Comedy (1926 - 27)
Sam and Henry was the precursor and beginning
of the ever famous Amos
and Andy. The Chicago Tribune started these
characters, Gosden and Correll, by asking them to
pattern a show after one of its popular comic strips.
Gosden and Correll turned to their roots, both knowing
what passed in those days for minstrel dialect.
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They worked up a scenario that, within a week, was
on the air as Sam 'n' Henry, the characters
Sam Smith and Henry Johnson. The story mirrored the
experiences of the Great Migration of countless southern
blacks at that time, as it followed two characters
from Birmingham who moved north to Chicago to seek
For other similar series, see also Beulah,
Black Crows, Pick and Pat, Southland Echoes, and Amos
(Please note that many of the rare recordings in this collection may be of inferior sound quality.)