Skip to comments.Happy 42nd Anniversary, Hee Haw (my title)
Posted on 06/15/2011 9:02:20 AM PDT by matt1234
Created by Frank Peppiatt and John Ayleswoth, the first HEE HAW show aired on the CBS Television Network on June 15, 1969, as a summer replacement series for the SMOTHERS BROTHERS COMEDY HOUR. HEE HAW was such a resounding success CBS slated the series for mid-season debut and as they say, the rest is history. From December 17, 1969 thorough December 27, 1997, HEE HAW shows were a weekly event in American households. A total of 585 one-hour shows were taped in Nashville, Tennessee, initially in 1969 at the CBS affiliate WLAC-TV (now WTVF-TV) and then moving to the Opryland Complex -Studio A in 1980.
HEE HAW is only one of a handful of television programs that have had a profound and lasting influence on American culture. Skits such as "The Cornfield," "Pickin and Grinnin," "Pfft You Was Gone," and "Gloom, Despair and Agony On Me" have become known universally and are woven into the American comedic fabric. Today HEE HAW is referenced in David Lettermans "Top 10" and Jay Lenos opening monologue. HEE HAW has been recognized by the Country Music Hall of Fame Nashville, The Museum of Broadcast Communications Chicago and The Museum of Television and Radio Los Angeles and New York.
Cornball nonsense and very funny.
I remember Hee Haw. We had one TV when I was growing up, and three stations. At 7 PM on Saturdays there were three choises......Lawrence Welk (Dad’s favorite), Hee Haw (Mom’s choice) and Championship Wrestling (my preference). Needless to say, we didn’t watch wrestling. At least Hee Haw was lots more entertaining than Lawrence Welk.
Dad liked the show after Hee Haw. Porter Waggoner. Mostly he liked Porter’s two biggest discoveries, Dolly Parton.
When I was a little kid in the early and mid 1970s, my dad would always watch Hee Haw Saturday night at 7:00. Always. No exceptions were allowed. Didn’t matter what sport was on that I was raptly watching (like a late-running college football game), he’d come in, yell at me, change the channel, sit down, and watch Hee Haw. He’d get angry if Hee Haw was pre-empted for anything. And as a 7- or 8-year-old boy, I never understood why.
Then I got a little older. And I took a better look at Barbi Benton...and Misty Rowe...and allllll the rest of those girls in the Daisy Dukes.
And then I understood why my old man never missed Hee Haw. Hint: It wasn’t for the comedy stylings of Junior Samples.
I liked his “Pee Little Thrigs”
I dare you to keep your teeth
from grinning while you watch it;
i failed hilariously.
ahhhhhh misty rowe.......
Where, oh, where are you tonight?
Why did you leave me here all alone?
I searched the world over,
And I thought I’d found true love.
You met another
And PFFFT you was gone.
“Gloom, despair and agony on me-e!
Deep dark depression, excessive misery-y!
If it weren’t for bad luck I’d have no luck at all!
Gloom, despair and agony on me-e-e!”
Today that’s called “Hope and Change”.
I remember the very first show because I watched from a hospital bed. I was 10 years old at the time.
Now thats funny right there. I don't care who you are, thats funny.
Roy Clark’s incredible musical virtuosity was always a highlight for me.
That and the cut-offs girls, of course.
Nurse Goodbody - oh my. And who was the dark-haired girl? Youch. Buck and Roy.
Oh, yeah - Gunilla Hutton. :-)
It always used to bug me when Roy would get that little fake laugh then introduce the next musical guest....
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