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Smiley Burnette Show - Pgm 177

June 13th, 2010

A big tip of the hat to Michael Utz, who recently donated some wonderful discs to my collection.

transcription label

Here's one of the highlights - a previously uncirculated episode of the syndicated RadiOzark series, "The Smiley Burnette Show".  Program 177 includes really nice Western swing versions of "Caravan" and "Sleepy Time Gal" in the show.  And the sound on this near mint condition disc is marvelous - it's one of the best recorded shows I've run into.

By the way - did you know that Smiley, in addition to being a sidekick for Gene Autry in films and a familiar face on television's "Petticoat Junction" was also a talented musician that wrote over 400 songs?

The show was transferred from a RadiOzark vinyl transcription; it's banded into three parts for inserting announcements by your local announcer.  "WLOG - 10/31/51" noted in pen on label.


  • DavidinBerkeley

    That’s one heck of a zippy label!

    Jun 14, 2010 at 5:33 pm
  • Tom

    It’s amazing how good the music OTR shows are.

    Sep 5, 2010 at 12:42 am
  • Robert Lozier

    Rand’s OTR is new to me today… Fantastic! The hot western swing & country is just the thing for this snowy evening in the workshop.

    But there is plenty of other music variety I’ll go after here… I even made a contribution today - money well spent…


    Dec 26, 2010 at 7:12 pm
  • Mike Newton

    “It’s MY Lazy Day” became Smiley’s theme song on radio. It was one of several songs that he wrote which Gene Autry used in his movies. This particular one is one that Gene sings in the first scene of “Riders of the Whistling Pines,” (Columbia, 1949). Burnette”s most famous song, “Riding Down the Canyon” was written in about 5 minutes which Burnette sold to Autry for $10. It would appear in Autry’s first feature film, “Tumbling Tumbleweeds.”

    May 21, 2011 at 7:04 pm
  • David in Atlanta

    I’m a huge fan of Roy Lanham and the Whippoorwills and hadn’t heard some of these performances. Thanks!

    May 31, 2012 at 7:22 pm