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Jackie Phelps

December 19, 1975 OH139 82 min.


Country guitarist and comedian. Born 1925. Toured with many major country performers including Bill Monroe and Roy Acuff. Most famous (with Jimmy Riddle) as the “Eephin’ and Hambonin’” team on the Hee Haw television show. The act consisted of making “eephin’” vocal sounds, thigh-slapping, and spoon playing.

Interview Summary

1975 December 19
(1 hour, 22 minutes)
Country musician and comedian Jackie Phelps recalls highlights from his career. Discussion includes his start in the music business; memories of the Bill Monroe baseball club; the influence of Roy Acuff on his career; his experiences as a sideman; his experiences working on the Grand Ole Opry; memories of his work with Bill Monroe; experiences entertaining U. S. troops; working with Grandpa Jones; working with Roy Acuff; comments on the role of the showman in country music; the enduring popularity of the Opry; his experiences as a traveling performer; experiences working on Hee Haw; working with Hawkshaw Hawkins; working with Porter Wagoner; and comments on the growth of country music.

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