This post was originally published here on the Blind Pig in January of 2011.
For today's Pickin & Grinnin In The Kitchen Spot-I have an old song for you-Don't Laugh. It's a toe tapping number that moves right along-and Paul and Pap's harmony is perfect. The title is ironic to me due to a behind the scenes story Paul told me about the song. The Louvin Brothers had a hit with the song during the late 1950s. Most of the songs recorded by The Louvins Brothers were written by them-but not this one.
Rebe & Rabe another popular duet style group also hailed from Alabama-like The Louvins. Paul read the following in a book about The Louvins-he has 2 but thinks the story might have been in the book In Close Harmony: The Story of The Louvin Brothers written by Charles Wolfe.
Charlie said him and Ira (his brother) would put out a new song they'd written-and by 12:00 that day Rebe & Rabe would have it down pat and be singing it in the next town-drawing in a crowd. Charlie said then him and Ira would go to a venue where Rebe & Rabe had performed recently-and folks would accuse them of stealing songs from Rebe & Rabe-when they were actually The Louvin Brother's songs. It happened so often that The Louvins began to get a little irritated.
Charlie and Ira had the chance to hear Don't Laugh-a song Rebe & Rabe were singing-and decided to be sneaky and give the other duo a taste of their own medicine. The Louvins recorded Don't Laugh in 1957.
Pap and Paul do a pretty goog job on the song as well-take a listen and see if you don't agree. *Before you watch the video you need to stop the music player-the music controls are along the top of this page on the far left side-just under the Blind Pig logo. Click the center round button to stop the player. For those of you who want to go to youtube to watch the video-go here.
One other humorous story about the song: To say we are fans of The Louvin Brothers is an understatement-we adore their music-they are our heroes. Of course Pap has been a number one fan of theirs since he was young-much longer than Paul or me.
One day Paul and Pap were discussing the song Don't Laugh-and Pap said he just knew The Louvin Brothers wrote the song. When Paul finally proved to him that they didn't-Pap said with great disappointment "Well it looks like they could've if they'd tried."
Did you tap your toes?