Posted Bykurt on October 03, 2002 at 19:59:35:
In Reply to: Re: It was a writer, not a performer posted byAdam Burke on October 03, 2002 at 18:59:06:
No, it was a writer.
Harry Conn was a famous falling out, but that's not who Josefsberg was referring to, either. There are about four other writers whom Josefsberg might be describing.
For all the grief that came with Conn, his ego and his departure from the radio program, Benny obviously didn't let that extend to his evaluation of material.
His famous routine with three homely women who claimed to be the "Landrews Sisters" or the "Guire Sisters" (names changed over the years) was written by Conn in the 1930s for Jack's stage show (when the object of the spoof was the Boswell Sisters). Benny was performing the routine in his live appearances right through the 1960s, and did it twice on his TV programs.
And presumably through Conn's lifetime, Jack was paying him a royalty on the material whenever it was performed.