THE HUDSON BROTHERS
THE HUDSON BROTHERS SHOWS
by Billy Ingram
The Hudson Brothers had been jamming together since 1964 as a musical trio before being discovered by Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour producer Chris Bearde who was looking for someone to host the Bono's summer replacement show in 1974.
Featured on the summer show were Gary Owens, Ronnie Graham, Stephanie Edwards and Australian 'Rod Hull and his Amazing Emu', actually a hand puppet that would attack poor Rod and throw him to the floor at the slightest provocation. (Hull was killed in 1999 when he fell from his roof trying to fix a TV antennae.)
The highlight of the program was a visit with Chuckie Margolis, an incorrigible brat who lived in his parent's basement played by Mark Hudson.
The show led to a minor hit single 'So You Are A Star' that was pleasingly Beatles-esque.
The Hudson Brothers Show was very successful leading to the Hudson Brothers Razzle Dazzle Show, a CBS Saturday morning half-hour variety program that debuted in the fall of 1974, lasting one season with reruns on Sunday mornings in 1976.
On the Saturday morning show every episode featured the same running skits (it often seemed like the same exact script from week to week) - a monsters sketch, a desert island sketch, the 'Razzle-Dazzle Wrap-up', the bear (a holdover from 'The Andy Williams Show', 1969-1971), Knights of the Round Table sketch ("Do it for me- Lady Patricia!"), and a visit with Chuckie Margolis.
Every episode ends with the boys talking to Fabulous Freddy, the world's youngest 'network executive in charge of kid's programming'.
Most of the skit players from The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour were also regulars on the Saturday morning Hudson Brothers program including Ted Zeigler, Peter Cullen, Freeman King, and Billy Van. Also seen - Avril Chown, Stephanie Edwards and Ron Hull & his Emu puppet.
Reruns of The Hudson Brothers Razzle Dazzle Show were seen on Sunday mornings in 75-76.
The Hudson Brothers also starred in 'Bonkers', a 1978-79 syndicated comedy/variety half-hour.
VIDEO: HUDSON BROTHERS SHOW
I really enjoyed The Hudson Brothers Show, a short-lived summer series from 1974 replacing The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour produced by Blye & Bearde.
After the summer run the brothers were given a season on Saturday mornings in a half-hour format. On both series one of the regular features was a visit with Chuckie Margolis, here's one of those sketches, from the Saturday Razzle Dazzle series.
Someone has taken one of the Hudson Brothers' songs and married some images from that period into a video.
The Hudson Brothers summer replacement show in 1974, here's a skit from that series with guest Andy Griffith.
The opening to one of the summer Hudson Brothers Show episodes.
Hudson Brothers Show
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