The Beverly Hillbillies

September 26th Celebrates – The Beverly Hillbillies

“Who remembers the television show called, The Beverly Hillbillies?

Today on “Days to Remember,” we celebrate how “The Beverly Hillbillies” premiered on CBS TV on September 26th 1962.

The series is about a poor backwoods family transplanted to Beverly Hills, California, after striking oil on their land.

A Filmways production created by writer Paul Henning, it is the first in a genre of “fish out of water” television shows, and was followed by other Henning-inspired country-cousin series on CBS.

In 1963, Henning introduced Petticoat Junction, and in 1965 he reversed the rags-to-riches model for Green Acres.

The Beverly Hillbillies series starts as Jed Clampett, an impoverished mountaineer, is living alongside an oil-contaminated swamp with his daughter and mother-in-law.

A surveyor for the OK Oil Company realizes the size of the oil field, and the company pays him a fortune for the right to drill on his land.

The Hillbillies are played by Buddy Ebsen, the widowed patriarch J. D. “Jed” Clampett; Irene Ryan, his ornery mother-in-law, Daisy May (“Granny”) Moses; Donna Douglas, Jed’s curvaceous and beautiful, yet tomboyish, daughter Elly May Clampett; and Max Baer, Jr. as Jethro Bodine, the brawny, half-witted son of Jed’s cousin Pearl Bodine.

The show’s theme song, “The Ballad of Jed Clampett”, was written by producer and writer Paul Henning and originally performed by bluegrass artists Flatt and Scruggs.

The show’s opening theme song, was sung by Jerry Scoggins, and was number 44 on the charts in 1962. Jerry’s first name appears as Jethro Scoggins during the closing credits.

Today’s YouTube presentation brought to you by user name, (“It’s a blast from the past), is the theme song for the television show called The Beverly Hillbillies in its colored version as well celebrate its premiere on CBS TV on September 26th 1962.

John Wayne made a cameo appearance on The Beverly Hillbillies: The Indians Are Coming (1967), Wednesday, February 1st, 1967, to be exact. When asked how he wanted to be paid, he is best remembered answering back with: “Give me a fifth of bourbon, that’ll square it.”

Series creator Paul Henning got the idea for the show while on a trip through the South in 1959, visiting Civil War sites with his mother-in-law. He wondered what it would be like to take someone from the rural South in the Civil War era and put them down in the middle of a modern, sophisticated community. Originally it was to have been set in New York, but because of cost considerations the setting was changed to Beverly Hills.

Did you know the Clampett’s truck was a 1921 Oldsmobile?

At the end of the opening credits you can see Jed start to point out something to the others towards camera left. In the network broadcasts, the camera changes to show that Jed is pointing to a billboard for Kellogg’s Corn Flakes, the sponsor of the show. As the car drives past it, the theme song continues, changing to the then current slogan “K-E-Double L-O-Double Good. Kellogg’s best to you”.

When the show debuted on Wednesday, September 26th, 1962, Jed Clampett’s fortune was given as $25,000,000. After adjusting for inflation, this amount would be equivalent to $195,000,000 in 2014.

At the end of the show’s run the fortune had climbed another $100,000,000, which would now be equivalent to $583,000,000.

After Donna Douglas aka “Elly May Clampett” life loss on Thursday, January 1st, 2015, Max Baer Jr. with two character roles of “Jethro Bodine” (and twin sister, “Jethrene Bodine”, in season one only) is the last surviving star (of the family members)’ extremely popular and humorous series.

As we remember the quirky show called, “The Beverly Hillbillies,” on today’s day to remember as it premiered on CBS TV on September 26th 1962.

Written & Designed by JD Mitchell


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