Riddle and Phelps

I love these guys! I can't explain my fascination, whether I find them sincerely talented, ridiculous, or inspired and ballsy. In the end it doesn't matter. I could watch them all day. I selected one snippet that I feel best exemplifies the variety of their typical Hee Haw performance in one solitary clip, but I'd need to offer the whole library of their efforts to give you the full impact.

The following bit is taken from the Hee Haw home page:

Jimmie Riddle and Jackie Phelps

There might be other performers out there who practice this art, but it's hard to conceive of anyone doing it any better or with more mischief.  One can only imagine how they cultivated their "Effen" and "Hambone" routine.  Perhaps Jimmie was ahead of his time with his "effen" one could call him a virtual harmonica virtuoso.  Perhaps Jackie was trying to pass the time on the road while the instruments were packed away.  We were lucky to have been witnesses to their talent and creativity.

I was sorry to learn that these gentlemen passed away in 1982 and 1990 respectively. The world is a better place for having them pass through. Thank you, Gents!


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