Before Iggy’s time

There were in fact six Stooges, but you only got to see them three at a time. A re-recording was issued in 1959, but this is the original, as seen in a 1938 Columbia two-reeler:

I have no idea if this inspired Shirley Shirley Bo Birley in 1964:

And if you wondered why Shirley invoked a relatively uncommon name like Lincoln, it’s a shout-out to her co-writer, producer and manager Lincoln Chase.


  1. fillyjonk »

    14 July 2017 · 3:11 pm

    And this is how my brain works: I immediately went to “If you take six Stooges three at a time, how many different combinations of Stooges can you get?”

    dangit, I took a summer off teaching to get AWAY from thinking like that.

    (The answer is 20, in case you are wondering)

  2. CGHill »

    14 July 2017 · 3:39 pm

    Rhino Records, for some reason or other, put out a version of Iggy’s “I Wanna Be Your Dog” with various Moe, Larry and Curly noises grafted onto it. Iggy’s Stooges being four in number — John Cale, who also played on that original session, was not technically (or otherwise) a Stooge — the Rhino release was credited to “The Seven Stooges.”

  3. fillyjonk »

    14 July 2017 · 5:25 pm

    In which case, thirty-five possible combinations.

    (Sorry.This is one very specific small area in which I am kind of Rain Man.)

  4. Roger Green »

    15 July 2017 · 5:18 am

    There was a guy named Chuck when I was a kid:
    Chuck, Chuck, Bo Buck, Banana Fanna Fo [cuckoo sound]

  5. CGHill »

    15 July 2017 · 4:12 pm

    Must be a regional thing. Down South, we simply noted that “You know, they never do ‘Chuck’.”

    More recently, there was an episode of The Simpsons which involved a trip to Sneed’s Feed & Seed — “formerly Chuck’s,” said the sign.

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