- Audio CD (Jan. 2 2008)
- Number of Discs: 4
- Format: Box set, Compilation
- Label: Universal Music Canada
- ASIN: B0002DSA1Q
- Other Editions: Audio CD | MP3 Download
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Kings of Comedy Box set, Compilation
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|1. Jack Renard - Eddie Cantor|
|2. Oh Gee, Oh Gosh, Oh Golly - Eddie Cantor|
|3. Rise - Eddie Cantor|
|4. The Mayor Of Texaco Town - Eddie Cantor|
|5. The Voice And Philosophy Of W.C.Fields - W.C. Fields|
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|1. Temperance - W.C. Fields|
|2. Drug Store - W.C. Fields|
|3. Bugs Bunny Girls - Abbott & Costello|
|4. Nylon Stockings - Abbott & Costello|
|5. Nylon Stockings, Part 2 - Abbott & Costello|
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|1. New Radio Contract - Danny Kaye|
|2. Danny Gets Lost - Danny Kaye|
|3. Ingrid Knucklemeyer And Minnie - Danny Kaye|
|4. Introduction - Duck Soup - The Marx Brothers|
|5. Hollywood Agents - The Marx Brothers|
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|1. The Fleabo Company - The Marx Brothers|
|2. The Groucho Marx Quiz - The Marx Brothers|
|3. You Bet Your Life - The Marx Brothers|
|4. Give My Regards To Broadway - The Marx Brothers|
|5. Chico Joins The Act - The Marx Brothers|
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UK four CD box-set featuring material taken from the golden age of radio comedy. Artists include Abbott & Costello, The Marx Brothers, W.C. Fields, & Bob Hope. Includes 56-page booklet with full background stories behind the lives of the stars. Proper Music. 2004.
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Eddie Cantor's Oh! Gee, Oh! Gosh, Oh! Golly, I'm In Love, from Ziegfield Follies Of 1922, was the earliest to appear on record, that coming in 1923 when it reached # 7 in October on Columbia 3934. Inka Dinka Doo was, of course, the theme for Jimmy Durante. It appeared on film in the movie Palooka, and in February 1934 a version on Brunswick 6774 reached # 6.
1947 saw two classics, the first being Dusty Fletcher, another old-time vaudevillian, who took his famous routine to record with the backing of the Jimmy Jones Orchestra and, in February 1947, Open The Door Richard got as high as # 2 R&B/# 3 Pop on National 4012, in competition with no less than 6 cover versions by Count Basie, The Three Flames, Jack McVea, The Charioteers, Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five and The Pied Pipers. Later that summer, Red Ingle & His Natural Seven hit the # 1 spot with their parody of Temptation, titled Tim-Tayshun, with vocal by Cinderella G. Stump who, in reality, was Jo Stafford. It also appears in the film Going Hollywood.
In late fall 1952, with the backing of Horace Heidt & His Musical Knights, comedian Johnny Standley lampooned those ubiquitous fundamentalist preachers with his two-sided hit, It's In The Book on Capitol 2249, and saw it rise to # 1, where it stayed for two weeks. The following year, Mr. Peepers himself, Wally Cox, gave us What A Crazy Guy on RCA Victor 5278 and in May it made it to # 27. Then, in October, Stan Freberg (with help from Daws Butler and June Foray) took dead aim at Dragnet with his # 1 (for FOUR weeks) St. George And The Dragonet on Capitol 2596, and later that December, Buddy Hackett's hilarious The Chinese Waiter was a # 29 on Coral 61105. And long before he became Sherriff Andrew Jackson "Andy" Taylor in Mayberry, R.F.D. (and later Matlock), Andy Griffith put out his classic What It Was, Was Football on a small North Carolina label. It became such a local hit that Capitol purchased the rights and in January 1954 it reached # 9 on Capitol 2693.
While the album is heavy on acts like The Marx Brothers (11 entries), W.C. Fields (6), Eddie Cantor, Abbott & Costello and Danny Kaye (4 each), conspicuous by their absence to some keen-eyed old-timers would be Edgar Bergen & Charlie McCarthy/Mortimer Snerd, Fred Allen (& Allen's Alley), Amos `N' Andy, The Bickersons, Jack Benny and others. Even so, what is here is sure to please, and even though some did not become single record hits, many did appear on best-selling albums and are no less classic, led by Abbott & Costello's enduring Who's On First?, W.C. Field's Never Give A Sucker An Even Break, and Pal-Yat-Chee, the 1950 take-off on the opera Pagliacci by Spike Jones & His City Slickers from their LP Murdering The Classics.
Fun as both memory-joggers and for those wishing to experience the taste of old-time radio comedy. It just could have been a bit more all-encompassing when selecting tracks.