50 years of America's greatest novelty band.
For more information on Hezzie, read the Standby Magazine June 1935 article
Use your Hezzie Jr., Slide Whistle or get a "zither" just like Hezzie's.
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At the end of a performance, Hezzie would close with a couple jokes...
A presentation of the Hoosier Hot Shots Museum for your information and entertainment.
Photos from The Original Hoosier Hot Shots Album of Songs & Photographs, published and copyright 1938 by the Hoosier Hot Shots; WLS Family Album published by Prairie Farmer Publishing; and the collections of Paul Trietsch, Jr.; Gil Taylor, Jr; and Ezra Buzzington
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