Dec 17, 2013
He hosted the 1938 Academy Awards show.
His newspaper column was carried in 240 papers.
He had major roles in 25 movies, and he was the male lead in eight of them.
And the Army named a weapon after a musical instrument he invented, the Bazooka.
Yet few people recognize the name Bob Burns, the Arkansas Traveler.
His radio show ran for six years, and his house band was Spike Jones and the City Slickers. In this episode from May 6, 1943, Spike plays a great song called The Sound Effects Man.
(Photo is of the Army bazooka, and Bob Burns with his musical Bazooka.)