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Original of song done on Hee Haw?
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Joe Gillis
2003-08-11 03:07:10 UTC
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The Hee Haw TV show had a running bit where two people would sing:

"Where, oh where, are you tonight?
Why did you leave me here all alone?
I searched the world over and I thought I found true love,
You met another, and -- [raspberry sound]!! You was gone."

Who recorded the original version of this? I believe it came out around 1953.
And what is the title? Anyone know where I could find the original lyrics?



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Jack Aldrich
2003-08-11 19:19:08 UTC
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I don't remember the title (or most of the words), but it was written &
performed by the Geezenslaw Brothers.
Post by Joe Gillis
"Where, oh where, are you tonight?
Why did you leave me here all alone?
I searched the world over and I thought I found true love,
You met another, and -- [raspberry sound]!! You was gone."
Who recorded the original version of this? I believe it came out around 1953.
And what is the title? Anyone know where I could find the original lyrics?
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"I don't mind lying, but I HATE inaccuracy." -- Samuel Butler
12-stringer
2003-08-11 21:23:55 UTC
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The title (maybe an extra "f" in this) is "Pfft! You Were Gone." My memory
of the 70s (not to mention the 60s and the 80s) is a little brain-fried, but
it seems to me there is also a somewhat religious version of it. What's for
dinner, Grandpa?
Post by Joe Gillis
"Where, oh where, are you tonight?
Why did you leave me here all alone?
I searched the world over and I thought I found true love,
You met another, and -- [raspberry sound]!! You was gone."
Who recorded the original version of this? I believe it came out around 1953.
And what is the title? Anyone know where I could find the original lyrics?
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"I don't mind lying, but I HATE inaccuracy." -- Samuel Butler
Graeme Freeland
2003-08-13 00:38:31 UTC
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Joe, you have done well. If you look further on BMI you will find that all
66 songs attributed to Lee Roberts/Susan Heather are also listed for "Marian
Y Reichner". Including "Pfft You Was Gone" aka "Phfft You Were Gone".

On ASCAP there are 176 songs listed under both Bickley S Reichner and Bix
Reichner. But, as you wrote, not the "Pfft/Phfft" song.

Graeme Freeland
A reply to my post in the newsgroup alt.music.country.classic claims the
song,
indeed titled "PFFT! You Were Gone", was written by "Susan Heather"....
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Well Joe, I try really hard not to collect records in
the 78rpm format, but songs like the one you are
talking about here just scream at me to take them
home with me.
Such was the case when I ran across this record
as done by Bob Newman on the King label #1131.
You can view a scan of my copy of this record by
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As you can see, the correct title is "Phfft! You
Were Gone", and the writer is Lee Roberts.
Lee Roberts is also listed at the BMI web site
as the writer of this, as well as 65 other songs.
I didn't check with ASCAP, he may have more
songs registered with them.
I wen to BMI.com and looked up "Susan Heather." Susan was listed as the
author
of "Pfft You Were Gone" -- but I clicked on the title for more info and it
took
me to a page which listed PYWG's writer as... Lee Roberts.
So suddenly Susan turns out to be, as I suspected, a pseudonym (probably
named
for somebody's daughter[s]). But what of our old friend Bix Reichner?
I looked up Bix at BMI and didn't find anything. However he had over 165
songs
at ASCAP, and I couldn't find any for Lee Roberts (although there might be
some
-- that site doesn't get along very well with my PC).
Could Lee be Bix's BMI alias? I can't speak for Mr Roberts, but Mr
Reichner was
(apparently) a real person -- I found a non-music site which mentions him
working at a Philadelphia TV station in 1948.
That's about as far as I can go with it. I'm a newbie at this sort of
thing,
and I'll leave it to the experts to delve any deeper.
Graeme Freeland
2003-08-13 00:32:16 UTC
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Joe, you have done well. If you look further on BMI you will find that all
66 songs attributed to Lee Roberts/Susan Heather are also listed for "Marian
Y Reichner". Including "Pfft You Was Gone" aka "Phfft You Were Gone".

On ASCAP there are 176 songs listed under both Bickley S Reichner and Bix
Reichner. But, as you wrote, not the "Pfft/Phfft" song.

