YORGESSON, YOGI

Homebase: Tacoma, WA.
Stats:
b. 19/21/08 Tacoma, WA -  d. 5/20/56 Tonopah, NV
Misc Notes:
Birth name:  Harry Edward Skarbo.
Professional name: Harry Stewart
Performing name: Yogi Yorgesson

"YOGI YORGESSON"
by Peter Blecha
[excerpt from "Stan Boreson" essay, courtesy & copyright, 2008, HistoryLink.org]

"Born in Tacoma in 1908, Harry Edward Skarbo was hired in 1927 at Seattle’s KVI radio -- first as an announcer (“Harry Stewart”), and then weatherman, news reporter, and finally as a banjo player. Around 1931 Stewart headed off to California where he created a comedic routine based on speaking a funny sort of American-English smothered in a Scandinavian dialect. That skill evolved into an improbably incongruous stage character -- Yogi Yorgesson: “The Hindu Mystic” -- a “Scandihoovian” rube who also had a spiritual and omniscient East Indian guru-like vibe. Thus, Yorgesson -- replete with a costume consisting of logger boots, an exotic loincloth, a plaid lumberjack shirt, and a Hindu turban -- became a radio and recording star -- his novelty 78 on S&G Records (“My Clam Digger’s Sweetheart”) became a sizeable enough hit in 1948 to prompt the new (and soon-to-be big-time label) Capitol Records to buy out his contract and release many subsequent discs by him.

Over the next years Stewart recorded many additional comedic songs including one with a local reference to Tacoma’s Titlow Park: “Tillie From Titlow.” In fact, Tacoma remained an important part of Stewart’s life and every time he returned to visit friends and family the Tacoma News Tribune covered it all like he was returning royalty. While in the area he always gave back to the community by performing at each September’s Puyallup Fair and also took on a few nightclub engagements. It was at one such evening performance at Seattle’s old Palomar Theater where the acclaimed “America’s King of Scandinavian Humor” first crossed paths with a kindred spirit, Stan Boreson...."

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RECORDING PERSONNEL: Johnny Duffy's Scandihoovians
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FORMAT: disc
SIZE: 10"
SPEED: 78 rpm
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A-SIDE MATRIX: 3010-S
A-SIDE STAMPER CODE: 3010-S
A-SIDE COMPOSER: Harry Stewart
A-SIDE PUBLISHER: Nordyke Pub. Co.

B-SIDE MATRIX: 3010-G
B-SIDE STAMPER CODE: 3010-G
B-SIDE COMPOSER: Harry Stewart
B-SIDE PUBLISHER: Nordyke Pub. Co.

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RECORDING PERSONNEL: Johnny Duffy and the Scandahoovians
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SIZE: 10"
SPEED: 78 rpm
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1.) A - B promo label. White (cream) background. Black logo, numerals and lettering.

2.) A - B retail label.  Purple background. Silver logo, numerals and lettering.

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A-SIDE COMPOSER: Harry Stewart
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B-SIDE COMPOSER: Harry Stewart
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[caption id="attachment_42480" align="alignleft" width="517"] Billboard magazine ad October 8, 1949.[/caption]

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