Howdy Doody Show And Theme Writer Edward Kean Dead At 85
Even if you didn’t grow up watching Buffalo Bob, you surely know the Howdy Doody theme song. Edward Kean wrote for the show until 1954, created its theme song, and helped create Howdy in his own image.
The New York City native wrote the song “It’s Howdy Doody Time,” which was sung during the show’s opening. He had a major role in developing the characters and their personalities, and created the exclamation, “kowabunga,” made popular by one of the show’s characters and borrowed by Bart Simpson, the animated problem child on the long-running comedy “The Simpsons.”
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