Back in the Day: The Voice of the Blue Coonhound

Your ears might be bleeding a little after this rendition of “Oh, Clementine,” but just a few bars will make suffice:

You’ve just heard Huckleberry Hound give his Southern drawl rendition of the traditional American western folk ballad written by Percy Montross in 1884.

Sort of.

The blue anthropomorphic Coonhound was one of the main characters of the Yogi Bear franchise, but he got his own gig, “The Huckleberry Hound Show” in 1958, and from that year until 1961, the affable hound was voiced by Toledo, Ohio native, Daws Butler. It’s unlikely any of us would have recognized Butler’s voice from the other characters he played, but he was also the voice of Elroy Jetson, Yogi Bear, BooBoo,  Quick-Draw McGraw, Augie Doggie, Cap’n Crunch, and many others.

Daws Butler held workshops, and one of his star pupils was Nancy Cartwright, later the voice of Bart Simpson on “The Simpsons.”

Daws succumbed to a heart attack in 1988, and in the years that followed his passing, seven actors were required to replace the characters he played in sequels, reboots, and the rebirth of old series, like The Jetsons, for a new generation.

We lacked consent to share the copyright protect image of Huckleberry Hound, but are please to show you the talent of Pablo Romera


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