Academy of the Underrated #3:
The Hoosier Hot Shots
The original Hoosier Hot Shots may have been the greatest Jazz-oriented novelty act in history. Never achieving the vast Popular success of Spike Jones & His City Slickers, they were nevertheless a staple on Chicago's WLS beginning in the early 1930s; later becoming ubiquitous on that station's Saturday night "National Barn Dance", simulcast by the NBC radio network.
A four-man aggregation whose music ranged from Dixieland ferocity to genuinely bizarre novelty concoctions like "Connie's Got Connections in Connecticut" and "I Like Bananas (Because They Have No Bones)", their sound was light and unforced, appealing to lovers of Jazz and Country both; while their comic turns were a mix of the cringingly cornball with the truly strange. Novelty acts generally don't last . . . it's almost axiomatic . . . but the Hoosiers stayed together, in one form or another, until 1980; playing where they could, giving their listeners whatever they had; showmen and musicians to the end.