Daily Foglifter: “The Dukes of Hazzard,” a television show inspired by the movie Moonrunners, ran from 1979 to 1985.
This is the cake I did last week for a little boy’s birthday. It occurred to me while I was taking pictures that some of you may not know about “The Dukes of Hazzard.” Or worse, you only know the Dukes of Hazzard from that piece of garbage movie that came out in 2005. It was vulgar. Of course, it had Jessica Simpson in it. How could it not be awful?
The Dukes of Hazzard was a family show. Ridiculous story lines, super awesome car chases and stunts, no bad language, no real violence aside from fist fights, and no nastiness. It was cheesy, but in a nice and entertaining way. It currently runs in syndication on CMT.
The Dukes of Hazzard Fun Facts
- The theme song, “The Good Ol’ Boys” was sung by Waylon Jennings, who also was the voice of the Balladeer. The song was #1 on the American Country Chart in 1980 and reached #21 on the Billboard Chart. It’s a great theme song. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0KBCnSEDGs
- Sorrell Booke (Boss Hogg) was fluent in 5 languages, had degrees from Columbia and Yale, and even conducted the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra on one occasion.
- Ben Jones (Cooter) was a member of the United States House of Representatives from Georgia (1989-1993.)
- The Celebrity Speed Trap, which Boss Hogg set up to catch famous singers passing through Hazzard County to “persuade” them to sing in his bar, The Boar’s Nest, was a regular feature. The guest stars included: Roy Orbison, Buck Owens, Johnny Paycheck, Tammy Wynette, and Loretta Lynn.
- The Kentucky connection (my homestate): Former governor Wallace Wilkinson played an FBI Agent in the 2nd episode.
“So, you see, that’s the way it goes in Hazzard. Where the Dukes will even help out their enemy when the chips are down. That’s plum typical of the Dukes of Hazzard. Too bad it ain’t the same everywhere else, huh?”
~The Balladeer (the final narration)