‘Beverly Hillbillies’: Watch Buddy Ebsen and Bing Crosby Hilariously Sing ‘In the Summertime’ in 1963

by Joe Rutland
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If you have ever had a hankerin’ to see Jed Clampett from “The Beverly Hillbillies” sing with crooner Bing Crosby, then this is your day.

Crosby was the host of “The Bing Crosby Show” on CBS and on Nov. 7, 1963, Buddy Ebsen was one of his guests. Ebsen, though, appeared all dressed up yet spoke like Uncle Jed would when talking to Granny.

Now don’t be too surprised to see Ebsen and Crosby together. They probably bumped into one another a few times at a Hollywood movie studio or two.

‘The Beverly Hillbillies’ Star Was A Song-And-Dance Man In His Life

Ebsen had quite a career as a song-and-dance man himself, one which led him to the “Tin Man” role in “The Wizard of Oz.” Obviously, Ebsen didn’t make it into the final movie because of a serious medical reaction to the makeup being used for his character.

But Ebsen and Crosby have a couple of laughs while singing “In The Summertime.” Now this song is not to be confused with “In The Good Old Summertime” or “Summertime.”

Here’s three-plus minutes of Buddy Ebsen, appearing as Uncle Jed from “The Beverly Hillbillies,” singing and dancing a little with Bing Crosby.

It’s kind of wild to see this clip and notice the date of the show. No one knew that the world would change drastically, at least in the United States, just 15 days after this show first appeared.

Crosby had established himself as a singer and actor by the time this show first aired. He and comedian Bob Hope teamed up for a number of “Road” movies in the 1940s and 1950s. These movies had humor, singing, a dash of drama, and usually having either Hope or Crosby get in some trouble.

He also developed quite a following through radio shows he hosted or made appearances on throughout his life.

Buddy Ebsen died on July 6, 2003, at 95 years old. Bing Crosby died of a heart attack on Oct. 14, 1977, at 74 years old.

Buddy Ebsen Showed Off His Dance Moves One Time For Walt Disney

As was mentioned earlier, Ebsen was a song-and-dance man during one part of his career. He even had an opportunity to show them off for an animator named Walt Disney.

An article in MeTV indicates that Buddy Ebsen did this when he was in “Broadway Melody of 1936.” You can even see him in a portion of the film where he’s wearing a Mickey Mouse sweatshirt.

His dance moves would inspire Mickey’s dance moves in the “Silly Symphony” cartoons. He once again showed up in front of Disney in 1951.

“He took me to a room where there were seven little guys with aprons and thick glasses working on a contrivance that pulled wires and a little mechanical man that moved his arms, legs, head, and mouth,” Ebsen said, according to his BBC obituary.

That helped pave the way for characters’ mannerisms in places like Disneyland’s “Hall of Presidents” exhibit.

So, Ebsen played a big role for Walt Disney. He later managed to snag the role of his life in Jed Clampett on “The Beverly Hillbillies.”

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