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Country Music – “Doc” Tommy Scott and the Last Real Old Time Medicine Show on the CBC Tommy Hunter Show in 1980
Ramblin’ Tommy and Frankie Scott appear on TV with Johnny Carson. (Photo: Katona Production Archives)
Ramblin’ “Doc” Tommy Scott (1917-2013), 1940s Grand Ole Opry star, was one of country and western music and film’s first generation of stars who became part of America’s pop culture fabric through his colorful leadership of the Last Real Old Time Medicine Show.
“We are so excited that folks from around the world are interested in what my mom and dad did with their decades in the entertainment business,” said Sandra Scott Whitworth. “We are striving to do what they desired in keeping alive a unique part of American history with the Last Real Old Time Medicine Show founded in 1890.”
Whitworth was a child star dancing, singing and acting on stage, in films and TV in productions with her late parents – Ramblin’ “Doc” Tommy and Frankie Scott (1920-2004). She also starred as a circus aerialist and entertainer with her own circus tent show. She continues he work in entertainment today heading Katona Productions. The company includes the various business endeavors Scott created in his life including music publishing, a record company, a film and television production company – Scott Productions of Hollywood and Katona Pictures, live stage productions and of course, a medicine company.
“We started the effort by partnering with Randall Franks Media to build DocTommyScott.com reflecting the feel of the Medicine Show providing a place where fans can buy his autobiography, music, read stories about my father and mother and even buy a variety of personally autographed pieces of historical memorabilia from throughout the history of the Last Real Old Time Medicine Show highlighting some of its many stars,” she said. “Who knows you might even find something to ease your aches and pains.”
“Doc” Tommy Scott and Randall Franks on the set of PBS documentary “Still Ramblin’.” (Photo: Randall Franks Media)
Randall Franks of Randall Franks Media and Entertainment was Scott’s final co-star on the medicine show and co-author of Scott’s autobiography “Snake Oil, Superstars and Me” with Shirley Noe Swiesz. Franks, who is best known as “Officer Randy Goode” from TV’s “In the Heat of the Night,” is also an International Bluegrass Music Museum Legend and Independent Country Music Hall of Fame inductee.
“I was blessed to find myself in a position to walk in the shoes of stars such as Sunset Carson, Tim McCoy, Ray Whitley, Stringbean Akeman, Carolina Cotton, Johnny Mack Brown, Fuzzy St. John, Clyde Moody, Junior Samples and so many more as the co-star in this historic production,” Franks said. “Tommy was a mentor to me for almost two decades and I am honored to work with his family to ensure folks can enjoy his artistry, talent and unusual flair to find the spotlight for decades to come.”
Millions watched Scott’s 1940s and 50s TV shows the “Ramblin’ Tommy Scott Show” and “Smoky Mountain Jamboree,” his numerous Hollywood films, and his hundreds of TV and radio guest appearances with folks like Johnny Carson, Oprah Winfrey and David Letterman, Franks said.
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Talk Show – “Doc” Tommy Scott Late Night with David Letterman 1982
Ramblin’ Tommy Scott as seen in his 1950s TV series “Smoky Mountain Jamboree.” (Photo: Katona Productions Archives)
“In addition to the website, we have launched a new Ramblin’ “Doc” Tommy Scott YouTube channel. We have initially introduced several hours of exclusive footage from the 1970s to the present,” Franks said. “We hope to continue mining the archives, and I hope to direct some new features to accompany the vintage footage that begins in the 1940s, so viewers will know more about the man, his life, his family.”
Franks directed and produced the 2001 documentary “Still Ramblin’” which aired on PBS stations highlighting Scott’s early career and including a restored version of his western “Trail of the Hawk.”
“Over three million people annually attended our live shows spanning towns and cities across the U.S. and Canada from the 1940s-1990s featuring some of the biggest stars in music, film and television as dad’s guests,” Whitworth said. “Folks often talk about running away with the circus, well in a way as a youth, I did. It was so much fun being part of this adventure and I want others to experience the joy I shared while being part of my parent’s show.”
Through Randall Franks Music, Franks works to get new uses for Scott’s over 500 masters and his more than 300 published songs.
Ramblin’ Tommy Scott with Frankie, Sandra and the Hollywood Hillbillies in “Trail of the Hawk” (Photo: Katona Productions Archives)
According to Franks, thanks to the Katona film and TV archives, they are seeking to bring Scott’s unique flair as a pitchman back through new mediums for new products.
“Tommy sold millions of products in his career, I am sure we may find just the right opportunity that needs a face known around the world which can sell as no one else but “Doc” Tommy Scott can,” Franks said.
Whitworth said the main objective is to introduce generations to come to one of America’s most interesting and colorful entertainers and keep the legacy of work at people’s fingertips.
“It’s all about entertaining, we had some amazing talents on the show. I know mom and dad loved what they did, and they loved the people who worked with us, and those they met who bought tickets, albums, and watched on TV,” she said. “This is just a way for us to keep sharing that love with the generations to come.”
Ramblin’ “Doc” Tommy Scott took over “Doc” Chamberlain’s Medicine Show founded in 1890 in 1938. With it he received a tonic laxative – Herb-O-Lac and Snake Oil liniment, which he soon began marketing via the new medium of radio, later television and through his road show. Scott’s success took he and his show to the Grand Ole Opry and then Hollywood. His variety road show productions featuring country, western, bluegrass and gospel music crisscrossed the U.S. and Canada making over 29,000 appearances from the 1940s until his passing. Among his many musical successes were “Rosebuds and You,” “Rolling in My Sweet Baby’s Arms,” “Mule Train,” “Elly Mae,” “Tennessee,” “You Took My Sunshine,” “Rockin’ and Rollin’,” and “Pollution.”
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International Bluegrass Music Museum Legend “Doc” Tommy Scott appears at the Scopes Trial Festival in Dayton in 2007. (Photo: Butch Lanham)
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News Interview – “Doc” Tommy Scott with Walter Conkrite and Charles Kuralt on CBS Evening News
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