Homer and Jethro – Camp Runamuck


Homer and Jethro were the stage names of American country music duo Henry Haynes and Kenneth Burns, popular from the 1940s through the 1960s on radio and television for their satirical versions of popular songs. “Camp Runamuck” was based on the theme song to the 1965-66 TV show of the same name. Homer and Jethro took the original instrumental composed by Frank DeVol and added lyrics that reflected the conditions at the camp, which itself had references to “Hello Muddah, Hello Father,” in the naming of characters like Joe Spivey off the popular Allan Sherman song.

The song appears on Homer and Jethro’s Old Crusty Minstrels album, released in 1965.

Matt Ralph

Matt Ralph

I'm the editor of Summer Camp Culture and also blog at Tangzine.com and MatthewRalph.com. I live in the Philadelphia area and went to camps and camp meetings growing up in Ohio, Maryland and New Jersey.

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