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Johnson Family

One-man Show put on by Jimmy Scribner, who Plays All African American Characters in the Southern Town of Chickazola!

27 old time radio show recordings
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"Peewee Wants To Turn Plates Over"



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Comedy (1934-1950)

Radio NostalgiaThe Johnson Family is a one-man show put on by Jimmy Scribner, who plays all African American characters in the southern town of Chickazola. Jimmy does it all, from writing the script, to doing the sound effects, to the voices, to the music on the banjo. In the beginning of the show, he plays eight characters, but before the show ends in 1950, he plays 22 parts. According to Radio Life magazine in 1947, "Scribner guides his characters in and out of rapid conversations in almost unbelievable fashion. Scribner claimed that the arguments between characters are the hardest moments to master.

An eclectic group of characters include the Johnsons - Mama, Papa, Grandpa, and daughter Lucy. There are also Lucy's boyfriend, Peewee, and his friend, Stumpy the stutterer, Lawyer Philpotts and Deacon Crumpet. Most of the characters are based on people that Scribner met throughout his life. From the words and now outdated phrases of Scribner, Mama is based on the "lovable old Negro mammy who lived with us. Peewee is an exact copy of a little colored boy named Shine who lived with my aunt, and Peewee's expressions, such as 'great day in the mornin' are those Shine always used. Scribner offers a truly unique performance on this inimitable old time radio show!

For other similar series, see also Beulah, Black Crows, Amos and Andy, Pick and Pat, Southland Echoes, and Sam n' Henry. See also: article on the history of Minstrel Shows and Old Time Radio.

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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.



    27 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $5.00
    total playtime 4 hours, 45 min
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      27 shows - total playtime 4 hours 45 minutes
      1. Johnson Family 01 Professor Potash Deep Dark Secret.mp3
      2. Johnson Family 02 Saving Lawyer Professor Papa.mp3
      3. Johnson Family 03 City Honors Papa.mp3
      4. Johnson Family 04 Arrange For A Place To Stay.mp3
      5. Johnson Family 05 Two Weeks Later.mp3
      6. Johnson Family 06 Papa Seeks Lawyer.mp3
      7. Johnson Family 07 Two Government Men Look For Papa.mp3
      8. Johnson Family 08 Living Expenses.mp3
      9. Johnson Family 09 Papa Changes His Ways.mp3
      10. Johnson Family 10 Place It And Sell It.mp3
      11. Johnson Family 11 The First Sale.mp3
      12. Johnson Family 12 Counterfeit Plates.mp3
      13. Johnson Family 13 Peewee Wont Give U Pplates.mp3
      14. Johnson Family 14 Shaking In Their Boots.mp3
      15. Johnson Family 15 Peewee Wants To Turn Plates Over.mp3
      16. Johnson Family 16 Twenty Four Hours.mp3
      17. Johnson Family 17 Lawyer Has Killed Someone.mp3
      18. Johnson Family 18 Back To Jail.mp3
      19. Johnson Family 19 Someone Under Peewee Bed.mp3
      20. Johnson Family 20 Horrible Nightmare.mp3
      21. Johnson Family 21 Reunion With Mama.mp3
      22. Johnson Family 22 Little Purple Man.mp3
      23. Johnson Family 23 Peace For The World.mp3
      24. Johnson Family 24 What Horse To Bet On.mp3
      25. Johnson Family 490919 No Tv Sets.mp3
      26. Johnson Family 490922 Leaving For Hollywood.mp3
      27. Johnson Family Man To Die.mp3
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    27 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $5.00
    total playtime 4 hours, 45 min
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      27 shows - total playtime 4 hours 45 minutes
      1. Johnson Family 01 Professor Potash Deep Dark Secret.mp3
      2. Johnson Family 02 Saving Lawyer Professor Papa.mp3
      3. Johnson Family 03 City Honors Papa.mp3
      4. Johnson Family 04 Arrange For A Place To Stay.mp3
      5. Johnson Family 05 Two Weeks Later.mp3
      6. Johnson Family 06 Papa Seeks Lawyer.mp3
      7. Johnson Family 07 Two Government Men Look For Papa.mp3
      8. Johnson Family 08 Living Expenses.mp3
      9. Johnson Family 09 Papa Changes His Ways.mp3
      10. Johnson Family 10 Place It And Sell It.mp3
      11. Johnson Family 11 The First Sale.mp3
      12. Johnson Family 12 Counterfeit Plates.mp3
      13. Johnson Family 13 Peewee Wont Give U Pplates.mp3
      14. Johnson Family 14 Shaking In Their Boots.mp3
      15. Johnson Family 15 Peewee Wants To Turn Plates Over.mp3
      16. Johnson Family 16 Twenty Four Hours.mp3
      17. Johnson Family 17 Lawyer Has Killed Someone.mp3
      18. Johnson Family 18 Back To Jail.mp3
      19. Johnson Family 19 Someone Under Peewee Bed.mp3
      20. Johnson Family 20 Horrible Nightmare.mp3
      21. Johnson Family 21 Reunion With Mama.mp3
      22. Johnson Family 22 Little Purple Man.mp3
      23. Johnson Family 23 Peace For The World.mp3
      24. Johnson Family 24 What Horse To Bet On.mp3
      25. Johnson Family 490919 No Tv Sets.mp3
      26. Johnson Family 490922 Leaving For Hollywood.mp3
      27. Johnson Family Man To Die.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



    27 recordings on 5 Audio CDs
    total playtime 4 hours, 45 min

    Disc A001

    1. Johnson Family 01 Professor Potash Deep Dark Secret
    2. Johnson Family 02 Saving Lawyer Professor Papa
    3. Johnson Family 03 City Honors Papa
    4. Johnson Family 04 Arrange For A Place To Stay
    5. Johnson Family 05 Two Weeks Later
    6. Johnson Family 06 Papa Seeks Lawyer

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    Disc A002

    1. Johnson Family 07 Two Government Men Look For Papa
    2. Johnson Family 08 Living Expenses
    3. Johnson Family 09 Papa Changes His Ways
    4. Johnson Family 10 Place It And Sell It
    5. Johnson Family 11 The First Sale
    6. Johnson Family 12 Counterfeit Plates

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    Disc A003

    1. Johnson Family 13 Peewee Wont Give U Pplates
    2. Johnson Family 14 Shaking In Their Boots
    3. Johnson Family 15 Peewee Wants To Turn Plates Over
    4. Johnson Family 16 Twenty Four Hours
    5. Johnson Family 17 Lawyer Has Killed Someone
    6. Johnson Family 18 Back To Jail

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    Disc A004

    1. Johnson Family 19 Someone Under Peewee Bed
    2. Johnson Family 20 Horrible Nightmare
    3. Johnson Family 21 Reunion With Mama
    4. Johnson Family 22 Little Purple Man
    5. Johnson Family 23 Peace For The World
    6. Johnson Family 24 What Horse To Bet On

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    Disc A005

    1. Johnson Family Man To Die
    2. Johnson Family 490919 No Tv Sets
    3. Johnson Family 490922 Leaving For Hollywood

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