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The Bob Burns Radio Show

This comedy show debuted in September 1941 as The Arkansas Traveler. Featuring the music of Spike Jones, the show featured Bob Burns playing his "Bazooka," a homemade instrument that he made from a whiskey funnel and two gas pipes.

Bob Burns Show

16 old time radio show recordings
(total playtime 8 hours, 7 min)
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9 Audio CDs


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"For Lifebuoy"



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Bob Burns
(1890 – 1956)

Bob Burns Bazooka: Bob Burns'
Comedy Show (1941 - 47 )

Bob BurnsThe Bob Burns Show was a comedy show that debuted in September 1941 as The Arkansas Traveler. It often featured the music of Spike Jones. Burns became well known for playing his "Bazooka," a homemade instrument that he made from a whiskey funnel and two gas pipes. He invented the word "bazooka" and copyrighted it in 1920.During WWII, the soldiers began calling their rocket launchers "bazookas" thanks to their likeness to Bob Burns' instrument. The Bob Burns Show was sponsored by Campbell's Soup, Dreft, American Foods, Lever Brothers, and Lifebuoy Soap.

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Bob Burns was born in Van Buren, Arkansas. He grew up with a love of music, tooting around on his cornet and trombone.By thirteen, he had his own stringed band. He discovered his trademark "Bazooka" instrument one evening while practicing in the back of the local Hayman's Plumbing Shop.Bob BurnsLegend has it that, much to the amusement of his fellow prepubescent band members, he tripped over some gas pipe in the middle of rehearsal.

Falling to the floor, he didn't miss a beatBob Burns playing Bazooka as his trombone skittered across the linoleum, he put the gas pipe to his mouth and blew it to emit a noise much like an ailing moose. A small-time peanut farmer, WWI Marine Sergeant, and salesman, Bob Burns finally found his home in the radio and movie industry after a stint as a hillbilly and blackface in vaudeville. Burns played on the Rudy Vallee Show, giving long-winded political speeches much like Will Rogers. When Will Rogers died, however, he became so well known Burns had to change his act. Burns was later introduced by Bing Crosby on his Kraft Music Hall Show, which led to the creation of his own radio program. His favorite characters were his fake hillbilly relatives, Uncle Fud, Grandpa Snazzy and Aunt Doody.

For Bob Burns recordings from the 1930's, see also: Komedie Kapers.

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  • MP3 CDs are delivered by mail. These archival quality MP3 CDs are playable in your computer and many MP3 player devices.



    16 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $5.00. Total playtime 8 hours, 7 min
    16 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $5.00
    total playtime 8 hours, 7 min
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    1. 16 shows - total playtime 8 hours 7 minutes
    2. Bob Burns 400418 KMH Dorothy Lamour and Music Maids.mp3
    3. Bob Burns 410805 Aud Preview.mp3
    4. Bob Burns 421223 Christmas Program.mp3
    5. Bob Burns 430218 Lifebuoy.mp3
    6. Bob Burns 430401 Lifebuoy April Fool's Day.mp3
    7. Bob Burns 430408 for Lifebuoy Meat Shortage.mp3
    8. Bob Burns 430415 Lifebuoy Spreading Rumors.mp3
    9. Bob Burns 430422 Lifebuoy Easter Fashon.mp3
    10. Bob Burns 430429 Lifebuoy El Toro.mp3
    11. Bob Burns 430502 Lifebuoy.mp3
    12. Bob Burns 430506 Lifebuoy Meat Rationing.mp3
    13. Bob Burns 430520 Lifebuoy White Horse.mp3
    14. Bob Burns 461006 Winston Has Been Kidnapped.mp3
    15. Bob Burns 471125 Audition Show.mp3
    16. Hollywood Spotlight 350000 Between Devil And Deep Blue Sea.mp3
    17. Lifebuoy Show 440525 w Bob Burns.mp3
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    16 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $5.00. Total playtime 8 hours, 7 min
    16 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $5.00
    total playtime 8 hours, 7 min
    Add MP3 CD Collection to Cart

    1. 16 shows - total playtime 8 hours 7 minutes
    2. Bob Burns 400418 KMH Dorothy Lamour and Music Maids.mp3
    3. Bob Burns 410805 Aud Preview.mp3
    4. Bob Burns 421223 Christmas Program.mp3
    5. Bob Burns 430218 Lifebuoy.mp3
    6. Bob Burns 430401 Lifebuoy April Fool's Day.mp3
    7. Bob Burns 430408 for Lifebuoy Meat Shortage.mp3
    8. Bob Burns 430415 Lifebuoy Spreading Rumors.mp3
    9. Bob Burns 430422 Lifebuoy Easter Fashon.mp3
    10. Bob Burns 430429 Lifebuoy El Toro.mp3
    11. Bob Burns 430502 Lifebuoy.mp3
    12. Bob Burns 430506 Lifebuoy Meat Rationing.mp3
    13. Bob Burns 430520 Lifebuoy White Horse.mp3
    14. Bob Burns 461006 Winston Has Been Kidnapped.mp3
    15. Bob Burns 471125 Audition Show.mp3
    16. Hollywood Spotlight 350000 Between Devil And Deep Blue Sea.mp3
    17. Lifebuoy Show 440525 w Bob Burns.mp3
  • Standard Audio CDs are delivered by mail on archival quality media with up to 60 minutes on each CD and play in all CD players



    16 recordings on 9 Audio CDs. Total playtime 8 hours, 7 min
    16 recordings on 9 Audio CDs
    total playtime 8 hours, 7 min

    Bob Burns Show Disc A001

    1. Hollywood Spotlight 350000 Between Devil And Deep Blue Sea

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    Bob Burns Show Disc A002

    1. Bob Burns 400418 KMH Dorothy Lamour and Music Maids

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    Bob Burns Show Disc A003

    1. Bob Burns 410805 Aud Preview
    2. Bob Burns 421223 Christmas Program

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    Bob Burns Show Disc A004

    1. Bob Burns 430218 Lifebuoy
    2. Bob Burns 430401 Lifebuoy April Fool's Day

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    Bob Burns Show Disc A005

    1. Bob Burns 430408 for Lifebuoy Meat Shortage
    2. Bob Burns 430415 Lifebuoy Spreading Rumors

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    Bob Burns Show Disc A006

    1. Bob Burns 430422 Lifebuoy Easter Fashon
    2. Bob Burns 430429 Lifebuoy El Toro

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    Bob Burns Show Disc A007

    1. Bob Burns 430502 Lifebuoy
    2. Bob Burns 430506 Lifebuoy Meat Rationing

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    Bob Burns Show Disc A008

    1. Bob Burns 430520 Lifebuoy White Horse
    2. Lifebuoy Show 440525 w Bob Burns

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    Bob Burns Show Disc A009

    1. Bob Burns 461006 Winston Has Been Kidnapped
    2. Bob Burns 471125 Audition Show

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