Even if You Weren’t a Country Music Fan, You May Remember the Beauties of Hee Haw!
Owens And Clark And The Cast of 'Hee-Haw'American country music singers Buck Owens (with guitar) and Roy Clark (with Banjo) perform a song in front of other cast members on the set of the television variety program 'Hee-Haw,' 1969. (Photo by CBS Photo Arc
Hee Haw was a variety show featuring country music and cornpone-humor set in the fictional, rural, "Kornfield Kounty." Although it only aired (on CBS) from 1969 to 1971, it remained popular in syndication until 1997. Despite the fact that the premise of the show was inspired by Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In, it was much less mainstream period-topical, and more centered on the life of the farmer and the rural culture.
Country music being a main theme on the show, often popular current country music stars were featured, usually singing their latest hit. Fixtures and hosts of Hee Haw, Roy Clark and Buck Owens appeared on the show weekly
The one-time popular variety show Hee Haw featured countless country music greats and stars including, Roy Clark, Buck Owens, Johnny Cash, Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton and Mel Tillis. The list literally goes on and on! Minnie Pearl also made her share of appearances with her famous hats with the dangling price tags, but she could not compare to the allure of the “Hee Haw Honeys!”
James Bond movies have Bond Girls, Hammer Horror films were famous for actresses with that "Hammer Glamour" look -- and Hee Haw had the Hee Haw Honeys. They were a bunch of voluptuous, curvy women in classic, sexy farmer's daughter outfits including minidresses, tight midriff tops and the short jean shorts today known as Daisy Dukes! Although they are well remembered for their looks, they did have names -- fan favorites over the years included Lisa Todd, Linda Thompson, Marianne Gordon and Playboy models Barbi Benton and Anne Randall. Expected to possess cover-girl looks and comedic timing, these ladies more than carried their weight on the show.
Hee Haw’s appeal, however, was not just limited to the farmer demographic. Let’s not discount the genuine talent that was showcased, but it is too blatant to ignore that the show’s success was also largely thanks to those sexy farm girls. I bet more than a few city fellas would have gladly traded places with one of those goofy hillbillies for the chance to be in a cornfield with one of those girls! The show was popular across the country; from New York City to California; even attracting the socially, elite acting community. Hee Haw’s popularity crossed all demographic lines. It was being viewed by both younger and older audiences as well as all ethnicities and religions. No matter what the demographic, beauty sells!
Keeping with the Laugh-In format, cast members of Hee Haw would act out small sketches and random joke telling. Hee Haw’s version of the Laugh-In joke wall was the cornfield/haystack joke telling. Some of the recurring sketches you could count on were:
• Hey, Grandpa! What’s for Supper?
• The Culhanes
• Stringbean's Letter From Home
• KORN News
• LuLu’s Truck Stop
• Junior Samples Used Cars
• Pickin' and Grinnin’
Some of the wacky songs America came to know and love on Hee Haw were:
PFFT! You Was Gone!
Where, oh where, are you tonight?
Why did you leave me here all alone?
I searched the world over, and I thought I'd found true love,
You met another, and PFFT! You was gone!
Gloom, Despair, and Agony On Me
Gloom, despair, and agony on me-e!
Deep dark depression, excessive misery-y!
If it weren't for bad luck I'd have no luck at all!
Gloom, despair, and agony on me-e-e!
Hee Haw was primarily billed as a family-type show but it really had a lot of sexual undertones… another reason it probably did so well!
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