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June 09, 2010


Says Limbaugh Biographer Zev Chafets in his WSJ blog:

For starters he is not, and has never pretended to be, a member of the Christian Right. As a young disc jockey he invented a fictitious faith healer, “Friar Shuck” who saved people over the radio for a hundred bucks a pop.

Limbaugh was on radio in the early 70's in Pittsburgh (as Jeff Christie) when H&L made their popular albums in LA. 

See cut #3 on this album:

So, did Chafets get it wrong (Rush H for Hudson Limbaugh) or did Limbaugh rip them off, or did he tell Chafets he invented the routine? Or did H&L, with dozens of similar comedy recordings and a huge major market following, rip off the unknown local jock from Pittsburgh PA?

My guess: Limbaugh heard it at a radio industry deal, ripped it off & riffed it to his local audience, Chafets found the reference doing his book research, and thought is made good anecdotal evidence that Limbaugh was not a bitter clinger because he made fun of radio preachers.

Somebody owes somebody and explanation and apology.

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