You can have your Gallagher and Shean, and your Van and Schenck. Jones and Hare did the best of the ‘20s novelty songs (That’s a Lot of Bunk, It Ain’t Gonna Rain No Mo’, Cut Yourself a Piece of Cake, She Knows Her Onions, Since Henry Ford Apologized to Me), generally avoided dialect, and their personalities came across w/o overwhelming the music.
Can’t wait to get home and sing along to That’s Ba-nanner Oil!
One of their least successful songs, I think . . . I guess the song itself was popular, and they did it as a good-natured shout-out to Gallagher and Shean. Which shows what nice guys they were: can you picture Britney Spears singing a tribute to Christina Aguilera?
The Happiness Boys sometimes performed as band singers - for example, with Carl Fenton’s Orchestra on It Ain’t Gonna Rain No Mo’/Go 'Long Mule (my favorite version of Ain’t Gonna Rain, BTW). They also recorded separately sometimes - Ernest Hare had the more prolific solo career, and he recorded under lots of pseudonyms including Hobo Jack Turner, Uncle Ernie, Radio Joe and Santa Claus Himself (on the record Santa Claus Hides in the Phonograph).
Did The Happiness Boys really record Banana Oil? I didn’t see it in the track listings for the Jones and Hare CDs that Eve pointed us to. The only version of this song I know of is by Vaughn De Leath. BTW, one of the songwriters of Banana Oil was comic strip artist Milt Gross, who did a strip by the same name (and also did several others, including Count Screwloose of Toulouse.
I’ve actually heard the song Ain’t Gonna Rain No More, although I haven’t thought of it in years. I distinctly remember Heckle & Jeckle singing it in one of their cartoons. That is, I think it was Heckle & Jeckle. It might have been Sarge & Gandy Goose.