How have we not heard of the Rocky Mountain Boys?? Here's a film clip from 1951.
I've been doing some research on this, and we haven't heard of them because that's not their "real" name. It was the "Mad Mountaon Boys." Here's another clip with the intro: youtu.be/BcngVtB6zUo Love that set change - that's professional show business!
And very nice bowing technique.
Thanks, Doug. Also, the band members were part of his orchestra. The guitarist is really left-handed. Benny was an outstanding violinist. I'm wondering if that fiddle was his Strad.
Also, there's another sketch on YouTube with a family in the Ozarks. No band, but filled with stereotypes.
I really have been researching this, and that young scene stealer who sings "You Are My Sunshine" was named Lynette Bryant. She also appeared in the next program to chat with Jack as "herself," but I can't find that one online. And yes the "Boys" were members of the orchestra, and those are their real names. The guitarist in particular also appeared in other sketches occasionaly.
Here's another tidbit. The woman who introduced the sketch was Dorothy Shay, "The Park Avenue Hillbillie," who had just performed. She was from Jacksonville, FL and her act was to appear in fancy clothes but speak in a southern drawl. She had an album on Columbia that was #1 on the Billboard charts for five weeks in 1947 - the first female artist to do so. As it happens we have that album of 78's, found at the thrift store.
Here's the whole program: youtu.be/-2K1QNkNN_s
There's a hilarious segment with Mel Blanc, who appeared frequently on the Benny show.
Forgot to mention that later in life Dorothy Shay played Thelma, owner of the Dew Drop Inn on "The Waltons" until her death in 1978.
Kirk - Re the violin "Zeke" plays in the sketch: Benny purchased his Stradivarius in 1957, so its not that. He donated it to the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 1972: tarisio.com/cozio-archive/prop...?ID=41038
He once quipped "If its not a real $30,000 Strad I'm out $120!"