|Text on Button||HEE-HEE HO-HO HOO-HOO RED BUTTONS|
Photograph of Red Buttons wearing a winter hat in the center with white text and stars surrounding on red background.
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|Curl Text||EMPRESS SPEC CO. 22 JONES ST., N.Y. 14|
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Red Buttons was born as Aaron Chwatt in New York in 1919. He got a job as an entertaining bellhop at a Bronx tavern at age 16. There, the orchestra leader started calling him “Red Buttons” due to his red hair and the bellhop uniform. A stage name was created. Buttons had a movie career from 1944-2005 including The Poseidon Adventure. He had his own TV variety show from 1952-1955. In 1953, he recorded a hit record, “Strange Things are Happening/The Ho-Ho Song.”
This artifact misquotes the “The Ho-Ho Song” refrain as actual lyrics list, “Ho-Ho, He-He, Hoo-Hoo.”