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In the Corner with Dan Hughes


Jun 4, 2012

Jimmy Durante was born in New York City in 1893, and he played ragtime piano in honky-tonks when he was still in junior high. 

His 1934 record Inka Dinka Doo propelled him to national prominence, and he was a radio regular from then on. 

He got his own radio show in 1943, and this episode, from October 29, 1947, featured guest star Lucille Ball.

P.S. The Petrillo joke at the beginning of the show refers to the musicians union boss who forbid union musicians to record music in the mid-1940s (in a bid for higher royalties for musicians).