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Homer and Jethro
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Musicians
    (1936-1972)
    Born in Knoxville, Tennessee
    Henry D. ‘Homer’ Haynes (July 27, 1920-August 7, 1971), guitar and vocals
    Kenneth C. ‘Jethro’ Burns (March 10, 1920-Feb. 4, 1989), mandolin and vocals
    Recorded the singles ‘I Feel That Old Age Creeping On’ (1949), ‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside’ (with June Carter, 1949), ‘How Much Is That Hound Dog in the Window?’ (1953), ‘Hernando’s Hideaway’ (1954) and ‘The Battle of Kookamonga’ (1959)
    Recorded the albums ‘Barefoot Ballads,’ ‘Songs My Mother Never Sang,’ ‘Fractured Folksongs,’ ‘Cool Crazy Christmas,’ ‘Oooh, That’s Corny,’ ‘Songs for the Out Crowd’ and ‘Playing It Straight’
    Inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame (2001)
    They originally called themselves Junior and Dude, but a radio director at WNOX in Knoxville forgot their names and rechristened them Homer and Jethro.
    They were called ‘the thinking man’s hillbillies.’
    They appeared in a series of commercials for Kellogg’s Corn Flakes with the tagline, ‘Ooh! That’s corny!’
    After Haynes died, Burns tried to keep the act going with a new ‘Homer,’ guitarist Ken Eidson, but gave it up within a year.
    They both served in the Army during World War II – Burns in Europe, Haynes in the Pacific in the medical corps.
    They won a Grammy for Best Comedy Recording (Musical) for ‘The Battle of Kookamonga,’ their parody of Johnny Horton’s ‘The Battle of New Orleans.’
    They were actually virtuoso musicians, influenced by the playing of Django Reinhardt, as demonstrated on their ‘Playing It Straight’ album.
    Haynes owned Fender Stratocaster serial number 0001.

Credit: C. Fishel


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