Posted ByTom Wagner on October 08, 2002 at 13:19:45:
In Reply to: Re: Question On "The Jello Singers" posted byLaura Leff on October 06, 2002 at 23:55:19:
The Sportsmen made several appearances on the Benny show BEFORE they became regulars. Just a few:
March 1940- The Chorus in the Pinocchio pardoy done by Jack.
January 1942- Harrington, Harrington, Harrington, and Droop in the Frightwig Murder case. They are also featured on the special show when Jack did not go on due to the death of Carole Lombard. They were part of the chorus and sang as a quartet, "Little Brown Jug".
1944- Yhtapmys jingles and on one 1944 show sang "Way Down Yonder in New Orleans" (this was while the show was looking for a singer to replace Dennis).
January 1946- They backed up Larry Stevens on "That's for Me". Jack bills them as "The Farmhands".
According to the Late Bill Days (first tenor), the first Benny appearance they made was 1940 and he never mentioned the Jello signature.
Hope this helps,
: : Are you sure that those are the Sportsmen singing the "Jell-O" signature?
: Jack left Jell-O in June of 1942, and the Sportsmen's first appearance on the show was after that.