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Two big wheels in the world of humor

Two big wheels in the world of humor

March 1966: Dick and Tom Smothers play around on kiddy transportation for a Times photographer to promote their upcoming appearance at Melodyland with Pat Boone.

In a March 28, 1966 article, Times staff writer John L. Scott reported:

They’re modern, fun-loving Rover Boys, only Tom and Dick Smothers are real. They not only have more fun than their old-time fictional counterparts, but they get paid handsomely for enjoying themselves.

Through personal appearance, recording and TV mediums, the brothers have achieved unique fame as singing comedians in a few short years. Their eight comedy albums are near the 2 million mark in sales, and since 1962 they have performed more than 240 concert dates across the country.

Some months ago the Smothers co-starred at Melodyland along with Jack Jones and established a new record for the huge in-the-round theater – more than $100,000 in six nights.

Next Friday, the boys return to the concrete roundhouse in Anaheim for another go at the attendance mark. This time Pat Boone co-stars.

The Smothers Brothers continued to perform for years, retiring in 2010.

In 1969, the Melodyland Theater, then in bankruptcy, was sold to Christian Center Church of Anaheim. The theater was torn down in the early 2000s and is now the site of Anaheim GardenWalk, a shopping and entertainment center.

1 Comment

  1. August 15, 2012, 8:25 am

    Great shot of a classic T.V. roof antenna ! I believe this large of T.V. antenna was for "color" T.V.

    By: Mike

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