That number is BR-549…

I swear, it happened by accident.  One night while I was at an event, I could have sworn I heard someone humming a melody from my memory.  And instantly, I remembered the words.

“Where, oh where, are you tonight?”

The other person stopped humming.  He looked at me.  And he said the next lyric.

“Why did you leave me here all alone?”

The code was answered, like an ancient handshake from a secret society.

Instantly we both recalled the last two lyrics of the melody.

“I searched the world over and I thought I found true love… you met another and PFFT you were gone…”

Yep.  And now that song is stuck in your head, isn’t it?


It will be once you click this YouTube clip.

That’s right.  It’s the little sketch from the country comedy series Hee Haw, a version of Laugh-In for the rural set.  I remember watching Hee Haw for what may have been decades.  I grew to appreciate the country music performers, the comedians, the down-home goodness and the quirky characters that populated the show.

Uh-oh… now I’ve started things. I wonder if I can find a clip from the barbershop. Especially when Archie Campbell is the barber.  Archie Campbell was an expert storyteller, and he would use malaprops and spoonerisms to get a laugh out of almost everybody.

And while we’re at it, let’s see what classic car Junior Samples has on his used car lot.  Junior Samples was probably the most stone-faced hilarious guy on the whole show.  It was almost as if he didn’t rehears his lines.  Or that he cared to rehearse.  But it didn’t matter, he was just plain drop-dead funny.

Hmm… I’m feeling kinda hungry. Hey Grandpa, what’s for supper??  Grandpa Jones was in almost every other sketch for Hee Haw, and he looked like a grandfather even when he was in his late 40’s.

Time for a news break… and long before he was a character on the Red Green Show, Don Harron brought his commentator character of Charlie Farquharson to Hee Haw via radio station KORN.  Of course, I never realized back then – but only learned recently – that Harron’s character was based on the announcers and down-home humor of Harron’s childhood in that southern town of Parry Sound, Ontario.

Now even with all this corny humor, Hee Haw still had some amazing musicians and performers. You already started the show with country music stars Buck Owens and Roy Clark; now add on the bluegrass stylings of Grandpa Jones and Stringbean, along with Roni Stoneman and Bobby Thompson, and you’ve got some good-old-fashioned banjo dueling, the likes of which you haven’t heard since the time when Burt Reynolds and Ned Beatty were paddling down a river.

And there was always a moment or two for some good-old-home gospel music, as performed in this clip by Roy Clark, Grandpa Jones, David “Stringbean” Akeman and tonight’s guest performer Tennessee Ernie Ford.

Okay, now for some more comedy. Hee Haw had its share of curvy, buxom beauties – Misty Rowe and Guinella Hutton come to mind right off the bat – and some of those lovely ladies received their own sketch routines. Such as this one, for the Gossip Girls. Sing along with me. “We’re not ones to go ’round spreadin’ rumors…”

Time for a little banjo-and-guitar action, as Buck Owens is a ‘pickin… and Roy Clark is a ‘grinnin…

And if you thought that the Fat Boys were the originators of the Human Beat Box… you must have missed the Eefin and Hambone brothers.

There must be something I’m forgetting about this show… oh yeah, forgot each week’s performance by the Hager Brothers!!

I want another musical number. If you think that country music begins and ends with Taylor Swift… watch this clip and appreciate the greatness that was George Jones and Tammy Wynette.

Yeah, I remember watching Hee Haw.  And every so often, if I remember that it airs on the RFD cable channel, and I see it as I’m surfing through my assortment of cable channels, I’ll still watch it.  And I’ll still enjoy the comedy and appreciate the music.

And I’ll still feel young again.  And that’s just fine by me.