(This page refers to the American comic duo: for the UK reggae duo, see Laurel And Hardy (2))
Laurel and Hardy portrait
Stan Laurel (1890-1965) was born Arthur Stanley Jefferson in Ulverston, Lancashire. His family moved to Glasgow when he was 15 and he began his career working for theatrical impresario Fred Karno. The Karno troupe toured America in 1912 and Stan went with them. He began making films in 1925 and was eventually teamed with Southerner Oliver Hardy (1892-1957), born Norvell Hardy in Harlem, Georgia. Their double act featured in 107 films, both silent and sound, and they became famous the world over. Their Spanish names, 'El Gordo Y El Flacco' ('The Fat One And The Thin One'), define their trademark appearances: the rotund, polite yet tempestuous Ollie complemented by the nervous, confused yet sweetly endearing Stan. Their catchphrase "Here's another nice mess you've gotten me into!" (spoken by Ollie in several variants) is still in common usage today, and their films, almost all of which are extant, display hilarious slapstick, smart one-liners and even on occasion song and dance routines.

Links To Peel

Laurel & Hardy - Trail of the Lonesome Pine - Epic

Laurel & Hardy - Trail of the Lonesome Pine - Epic

One of the most successful, Way Out West, included a song based around the popular tune On The Trail Of The Lonesome Pine and backed by Chill Wills & the Avalon Boys, which became a surprise Christmas hit at the end of 1975 following a single release on United Artists, due in no small part to its repeated plays by Peel ("A record which I'm very disappointed to see is still nobody's record of the week, but it could easily be ours." [1]). It reached number 2 in the UK charts, and John placed it at 14 in his top fifteen of the year on 19 December 1975. The song was also covered by Viv Stanshall in a Peel session of October 1975.

In 1998, the programme of the Meltdown arts festival curated by Peel featured Dutch revivalist ensemble Beau Hunks playing Laurel And Hardy film music.

Festive Fifty Entries

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Shows Played

  • 03 November 1975: 'The Trail Of The Lonesome Pine (7")' (United Artists)
  • 20 November 1975: 'The Trail Of The Lonesome Pine (7")' (United Artists)
  • 19 December 1975: 'The Trail Of The Lonesome Pine (7")' (United Artists) (JP: 'The fact that that is currently number two in the BBC charts indicates to me at least that there is still some hope left for mankind.')
  • 09 November 2000: Bed Strings (v/a CD - Novelty Songs 1914-1946 Crazy & Obscure) Trikont

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