Eddie Peabody Will Now Play For You

Remember those ‘bloopers’ records that were popular back in the 1950s? A guy named Kermit Schafer had a lot of success by compiling entire albums of bloopers — mostly from radio in the early days, but later from TV too. The slightly naughty nature of some of the excerpts probably helped make them more popular, but in any case Shafer made quite a career out of them. He is even given credit by some for inventing the word ‘blooper’ (or at least popularizing it). However, he did have his detractors — for one thing, it was said that he sometimes used actors to ‘recreate’ some of the bloopers.

Strangely enough, I still recall many of those bloopers, even after all these years. For example, if I’m watching a Western movie and the sheriff if forming a posse, I invariably remember the radio actor who shouted, ‘Look out, boys. It’s the sheriff and his possum!’

And the holiday season makes me think of the announcer who was promoting an upcoming Christmas show by stating, ‘Those ladies who attend will each receive a free goose.’ And then he thinks about it and makes it worse by adding, ‘. . . er, that is, all ladies will receive a goose. . . for free.’

And finally, I remember hearing what happened when famous plectrum banjoist Eddie Peabody was being introduced. Although his style of play might sound old-fashioned to fans of modern bluegrass-style banjo music, the guy known as the Banjo King was a huge star for decades — a Vaudeville headliner and a world-famous entertainer with countless command performances before kings, queens, and presidents. But at one particular appearance, the announcer proudly told the audience, ‘And now, ladies and gentlemen, Eddie Playbody will pee for you!’

Eddie Peabody – (clips)

3 thoughts on “Eddie Peabody Will Now Play For You

  1. Well, you’ve done it again! Reminded me of something I haven’t thought of in years. As soon as I read your post I remembered that I use to have one of those records you referenced.

    I couldn’t wait so off I went to the closet floor digging through those old albums and sure enough, there it was. It’s the only long-play record I have that doesn’t have it original cover unfortunately.

    The record was on the ‘Jubilee’ label and was titled “Pardon My Sports Bloopers” and was produced by Kermit Schafer. Apparently it was one of a series he produced in the time frame you mentioned, late fifties to early sixties.

    Seems he was also accused of fabricating some of his bloopers also – a bit of a scoundrel perhaps. I was surprised Wikipedia had anything about him and his records but here is the link if you care to check it out….


    I perhaps need to convert this old record over to an mp3 file when I have time. It doesn’t look to be in too bad a shape.

    Anyway, thanks for another great post…. 🙂


NOTE: Comments are welcome!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s