Even though we mostly lived in town while I was growing up, I spent plenty of time in the country because we had lots of relatives living in rural areas. Having regular visits with them meant lots of opportunities for me to see ‘good ol’ boys’, a term that was meant as a compliment. You couldn’t ask for much more than for someone to say about you, “he’s a good ol’ boy”.
But it should also be said that the good ol’ boys I remember didn’t much resemble the boobs in the TV show (and later movie), The Dukes Of Hazzard. Even though Waylon Jennings made the theme song, “Good Ol’ Boys,” a big hit about thirty years ago, the show itself was hopefully not taken too seriously.
Along about the same time, a similar song with an almost identical name — “Just Good Ol’ Boys” — also shot up the charts. It was the first (and biggest) hit of a musical comedy duet formed by a couple of established country music singers, Moe Bandy and Joe Stampley.
The twosome had a lot of fun working together and they were very popular with fans, but ultimately both preferred to spend most of their time on their solo careers. Still, they’ve managed to come together from time to time through the years, again entertaining their fans with the Moe and Joe thing, as in this video.
But even though that tune was their trademark, in their heyday the duo sold a lot of records with a variety of light-hearted comedy songs. Here’s one of my favorites: