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Dick & Tommy Smothers

The Smothers Brothers are an American music-and-comedy team, formed by real-life brothers Tom Smothers (born 1937) and Dick Smothers (born 1939). They were both born on Governor's Island in New York Harbor, where their father was stationed. Their father died during the Second World War in a Japanese prisoner of war camp, and they were raised by their mother in the Los Angeles area. Comedy is the use of humour in the performing arts. ... Tom Smothers (born February 2, 1937) is an American comedian, composer and musician from New York, New York. ... 1937 was a common year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ... Dick Smothers (born November 20, 1938) is an American comedian, composer and musician from New York, New York. ... 1939 was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... Governors Island, shown in red, in Upper New York Bay Governors Island is a 172 acre (696,000 m²) island in Upper New York Bay, approximately one half mile from the southern tip of Manhattan, of which it is legally a part, in New York City. ... New York Harbor is a geographic term that refers collectively to the bays and tidal estuaries near the mouth of the Hudson and adjacent rivers in the vicinity of New York City. ... Mushroom cloud from the nuclear explosion over Nagasaki rising 18 km into the air. ... Geneva Convention definition A prisoner of war (POW) is a soldier, sailor, airman, or marine who is imprisoned by an enemy power during or immediately after an armed conflict. ... The Greater Los Angeles Area is the suburban area around the city of Los Angeles, California. ...


The brothers attended San Jose State University, and after a brief time in a folk group called the Casual Quintet, the Smothers made their debut as a duo in 1959. They were a popular act in clubs and released several successful record albums. San Jose State University San José State University, commonly shortened to San Jose State and SJSU, is the oldest university in what became the California State University system. ... Folk music, in the original sense of the term, is music by and of the people. ... 1959 was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


The brothers' trademark act was performing folk songs (Tommy on acoustic guitar, Dick on string bass), which usually led to fake arguments between the two siblings. Tommy's signature line was, "Mom always liked you best". Tommy (the elder of the two) acted "slow," and Dick acted "superior." In real life Tommy was not slow at all: He handled their business affairs and later gained fame as a yo-yo expert; he starred in his own TV special, The Yo-Yo Man. Folk music, in the original sense of the term, is music by and of the people. ... An acoustic guitar is a modern form of guitar descended from the Classical guitar, but generally strung with steel strings for a brighter, louder sound. ... Side and front views of a modern double bass with a French bow. ... The yo-yo is a toy consisting of two equally-sized discs of plastic, wood, or metal, connected with an axle, around which a string is wound. ...


In the 1960s, the brothers appeared on numerous television shows as guest artists and hosted two series of their own, the situation comedy The Smothers Brothers Show (1965-1966), in which Tom played an angel come back to earth, and then the variety show The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, from 1967 to 1969. The 1960s, or The Sixties, in its most obvious sense refers to the decade between 1960 and 1969, but the expression has taken on a wider meaning over the past twenty years. ... A sitcom or situation comedy is a genre of comedy performance originally devised for radio but today typically found on television. ... The Smothers Brothers Show was a situation comedy featuring the Smothers Brothers that aired on CBS on Friday nights at 9:30 p. ... 1965 was a common year starting on Friday (link goes to calendar). ... 1966 was a common year starting on Saturday (link goes to calendar) // Events January January 1 - In a coup, Colonel Jean-Bédel Bokassa ousts president David Dacko and takes over the Central African Republic. ... A variety show is a show with a variety of acts, often including music and comedy skits, especially on television. ... The Smothers Brothers are an American musical-comedy team, formed by real-life brothers Tom and Dick Smothers. ... 1967 was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1969 was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1969 calendar). ...


The latter show became increasingly controversial for its references to youth culture, racism, and the Vietnam War, thus getting the comedians into regular conflicts with the network censors. The show also featured a roster of writers and regular performers who would become some of the biggest names in comedy, including Steve Martin, Don Novello, Rob Reiner and Pat Paulsen. CBS abruptly canceled the show on March 9, 1969, leading the brothers to file a successful breach of contract suit against the network. Despite the cancellation, the show went on to win the Emmy Award that year for best writing. The saga of the cancellation of the show is the subject of a 2002 documentary film, Smothered. The Vietnam War was fought from 1957 to 1975 between Soviet and Chinese-supported Vietnamese nationalist and Communist forces and an array of Western and pro-Western forces, most notably the United States. ... A television network is a distribution network for television content whereby a central operation provides programming for many television stations. ... Censorship is the use of governmental power to control speech and other forms of human expression. ... Steve Martin (right) with Scooter, on The Muppet Show Stephen Glenn Martin (born August 14, 1945) is an American comedian, writer, producer, actor, musician and composer born in Waco, Texas and raised in Orange County, California. ... Don Novello as Father Guido Sarducci Don Novello (born January 1, 1943, Lorain, Ohio) is an American, writer, film director, producer, actor and comedian. ... Rob Reiner as a young man Rob Reiner (born March 6, 1947) is an American actor, director, producer, and writer. ... Pat Paulsen (6 July 1927- 1997) was a United States comedian and satirist notable for his roles on several of the Smothers Brothers TV shows, and for his supposed campaigns for President of the United States in 1968, 1972, 1976, 1992, and 1996, which had comedic rather than political objectives. ... CBSs first color logo, which debuted in the fall of 1965. ... March 9 is the 68th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (69th in Leap years). ... 1969 was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1969 calendar). ... Breach of contract is a legal concept in which a binding agreement or bargained-for exchange is not honored by one of the parties to the contract by non-performance or interference with the other partys performance. ... An Emmy Award. ... 2002 is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


The Smothers Brothers had further shows: The Smothers Brothers Show (1975) and The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour (1988-1989) and The Tom and Dick Smothers Brothers Specials I and II in 1980. They also lent their (uncredited) singing voices to "Tom and Tom, the Brothers Brothers" in In Living Color (1990-1992). 1975 was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1975 calendar). ... 1988 is a leap year starting on a Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1989 is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1980 is a leap year starting on Tuesday. ... In Living Color was an American sketch comedy television series which ran on the Fox Television Network from 1990 to 1994. ... 1990 is a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1992 is a leap year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


The Smothers Brothers operate the Remick Ridge Vineyards in Sonoma County, California and, as late as 2005, continued to tour. Remick Ridge Vineyards is a California-based vineyard owned and operated by the Smothers Brothers. ... Sonoma County is a county located on Californias Pacific coast north of the San Francisco Bay Area. ... 2005 is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar and is the current year. ...


Discography

The Songs and Comedy of the Smothers Brothers at the Purple Onion (released May 1, 1961 on Mercury Records). ... 1961 was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... The Two Sides of the Smothers Brothers (released September 1 1962 on Mercury Records) was the second comedy album by the Smothers Brothers. ... 1962 was a common year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... Think Ethnic! was the third comedy album of the Smothers Brothers, released February 15, 1963 on Mercury Records. ... 1963 was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Curb your tongue, knave! was the fourth comedy album recorded by the Smothers Brothers, released November 1, 1963 on Mercury Records. ... 1963 was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... It must have been something I said!was the fifth comedy album from the Smothers Brothers (released April 15, 1964 on Mercury Records). ... 1964 was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1965 was a common year starting on Friday (link goes to calendar). ... Aesops Fables is a 1965 comedy album by The Smothers Brothers. ... 1965 was a common year starting on Friday (link goes to calendar). ... Mom Always Liked You Best! was the eighth comedy album by the Smothers Brothers (released August 17, 1965 on Mercury Records). ... 1966 was a common year starting on Saturday (link goes to calendar) // Events January January 1 - In a coup, Colonel Jean-Bédel Bokassa ousts president David Dacko and takes over the Central African Republic. ... The Smothers Brothers Play It Straight (Released February 15, 1966 on Mercury Records) was the ninth album released by the Smothers Brothers. ... 1966 was a common year starting on Saturday (link goes to calendar) // Events January January 1 - In a coup, Colonel Jean-Bédel Bokassa ousts president David Dacko and takes over the Central African Republic. ... Golden Hits of the Smothers Brothers, Vol. ... 1966 was a common year starting on Saturday (link goes to calendar) // Events January January 1 - In a coup, Colonel Jean-Bédel Bokassa ousts president David Dacko and takes over the Central African Republic. ... Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour is a 1968 comedy album released on Mercury Records by the Smothers Brothers consisting of bits from their CBS television series, The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour. ... 1968 was a leap year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1968 calendar). ... 1998 is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ...

External links

  • Smothers Brothers Forum
  • The Official Smothers Brothers Home Page

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The Smothers Brothers - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (501 words)
The Smothers Brothers are an American music-and-comedy team, formed by real-life brothers Tom (or Tommy) (born February 2, 1937) and Dick Smothers (born November 20, 1939).
The brothers attended San Jose State University, and after a brief time in a folk group called the Casual Quintet, the Smothers made their debut as a duo in 1959.
The brothers' trademark act was performing folk songs (Tommy on acoustic guitar, Dick on string bass), which usually led to fake arguments between the two siblings.
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