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Red Buttons Winter Hat

Red Buttons Winter Hat Entertainment Busy Beaver Button Museum
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Red Buttons Winter Hat back Entertainment Busy Beaver Button Museum
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HEE-HEE HO-HO HOO-HOO RED BUTTONS
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Photograph of Red Buttons wearing a winter hat in the center with white text and stars surrounding on red background.

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Union bug

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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 movie career from 1944-2005 including The Poseidon Adventure. He had a TV variety show from 1952-1955. In 1953, he recorded a hit record, “Strange Things are Happening/The Ho-Ho Song.”

This button misquotes “The Ho-Ho Song” refrain. It actually goes, “Ho-Ho, He-He, Hoo-Hoo.” (It’s also on YouTube if you want to hear it.) Whether that was a printing error or a way to not quite infringe on copyright I’m not sure. Either way, it’s a red button about Red Buttons.

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1953 HITS ARCHIVE: The Ho Ho Song - Red Buttons. YouTube. (2020). Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WKlA1TIYsPw.

Red Buttons. En.wikipedia.org. (2020). Retrieved from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_Buttons.

 

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EN0575
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