Episode Air Date: March 23, 2016
Artist: Freddie Fisher and the Shnicklefritz Band
Recording Title: Old Hank
You’re listening to Freddie Fisher and the Shnicklefritz Band.
“Shnicklefritz” or “Snicklefritz” is a Pennsylvania Dutch expression for a
mischievous or talkative child, but used a term of endearment. It was a pretty
fitting name for Freddie Fisher’s band, an irreverent group that incorporated
comedy into their songs and a precursor to the novelty songs recorded by Spike
Jones. Decca advertised them as “America’s Most Unsophisticated Band!”, if it
gives you the idea. They recorded this song, “Old Hank” for Decca in 1939.
The band would appear in a handful of films and shorts. You can see them in all
their shnickelfritz-ing glory right here.