The English-born Stan Laurel (1890-1965) and his American partner Oliver Hardy (1892-1957) first worked together on the silent film The Lucky Dog
which was released in 1921, but they are best known for their early "talkies" in which the overweight Hardy played the constantly flummoxed straight man to his stringbean dimwit friend. They were immensely popular both at the time and into the 21st
Century, and their names have become a by-word for slapstick comedy.
The Laurel & Hardy version of "The Trail Of The Lonesome Pine" is by far the best known, and the song that first saw the light of day in 1913 was a surprise posthumous hit for them in the UK in 1975 when it was released as a single on United Artists backed by "Honolulu Baby
." It was #24 in the Top 100 of the year according to one chart.
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