Today’s post was written by Michael Baldasare.
LUBBOCK LOU & HIS JUGHUGGERS
Dave Goelz (Lubbock Lou)
Frank Oz (Gramps)
Jerry Nelson (Slim Wilson)
Richard Hunt (Bubba)
Jim Henson (Zeke)
Louise Gold (Lou)
The Muppet Show Episode 208: Steve Martin (1977)
Most recent appearance…
Rocky Mountain Holiday (1983)
Best known role…
The Muppet Show‘s Jug-Band
WHO ARE LUBBOCK LOU AND HIS JUGHUGGERS?
Lubbock Lou and His Jughuggers was the second jug-band to be featured on The Muppet Show, replacing the Gogolala Jubilee Jug-Band starting in Season 2. The Jughuggers, led by Lubbock Lou on jaw-harp, features Gramps on the fiddle, Slim Wilson on guitar and vocals, Bubba blowing the jug, Zeke on banjo (and sometimes kazoo), and Lou on vocals.
The Jughuggers usually sing country tunes, including such Muppet classics as “Henrietta’s Wedding,” “Borneo,” and “Take ‘Em Away.” Though the Jughuggers only appeared in twelve episodes of The Muppet Show, they were important performers in each of those episodes. The group also made featured appearances in The Great Muppet Caper and Rocky Mountain Holiday after The Muppet Show ended.
LUBBOCK LOU AND HIS JUGHUGGERS SONGS
Performed by the Jughuggers…
- “Henrietta’s Wedding
- “Somebody Stole My Gal”
- “A Horse Named Bill”
- “Cool Water”
- “Take ‘Em Away” (Rocky Mountain Holiday)
Back-up by the Jughuggers…
- “Dueling Banjos” with Steve Martin
- “Apple Jack” with Bernadette Peters
- “Rocky Top”
- “You’re Looking at Country”
- “The Devil Went Down to Georgia”
- “Egg Eating Dog”
- “Riders in the Sky”
- “Happiness Hotel” (The Great Muppet Caper)
WHY DO THE MUPPETS NEED LUBBOCK LOU AND HIS JUGHUGGERS?
The Muppet Show was always musical, so the show needed musical acts like this above. Although the Jughuggers haven’t been seen in over 30 years, I still hope that they and the Muppets’ former associated acts could make comeback appearances soon. Bring back Lubbock Lou and the Jughuggers!
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