|2/8/2014 3:29:00 PM|
Curley Myers still
the singing cowboy
Last week, we reminisced with Hal Fryar, better know as Harlow Hickenlooper. Harlow and buddy Curley Myers were the hosts of the Three Stooges, shown on WFBM, Channel 6 in the 1960s through the early 1970s.
So it seems only natural to follow this week with the man who was known as the singing cowboy, Curley Myers. Hal was kind enough to connect me to Curley and it was such an enjoyable pleasure being able to talk with both these icons from Indiana's earlier television days.
Curley will be 88 in just a few weeks (April 1, honest) and is living in Mulberry. He still talks about his "Buckaroo Buddies," a phrase he used to use quite a bit in both song and conversation.
According to Curley, he had just about reached a point where his performing days were at an end.
"I had continued to perform up until Dec. 8," he explained. It was on that date he sang at a show in Frankfort (his hometown). Afterward, Curley decided that it was time to hang up the guitar, sadly bringing to a close a career that began in the 1930s.
"But I'm missing it," he said recently with a twinkle in his voice. "So once a month or whenever, I'm going to perform over here at (a retirement) home in Mulberry."
Curley lives near there and he said that the audience is just the right fit.
"I think I can sit up there on a barstool and kibitz with people my age. And you know what? It's fun to sing the old songs . . . from 'Let Me Call You Sweetheart' to 'God Bless America.' "
Like Hal, Curley said that today's youth might be missing out on some entertainment that may best be described as "wholesome."
"In my opinion, parents and grandparents are forgetting the old nursery rhymes. I remember when I was growing up, sitting on my mother's knee, listening to those. There is great value in that."
When asked about some of his favorite memories from the show, Curley made it clear that it was a wonderful experience, but that he likes to spend his time in the present.
"The fact that there are those people who are in their 50s and 60s today and still come up and say, 'Curley Myers, is that you? Well, let me shake your hand.' That is a real joy. I still call them my little Buckaroo Buddies.
"I was not what you would call a professional performer," he added. "I'm more like the guy next door. I'm like Uncle Curley or Uncle Bob. I just had a collection of songs that the children enjoyed. I feel blessed."
Curley and Harlow certainly left many of their Buckaroo Buddies feeling pretty blessed, too.
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