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Because for a long time the emphasis was on the
fact that Chet Lauck and Tuffy Goff provided the
voices for most of the regular characters on the
L&A radio programs, many people never realized
that there were a number of talented radio
performers who appeared on the show in
supporting roles over the years. One of these
actors was Elmore Vincent, who played the part of
“Phinus Stonewall Peabody,” Abner’s papa,
veteran of the Confederate army.
Elmore came from an authentic rural background,
born on a cotton farm in Texas on June 10, 1908.
His family soon migrated to Tacoma, Washington,
where our hero eventually began working in a
sawmill. He recalls that his aspiration was to be a
radio singer, so nine times he took off from his job
to journey to Seattle and audition at the two radio
stations that used live talent. On the ninth try, he
was accepted by station KJR; the year was 1929,
and his salary was the whopping sum of
The following article was published in The Jot 'Em Down Journal Volume 5, Number 1, October 1988.
$32.50 per week. Around this time, the Great
Depression hit hard, and Mr. Vincent Sr. lost his
job in the sawmill, so Elmore found himself in the
odd position of having to support his own parents
with the proceeds from his budding radio career.
KJR’s big production was a daily, 90-minute variety
show called
Mardi Gras, and just to give himself
something to do besides singing popular songs on
the program (in a light, Irish-tenor-like singing
voice), Elmore dragged out some crazy speeches
he had developed while in school, and program
director Ivan Ditmars christened the new character
“Senator Fishface.” In 1934, when NBC bought the
Seattle station, they made Elmore an offer to move
to San Francisco, where the Blue Network was
starting a variety program of its own,
Carefree
Carnival
, and they invited Elmore to continue his
routines as Fishface on the network – for $40 a
week.
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