Thursday, November 20, 2014
November 20: Happy Birthday, Judy Canova
The Beach Boys rarely surfed; Creedence Clearwater Revival, for all their Bayou songs, weren't from that region; and Judy Canova, sometimes called The Ozark Nightingale, did not hail from the Ozarks. She wasn't even from Georgia, which means that the act Three Georgia Crackers, which she had with her brother Zeke and sister Annie was another marketing ploy.
Judy played the role of the country innocent to the hilt, and found success at a young age. Before long, the hoky act--with Judy yodeling, singing, and picking a gee-tar--had ironically made Broadway.
She then became a big radio star. She started on Rudy Vallee's The Fleischmann Hour and then landed her own show, appropriately called The Judy Canova Show. This included music and skits and stories about pigs. Some advertisements featured a pencil sketch of Judy in a straw hat and pigtails, looking not unlike the mascot for the Little Debbies snacks that would fatten a nation a little later.
Today marks the birth of an interesting comedienne and performer.