The Happiness Boys
Billy Jones (1889–1940) and Ernest Hare (1883–1939) were an enormously popular comic singing duo. They claimed to have been the first duo to be signed by a radio sponsor. They began recording together in late 1920 and in December 1923 began their first radio program, a series for the Happiness Candy Company. This association gave them their well-known and apt sobriquet "The Happiness Boys." Later, they were signed by Interwoven Hosiery and became known as "The Interwoven Pair." Jones (a tenor) and Hare (a baritone) sang and joked on many hundreds of recordings. They were known, in the words of a 1950s LP sleeve note writer, as chroniclers of 1920s "fads, foibles, and foolishness."
The following recordings featuring The Happiness Boys are available in the National Jukebox: