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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.

12 old time radio show recordings
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7 Audio CDs


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Play a sample episode from February 18, 1943:

"For Lifebuoy"



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About this Old Time Radio Show

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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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These classic recordings are available in the following formats:
  • MP3 CDs are delivered by mail. These archival quality MP3 CDs are playable in your computer and many MP3 player devices.



    12 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $5.00
    total playtime 6 hours, 28 min
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      12 shows - total playtime 6 hours 28 minutes
      1. Bob Burns 400418 KMH Dorothy Lamour and Music Maids.mp3
      2. Bob Burns 471125 Audition Show.mp3
      3. Bob Burns Show 430218 For Lifebuoy.mp3
      4. Bob Burns Show 430401 For Lifebuoy April Fool's Day.mp3
      5. Bob Burns Show 430408 for Lifebuoy Meat Shortage.mp3
      6. Bob Burns Show 430415 For Lifebuoy Spreading Rumors.mp3
      7. Bob Burns Show 430422 For Lifebuoy Easter Fashon.mp3
      8. Bob Burns Show 430429 For Lifebuoy El Toro.mp3
      9. Bob Burns Show 430502 For Lifebuoy.mp3
      10. Bob Burns Show 430506 For Lifebuoy Meat Rationing.mp3
      11. Bob Burns Show 430520 For Lifebuoy White Horse.mp3
      12. Lifebuoy Show 440525 w Bob Burns.mp3
  • MP3 downloads are available instantly after purchase!



    12 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $5.00
    total playtime 6 hours, 28 min
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    Click here to see disc contents


      12 shows - total playtime 6 hours 28 minutes
      1. Bob Burns 400418 KMH Dorothy Lamour and Music Maids.mp3
      2. Bob Burns 471125 Audition Show.mp3
      3. Bob Burns Show 430218 For Lifebuoy.mp3
      4. Bob Burns Show 430401 For Lifebuoy April Fool's Day.mp3
      5. Bob Burns Show 430408 for Lifebuoy Meat Shortage.mp3
      6. Bob Burns Show 430415 For Lifebuoy Spreading Rumors.mp3
      7. Bob Burns Show 430422 For Lifebuoy Easter Fashon.mp3
      8. Bob Burns Show 430429 For Lifebuoy El Toro.mp3
      9. Bob Burns Show 430502 For Lifebuoy.mp3
      10. Bob Burns Show 430506 For Lifebuoy Meat Rationing.mp3
      11. Bob Burns Show 430520 For Lifebuoy White Horse.mp3
      12. 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



    12 recordings on 7 Audio CDs
    total playtime 6 hours, 28 min

    Disc A001

    1. Bob Burns 400418 KMH Dorothy Lamour and Music Maids

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    Disc A002

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

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    Disc A003

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

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    Disc A004

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

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    Disc A005

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

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    Disc A006

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

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    Disc A007

    1. Bob Burns 471125 Audition Show

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