Is Laughter The Best Medicine?
I can't pin down a starting date for the Doctors (mid 1960's seems most reasonable) . Founding members Charles Lockhart and Fred Coller have passed on, and as of 2005 James Brown was writing his own obituary because of cancer. (There is a nice article on Brown here.) [edit: Brown passed away immediately after that article appeared]
[James T. Brown, MD 48, of Springfield MO, died of cancer on Jan. 24, 2005, in Durham NC, where his son, James Trig Brown, MD 77, practices. A general surgeon, Brown was the founder of the Singing Doctors of Springfield. The group entertained widely with humorous musical shows for nearly 40 years, raising more than $400,000 for scholarships for over 200 medical students. In addition to his son, Brown is survived by a daughter, Mary Louise Brown, SW 76.]
The cast list on this album is: Jim Brown, Charles E. Lockhart, Don F. Gose, F.T. H'Doubler, Jr., Harold H. Lurie, Fred C. Coller, and accompanist Wilfred Adler.
minor trivia: a subset of The Singing Doctors appeared on I've Got A Secret in 1965:
Week 657, 1/11/65
Director: Paul Alter
Program Staff 4: Doris Hibbard
Production Supervisor: Milt Myers
Technical Director: Vernon Gamble
Audio: Larry Schneider
Lighting: Walter Urban
- Artur Ries (see 10/12/64) failed his driving test again.
- Drs. Jim Brown, Charles Lockhart, and Don Gold, Springfield, MO: With three other doctors, they are helping to put 35 students through medical school. "We have raised $70,000 at banquets and medical conventions … by singing." Bess guesses, going third. "The Singing Doctors" then perform "Consultation" using the tunes to "Oh Dear, What Can the Matter Be" and "Stars and Stripes Forever."
The Singing Doctors - On Stage Side 02
Theme, We're Singing Doctors
Now I'm A TV Star and Dahling, That's Showbiz
At Your Cervix
The Message is Massage
Birth Control Pills
Halitosis Beats No Breath At All and Menopause
Hemorrhoids and Closing Theme