On the state highway that links Morristown, Tennessee and Jonesboro, in a town called Bulls Gap is the Archie Campbell Museum. It is the birthplace of the famed Hee Haw performer and contains personal items and artifacts from his career.
Archie Campbell Days – Every October
Archie Campbell Days is a celebration of Bulls Gap’s most famous son, the comedian from CBS’s variety-comedy show Hee-Haw, with this street festival in Downtown Old Bulls Gap.
Vendors, live music, and much more. All day event.
Off of Highway 11E on South Main Street in Bulls Gap, Tennessee.
For more information, contact Bulls Gap City Hall: 423-235-5216
Hee Haw Television Shoe Episode Featuring Archie Campbell
Campbell was a charter member of the cast of Hee Haw on CBS-TV from its beginning in 1969, though he also served as a head writer. His regular characterizations included:
- “Archie’s Barber Shop”, in which he performed his Spoonerism stories and his “That’s Bad/That’s Good” routine
- “Doc Campbell”, with Gunilla Hutton as “Nurse Goodbody”; though Campbell portrayed a M.D., a certification hanging on the wall clearly showed him being a veterinarian (D.V.M.).
- “Justus O’Peace”, his version of the classic “Judge” routine of Pigmeat Markham.
One of his most well-known segments was the song “PFFT! You Was Gone”, in which he would perform a short verse of original comedy, followed by the standard chorus of “Where Oh Where Are You Tonight”, which would conclude with him and a singing partner, often Gordie Tapp, blowing a raspberry at one another or at the camera. In later years, Tapp would be replaced by the episode’s guest star, who was mentioned in Campbell’s lyrics right before they revealed themselves.
Campbell also recorded several comedy-music albums, which he continued doing during his Hee Haw years; such as Bull Session at Bull’s Creek with Junior Samples, released the year before Hee Haw premiered. He frequently performed musical duets with singer Lorene Mann.
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