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Uncle Buster Irish

September 16, 1971 OH328 47 min.


Country performer. Born July 12, 1905. Harmonica player, comedian, and humorist. Real name: Raymond Henry Irish. Career most active 1940s and 1950s.

Interview Summary

1971 September 16
(47 minutes)
Uncle Buster Irish discusses his career as a country comedian. Discussion includes his background; his clown act; his childhood idol, Will Rogers; his mother’s harmonica playing; his first record; desire to bring laughter to those less fortunate; his character, Uncle Buster; how he worked as a single act; writing his comedy songs; admiration for Gene Autry and Bob Burns; his impression of country music and the music industry; and high points in his career.

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