TV, radio, soundies and...
The boys made their name in radio but TV and soundies were in the picture, too. So much was lost and so much was live on TV and radio. Where we can find references and preserved material, you'll find it here.
From The Indies To The Andies In His Undies 1942 (available on VHS)
KP Serenade 1942 (available on VHS)
HOOSIER HOT SHOTS ON TV
Ranch Party (syndicated program starring Tex Ritter)
HOOSIER HOT SHOTS RADIO
Let's start with the show that made them famous.
WLS National Barn Dance On NBC (1933-46)
The Barn Dance predated its most sucessful imitator, The Grand Ole Opry, by a year but we start our history with the arrival of the Hot Shots. Sharing the stage with our boys were such luminaries as PAt Butram, George Gobel, Gene Autry (the boys later worked in his wild west show), Lulu Belle and Scotty, Red Foley, and a list that goes on and on. The Hoosier Hot Shots joined the Barn Dance in 1933 (a trio then) and continued on into the mid 40s. Selected shows listed here.
February 25, 1939 You Can't Stop Me From Dreaming, Ever So Quiet
April 1, 1939 It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing), There's A Hole In The Old Oaken Bucket
October 1, 1942Fit As A Fiddle, Sweet Prunella
December 5, 1942Hi Buddy, Rosie The Riviter
October 2, 1943 This Is The Chorus, Lay That Pistol Down
April 15, 1944 I Love You Apples I Do, She's Up To Her Heart In Victory
September 22, 1945 When Francis Dances With Me, The Indiana Corncerto
Uncle Ezra Program (A WLS/NBC daytime program) The Hot Shots were managed by the Wade Agency who handled the Alka Seltzer account. The boys were tied to Alka Seltzer for many years. Uncle Ezra, and the entry below, were sposored by Alka Seltzer
Alka Seltzer On NBC at 5:30 pm before the evening news. This program aired for 3 years in the 30s.
Command Performance (syndicated, United States Government) With raer exceptions this program wa broadcast only to servicemen.
Mail Call (#67) 1 December 1943, Host Groucho Marx.
Round Up Time 19 January 1952, with Tex Williams and Deuce Spriggins on NBC.
Atlantic Spotlight 29 July 1944, on NBC.
Radio Hall Of Fame (ABC) February 25, 1945
Jubilee (AFRS) July 16, 1945 #142
Basic Musical Library (USA Armed Forces) Not really a radio show but just a collection of Hot Shots numbers for the military radio stations. P#199
Bandomania (Syndicated, National Safety Council)circa 1944
The Hoosier Hot Shots Show (Mutual 1950-51) with Anita Gordon. Performed live every Saturday night.
Korncert Kings A program using World Transcriptions. A local announcer would read from the script and then play one of the 99 numbers on the 8 16" discs. The following chart lists the songs of the transcriptions which could be used with or without the scripts.
A Hill Billy Wedding In June|
After You've Gone
Alexanders Ragtime Band
Beatrice Fairfax, Tell Me What To Do
Beer Barrel Polka
Bow Wow Blues
Breezin' Along With The Breeze
Bringin' Home The Bacon
Brown Eyes Why Are You Blue?
By The Beautiful Sea/Asleep In The Deep
Bye Bye Bessie
Bye Bye Blues
Cuddle Up A Little Closer Lovey Mine
Do What Your Mother Did
Don't Be Tellin' Me Your Troubles
Down Home Rag
Four Thousand Years Ago
From The Indies To The Andes In His Undies
Good, Good, Good
He Was A cowboy
Here Comes The Cheer Parade
How Will We Get Here Back In The Kitchen
How 'Ya Gonna Keep 'Em Down On The Farm
I Like Mountain Music
Ida, Sweet As Apple Cider
I'll Make A Ring Around Rosie
I'm All Ready For The Summertime
In A Little Red Barn
In Old New York/Sidewalks Of New York
In The Summer At The Gay Seashore
Is It True What They say About Dixie
It Ain't Gonna Rain No Mo'
It Ain't Nobody's Biz'ness What I Do
It Looks Like Rain
Let A Smila Be Your Umbrella On A Rainy Day
Look On The Bright Side
Lookie, Lookie, Lookie, Here Comes Cookie
Ma (He's Making Eyes At Me)
Meet Me By The Ice House Lizzie
Meet Me Tonight In The Cowshed
My Little Bimbo Down On A Bamboo Isle
No Romance In Your Soul
Oh How She Lied To Me
On The West Side Of Chicago
Put On Your Slippers And Fill Up Your Pipe
Row, Row, Row
Sentimental Gentleman from Georgia
Since We Put A Radio Out In The Henhouse
Some Of These Days
Somedays you Can't Make A Nickle
Sweet Georgia Brown
Sweet Jenny Lee
Swing Little Indians, Swing
That's What I Learned In college
The Berrys and The Nuts
The coat And The Pants Do All The Work
The Covered Wagon Rolled Right Along
The Fireman's Bride
The K.P. Serenade
The Latin Quarter
The Musket Came Down From The Door
The Shiek Of Araby
Then Hill-Billies Are Mountain Williams Now
There's A Hole In The Old Oaken Bucket
This Is The Chorus
Too Little, Too Late, Little Darlin'
Toot, Toot, Tootsie
Wait At The Gate For Me Katy
Washington & Lee Swing
What's The Good Word Mr. Bluebird
When My Baby Smiles At Me
When The Grownup Ladies Act Like Babies
When Will I Know
When You Wore A Tulip
Which Came First The Chicken Or The Egg
Who's Your Little Hoosier
Yankee Doodle Boy
You Kissed Me Once
You Must Have Been A Beautiful Baby