The Ballad of Jed Clampett (Excerpt) Come and listen to a story about a man named Jed
A poor mountaineer, barely kept his family fed
Then one day he was shootin’ at some food
And up through the ground came a bubblin’ crude …
They Loaded Up the Truck and Moved to Beverly … Hills That Is
Donna Douglas, Irene Ryan, Buddy Ebsen, Max Baer Jr.
In 1961 Buddy Ebsen was ready to retire from show business when he was offered the patriarch role in a pilot about hillbillies who strike it rich and relocate to southern California.
The Jed Clampett role was originally conceived as a hick. Buddy Ebsen would only agree to do the show if Jed was made to appear smarter. Enter Max Baer Jr. as Jethro Bodine, master of the show’s less than brainy lines.
Veteran character actress Bea Benaderet was initially considered for the role of Granny, but producer Paul Henning deemed her too busty to portray the rugged mountaineer character he had in mind. She suggested her friend Irene Ryan. It’s hard to imagine anyone but Irene Ryan as Granny. Indeed, her screen test clinched the deal and is included as an extra on one of the show’s DVD sets.
Wholesome Donna Douglas, well known for her appearance in the classic Twilight Zone episode, “Eye of the Beholder,” rounded out the family as animal lover Elly May.
Swimming Pools … Movie Stars
Starring Nancy Kulp as Miss Jane Hathaway and Raymond Bailey as Bank President Milburn Drysdale
The Beverly Hillbillies starred Buddy Ebsen as Jed Clampett, Irene Ryan as Daisy May “Granny” Moses, Donna Douglas as Elly May Clampett, and Max Baer, Jr. as Jethro Bodine. Viewers embraced the hillbilly family who moved to upscale Beverly Hills, California after finding oil on their mountain land.
The popular sitcom was on the air for nine seasons and ranked among the top 12 most watched TV series for seven of those years. The Beverly Hillbillies was the #1 series of the year for two seasons, and several episodes are among the most-watched television episodes of all time.
The Beverly Hillbillies aired on CBS from September 26, 1962 through September 7, 1971. A total of 274 episodes were produced by Filmways. There were 106 episodes broadcast in black-and-white (1962-1965) and another 168 in glorious color (1965-1971).
Starring Irene Ryan as Granny
Without Her Signature Granny Makeup the Actress Looked Quite Pretty and Was Seldom Recognized in Public
Irene Ryan as Granny Moses How do you like yer possum … fallin’ off the bones tender, or with a little fight left in it?
Granny’s Beverly Hillbillies Cookbook
by Jim Clark and Ken Beck
Here’s a great gift idea for Clampett fans. Which of Granny’s specialties will they be tempted to try? Choose from Corncob Jelly, Silver Spoon Bread, Granny’s Nerve Tonic, Jest Plain Ol’ Apple Pie, Robert E. Lee Tomato Pie, Big Hollywood Agent Cheese Soup, Pot Passer Possum and Sweet Taters. As Jed would say, We-l-l-l-l Doggies!
Looking for Banjo Gifts for a Banjo lover or a Banjo player? These are just a few of the ones available. Click on picture to see many more. Banjo players love stuff with Banjos on it. We’ve got music, T-shirts, water bottles, colorful buttons, trucker hats, wall clocks, coffee mugs, greeting cards, refrigerator magnets, cooking aprons, cotton canvas tote bags, and more unique banjo gifts.
Banjo players will love Steve Martin’s unique blend of comedy and bluegrass. Casual listeners give his music rave reviews too. The Crow: New Songs for the 5-String Banjo is his first solo music album, for which he won the Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album in 2009. Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers Featuring Edie Brickell Live is a live concert CD/DVD package featuring an extraordinary performance in Riverside, California (recorded for PBS Great Performances).
“Dueling Banjos” is an instrumental composition by Arthur “Guitar Boogie” Smith. The song appeared on an episode of “The Andy Griffith Show” in 1963. It was used without permission in the 1972 film Deliverance, and became a hit. The composer sued, eventually receiving songwriting credit and royalties.
We’ve created more than 2,000 products for string musicians and fans. Some of our best banjo gifts are shared on this page, along with our top picks from other designers. Click on the banner to view the complete String Kings Music Banjo collection.
These colorful Bluegrass shirts make great banjo gifts. They’re available in loads of styles and colors, in sizes for everyone from babies to seniors. Click on any design to see all of the options available for banjo players and Bluegrass fans.
Professionally printed business cards are available in sets of 100 on your choice of eight types of premium card stock. Printed information is easily personalized for any band or performer. Classic business cards measure 2 by 3.5 inches, but skinny and chubby profile cards are available for some styles. Click on any design to see more options.
Greeting cards, note cards, and postcards are among our favorite banjo gifts. They’re inexpensive and they come in handy for keeping in touch with friends and family. Click on any design to see the size options available. Greeting cards and note cards include a white envelope.
Refrigerator magnets are one of our favorite inexpensive gift ideas for banjo players. They always come in handy. Standard size square magnets measure 2 by 2 inches, and round magnets are usually available in three sizes. Designs are printed on 100% recycled paper. Scratch and UV-resistant Mylar keeps magnets looking fresh and new for years to come.
Classic cotton-poly twill blend aprons are another of our top picks for practical banjo gifts. Choose from several style and color options. Spacious front pockets hold plenty of utensils and cooking tools. Aprons are machine washable and proudly made in the U.S.A.
Mugs are one of our favorite affordable banjo gifts. Everyone can use a few mugs. Click on any mug to see how the design looks from different angles. Experiment with sizes, styles, and colors to create a personal gift.
Who doesn’t love buttons! They’re an inexpensive and fun gift for musicians as well as music lovers. These standard size square buttons measure 2 inches by 2 inches, and round buttons are usually available in several sizes. Designs are printed on 100% recycled paper, then covered with scratch and UV-resistant Mylar. Many buttons can be customized with your choice of background color.
Many people think of the Deliverance Banjo player when they hear the word “Banjo.” The Banjo Deliverance song is an iconic piece of music from the film “Deliverance.” In my opinion it was the only good thing about the movie. I’ve added it here from YouTube. Enjoy! Skip to the 2 minute mark to hear the dueling Banjos.
Steve Martin The banjo is truly an American instrument, and it captures something about our past.
The banjo and fiddle are mainstays of old-time American music. The string instrument is frequently associated with bluegrass, folk, country, and Irish traditional music. It also played an important role in African American traditional music.
The banjo was rediscovered as a string instrument thanks largely to the talent and prominence of bluegrass legend Earl Scruggs. Born into a musical family, he began playing at the age of four. Over the next six years, the self-taught musician developed a three-finger style of playing that became known throughout the world as “Scruggs-Style Picking.” Remember The Beverly Hillbillies catchy theme song? “The Legend of Jed Clampett” was performed by Earl Scruggs and Lester Flatt.
More Banjo Facts
A person who performs on this string instrument is called a banjoist.
Other notable banjoists include Kirk Douglas, Jerry Garcia (Grateful Dead), David Gilmour (Pink Floyd), Burl Ives, John Lennon (The Beatles), Barbara Mandrell, Steve Martin, Bill Mumy, Donny Osmond, Pete Seeger, Taylor Swift, Peter Tork (The Monkees), Jerry Van Dyke, Hank Williams III, and Neil Young.
Meet the Mizzone brothers: Jonny, Robbie, and Tommy. The young musicians comprise a bluegrass trio from Lebanon Township, New Jersey, United States. For this performance on Late Night with David Letterman the boys chose to play “Flint Hill Special” by the legendary player Earl Scruggs. Jonny was just 9 years old at the time.
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