George Bernard Shaw once said, There are three things Ill
never forget about America Niagara Falls, the Rocky Mountains
and Amos 'n' Andy.
Amos n Andy was the story of two black charactersthe
modest, pragmatic Amos and the blustery, self-confident Andycreated
by two white actors, Freeman Gosden and Charles Correll. The characters
first aired as Sam n Henry on Chicagos WGN in 1926.
In 1928, the duo went to rival station WMAQ as Amos n
By 1931, Amos n Andy had become a national phenomenon,
a comedic serial with nearly 40 million listeners. Movie theaters
were forced to stop their features each night to pipe in the 15-minute
show for their audience. Although Amos n Andys
dialect humor caused much controversy among African-Americans, the
shows appeal during its prime was not restricted to any single
From 1943 to 1955, Amos n Andy was a weekly
situation comedy. The duo hosted The Amos n Andy
Music Hall from 1954 until their final broadcast on November
Charles Correll died on September 26, 1972. Freeman Gosden died
on December 10, 1982.
Amos n Andy was inducted into the Radio Hall
of Fame in 1988.
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