Graeme Freeland
A reply to my post in the newsgroup alt.music.country.classic claims the
song,
indeed titled "PFFT! You Were Gone", was written by "Susan Heather"....
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Well Joe, I try really hard not to collect records in
the 78rpm format, but songs like the one you are
talking about here just scream at me to take them
home with me.
Such was the case when I ran across this record
as done by Bob Newman on the King label #1131.
You can view a scan of my copy of this record by
http://home.triad.rr.com/ovis/King/Phfft_You_Were_Gone.jpg
As you can see, the correct title is "Phfft! You
Were Gone", and the writer is Lee Roberts.
Lee Roberts is also listed at the BMI web site
as the writer of this, as well as 65 other songs.
I didn't check with ASCAP, he may have more
songs registered with them.
I wen to BMI.com and looked up "Susan Heather." Susan was listed as the
author
of "Pfft You Were Gone" -- but I clicked on the title for more info and it
took
me to a page which listed PYWG's writer as... Lee Roberts.
So suddenly Susan turns out to be, as I suspected, a pseudonym (probably
named
for somebody's daughter[s]). But what of our old friend Bix Reichner?
I looked up Bix at BMI and didn't find anything. However he had over 165
songs
at ASCAP, and I couldn't find any for Lee Roberts (although there might be
some
-- that site doesn't get along very well with my PC).
Could Lee be Bix's BMI alias? I can't speak for Mr Roberts, but Mr
Reichner was
(apparently) a real person -- I found a non-music site which mentions him
working at a Philadelphia TV station in 1948.
That's about as far as I can go with it. I'm a newbie at this sort of
thing,
and I'll leave it to the experts to delve any deeper.
Jack Aldrich
2003-08-13 15:07:58 UTC
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The Reichner brothers called themselves the "Geezenslaw Brothers". They
did humorous songs and parodies.
Post by Graeme Freeland
Joe, you have done well. If you look further on BMI you will find that all
66 songs attributed to Lee Roberts/Susan Heather are also listed for "Marian
Y Reichner". Including "Pfft You Was Gone" aka "Phfft You Were Gone".
On ASCAP there are 176 songs listed under both Bickley S Reichner and Bix
Reichner. But, as you wrote, not the "Pfft/Phfft" song.
Graeme Freeland
A reply to my post in the newsgroup alt.music.country.classic claims the
song,
indeed titled "PFFT! You Were Gone", was written by "Susan Heather"....
---------------------------------------------------------------------------
---
Well Joe, I try really hard not to collect records in
the 78rpm format, but songs like the one you are
talking about here just scream at me to take them
home with me.
Such was the case when I ran across this record
as done by Bob Newman on the King label #1131.
You can view a scan of my copy of this record by
http://home.triad.rr.com/ovis/King/Phfft_You_Were_Gone.jpg
As you can see, the correct title is "Phfft! You
Were Gone", and the writer is Lee Roberts.
Lee Roberts is also listed at the BMI web site
as the writer of this, as well as 65 other songs.
I didn't check with ASCAP, he may have more
songs registered with them.
I wen to BMI.com and looked up "Susan Heather." Susan was listed as the
author
of "Pfft You Were Gone" -- but I clicked on the title for more info and it
took
me to a page which listed PYWG's writer as... Lee Roberts.
So suddenly Susan turns out to be, as I suspected, a pseudonym (probably
named
for somebody's daughter[s]). But what of our old friend Bix Reichner?
I looked up Bix at BMI and didn't find anything. However he had over 165
songs
at ASCAP, and I couldn't find any for Lee Roberts (although there might be
some
-- that site doesn't get along very well with my PC).
Could Lee be Bix's BMI alias? I can't speak for Mr Roberts, but Mr
Reichner was
(apparently) a real person -- I found a non-music site which mentions him
working at a Philadelphia TV station in 1948.
That's about as far as I can go with it. I'm a newbie at this sort of
thing,
and I'll leave it to the experts to delve any deeper.
Joe Cline
2003-08-13 16:15:04 UTC
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On Wed, 13 Aug 2003 15:07:58 GMT, Jack Aldrich
Post by Jack Aldrich
The Reichner brothers called themselves the "Geezenslaw Brothers". They
did humorous songs and parodies.
The Geezinslaws are (and have been, for forty years):
Lead Vocal/Mandolin: Sammy Allred; Lead Vocal/Rhythm Guitar:
Dewayne "Son" Smith

jc
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2019-08-28 21:45:46 UTC
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Turns out we're all wrong. A guy named Bob Newman (Roberts) wrote and recorded it in 1952. He sold the song, he sold a few for cash, to Lee Reichner (wrote Papa Loves Mambo) who then published it in his wife's name Marian B Yearnell aka Susan Heather. Here's a link to a clip of original: https://www.zeroto180.org/?p=23560
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