Since We Put A Radio Out In The Henhouse – Hoosier Hot Shots

In this series of articles, we plan to scour the vaults of The Great 78 Project, offering a review on single records available to discover in the collection. Many of these recordings are available digitally to purchase, with a few unavailable at this time.

Hoosier Hot Shots were a quartet of musicians, who entertained on stage, screen, radio and recordings from the mid-1930s into the 1970s. Mainly remembered for their novelty records, this group were incredibly popular. One of their many novelty recordings, Since We Put A Radio Out In The Henhouse was released in 1941.

If you are not familiar with the music of the Hoosier Hot Shots, this may be a good starting point. It’s a jaunty novelty number, with daft lyrics and a catchy melody line. The performance sounds spontaneous but not sloppy. The fun never stops in this track, as the listener is treated to a variety of sound effects throughout; illustrating parts of the story. Intended as something of an entertaining dance number, it is well worth spinning if you fancy a lift.

The recording on the other side of this disc is similarly upbeat When The Lightnin’ Struck The Coon Creek Party Line.

The Great 78 Project is a community initiative developed by the Internet Archive. Its aim is to digitise 250,000 78rpm singles; recorded and pressed between the years of 1880 and 1960. The purpose of the project is to preserve these historic recordings for future research and discovery. For more details on The Great 78 Project, please check out the official website.

The track is provided for review purposes.

Jamie Dyer

Jamie Dyer is an experienced writer, broadcaster, musician and social media marketer. He enjoys Old Time Radio, vintage TV, collecting vinyl and supporting the New York Knicks.

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