Back when “Dukes of Hazzard” was hot on CBS, having CB radio handles also was a big deal. What were Bo, Luke, and Daisy’s handles?
Well, let’s see. Bo and Luke’s handle was “Lost Sheep” while Daisy’s handle was “Bo Peep” for the “Dukes of Hazzard” stars.
The show ran for six seasons on CBS. It featured John Schneider as Bo Duke and Tom Wopat as Luke Duke. Catherine Bach played Daisy Duke, their cousin, while veteran actor Denver Pyle played Uncle Jesse. Oh, if you were wondering, Uncle Jesse had a CB handle, too. His was “Shepherd” and that fits because he usually was acting like a wise, old guide for the hot-rodding Duke boys.
Other show characters included James Best as Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane, Sorrell Booke as Boss Hogg, Ben Jones as Cooter Davenport, and Sonny Shroyer as Deputy Enos Strate.
Now, who do you think was The Balladeer who offered his voice in each episode? It was none other than “Outlaw Country” legend Waylon Jennings himself.
There was a period of time where “Dukes of Hazzard” was a solid Friday night lead-in show to CBS’s mega-ratings winner “Dallas.” It was so good that the show was among the top-rated television shows in the late 1970s. Imagine seeing the Nielsen ratings and looking at “Dallas and “Dukes of Hazzard” at the Nos. 1 and 2 positions. Well, that did happen a number of times for CBS.
‘Dukes of Hazzard’ Star Tried Getting Out of Role For CBS Show
Could you see anyone else other than Catherine Bach playing Daisy Duke? Well, that actually almost happened on “Dukes of Hazzard.”
Bach, at first, wasn’t too keen about playing the role of cousin Daisy. She had been let go by her previous agency because it was difficult to find roles that fit her. But a friend of her husband’s at Warner Bros. reached out and suggested she go read for the role.
She then had a lunch meeting with a friend who told her she might just go ahead and try. What’s the worst that could happen, the friend asked. So Bach went ahead and did the audition.
Bach picks up the story from there.
“After I did my reading during the audition, there was total silence,” Bach told Fox News in 2019. “I thought, ‘Oh no, they didn’t like what I did.’ Then everyone…we’re talking about 30 people, got up and started clapping. They just connected with my vision of how this part should be played. Two weeks later I was on a plane to Georgia,” the “Dukes of Hazzard” star added.
So the show almost had to go get someone else for Daisy’s role if Bach didn’t get through her audition. It made Catherine Bach both a household name and must-have wall poster for the show’s fans.