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Judy Canova Old Time Radio Program

Judy Canova
30 minute comedy/musical show

Born Juliette Canova in Starke, Florida, Judy's show business career began with a family vaudeville routine. She joined her sister Annie and brother Zeke, and their performances as the Three Georgia Crackers took them from theaters in Florida to a club in Manhattan. Judy Canova sang, yodeled and played guitar. The standout in the family, she had once aspired to a serious musical career. Instead, she was typed as a wide-eyed likable country bumpkin, often barefooted, and wearing her hair in braids, sometimes topped with a straw hat, and her hayseed character developed as radio's female equivalent of comedian Bob Burns's smalltown sage. When bandleader Rudy Vallée offered her a guest spot on his radio show in 1931, The Fleischmann Hour, it opened the door to a career that spanned more than five decades.

The popularity of the Canova family led to numerous performances on radio in the 1930s, and they made their Broadway debut in the revue Calling All Stars. An offer from Warner Bros. led to several bit parts before she signed with Republic Pictures. During her career, she recorded for the RCA Victor label and appeared in more than two dozen Hollywood films, including Scatterbrain (1940), Joan of Ozark (1942) and Lay That Rifle Down (1955).

The Judy Canova Show began on CBS in 1943 and moved to NBC in 1945.
In 1943, she began her own radio program, The Judy Canova Show, that ran for 12 years—first on CBS and then on NBC. Playing herself as a love-starved Ozark bumpkin dividing her time between home and Southern California. Canova was accompanied by a cast that included voicemaster Mel Blanc as Pedro (using the accented voice he later gave the cartoons' Speedy Gonzales) and Sylvester (using the voice that later became associated with the Looney Tunes character), Ruth Perrott as Aunt Aggie, Ruby Dandridge as Geranium, Joseph Kearns as Benchley Botsford and Sharon Douglas as Brenda—with Gale Gordon, Sheldon Leonard and Hans Conried also making periodic appearances. The Sportsmen Quartet joined the show in 1943 and backed Judy on most of her songs, and the Charles Dant Orchestra provided the rest, usually supporting Canova's country warble. Western singer and actor Eddie Dean also appeared with Canova on numerous occasions during the 1930s.
During World War II, she closed her show with the song "Goodnight, Soldier" ("Wherever you may be... my heart's lonely... without you") and used her free time to sell U.S. War Bonds. After the war, she introduced a new closing theme that she once said she remembered her own mother singing to her when she was a small child:
Go to sleep-y, little baby,
Go to sleep-y, little baby,
When you wake
You'll patty-patty cake,
And ride a shiny little pony.
Canova recorded the song in 1946.
While a hit with her own show, Canova made frequent appearances on other popular radio programs of the day, including and especially those hosted by Abbott and Costello and Fred Allen.
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Judy Canova episode list
54 episodes

430824 A Date With Mickey Rooney.mp3
431019 Back From Army Camp.mp3
450915 Picnic.mp3
451103 Judy And The Saxophone.mp3
451110 Gurgle Soda Pop Contest.mp3
451201 Train Trip East.mp3
451222 Exclusive Brentwood Society Christmas P.mp3
460413 Trading In The Old Car.mp3
460608 Judy Prepares For A Quiz Show.mp3
460615 Two Gun Gertie, A Play.mp3
460831 Back From Cactus Jct.mp3
461012 Crescent City Gold Rush.mp3
461019 Judy At The Radio.mp3
461214 Queen Of The Rose Bowl.mp3
461221 Quiet Christmas Party.mp3
461228 Western Sketch Amateur Show.mp3
470201 Going To Mrs Fruitwhistle's Fancy Party.mp3
470222 Judy Goes On Wishing Well Quiz Show.mp3
470412 Romance Advice From Radio CallIn Show.mp3
470419 Judy Buys A New Dress To Impress Benchl.mp3
470426 Going To An Opera.mp3
470920 Magazine Wants To Write The Life Of Jud.mp3
471004 Preparing For A Movie Screen Test.mp3
471018 Looking For A Movie Star For Judy's Sho.mp3
471129 Movie Magazine Does Article On Judy.mp3
480117 Eddie Cantor For President.mp3
480228 judy wants more publicity.mp3
480501 Judy Wants To Be A Dramatic Actress.mp3
480529 Judy Reads Scripts.mp3
480619 Judy Auditions Acts For Her Road Show.mp3
480626 Judy Prepares To Go On Summer Tour.mp3
480822 Judy Canova Show.mp3
481204 Lord Chumley Has Dinner With Judy.mp3
520105 Judy Sees Two Boyfriends.mp3
JCS 430706 (001) First Show.mp3
JCS 430727 (004) Rome wasn't Built in a Day.mp3
JCS 440321 (036) Trip to the Hollywood Canteen.mp3
JCS 450630 (026) Going Home for the Summer.mp3
JCS 450915 (029) An Exclusive Place in Brentwood.mp3
JCS 461109 (081) Dreams About Marriage.mp3
JCS 471213 (131) Queen of the Brentwood Rodeo.mp3
JCS 471227 (133) Judy's Diary, Radio Program Prospect.mp3
JCS 480103 (134) Great Hopes for the Leap Year.mp3
JCS 480110 (135) Judy Dejected over Humphrey Cooper.mp3
JCS 480124 (137) Judy Hasn't Made Progress Romantically.mp3
JCS 480207 (139) Judy Going to Palm Springs.mp3
JCS 480320 (145) New Publicity Manager - Masquerade.mp3
JCS 480327 (146) Publicity Man Tries to Create New.mp3
JCS 480403 (147) Famous Pr Man Handling Judy's Career.mp3
JCS 480410 (148) Judy Gets a Ticket on Sunset Blvd.mp3
JCS 480424 (150) Judy Sees Mrs Pierce About Publicity.mp3
JCS 520105 (xxx) Judy Sees Two Boyfriends.mp3
JCS xxxxxx [xxx] Train Trip East.mp3

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