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Listen to WJHO’s broadcast of the 1962 ‘Beat Clemson’ pep rally


Smilin’ Jack Smollon did more than record the best Auburn ditties of his day and interpret current events in his weekly column for the Opelika-Auburn News (which included the lyrics to his “to the tune of” songs). He was also — judging by this and other material discovered in the dusty reel-to-reels salvaged from behind the dumpster of WJHO in Opelika that virtually no one has heard in nearly 50 years — a pioneer in Auburn Spirit field recordings.

And a gifted interviewer:

Who we got here?

Mailon Kent.

Boy, you did a tremeoundous job last week.

Thank you, sir.

I bet your really enjoyed it, too.

Yes sir, I always enjoy beating Georgia Teyech.

… Mailon are you married?

No sir.

Are you going steady?

Yessir, I have a girlfriend, Sue Ellen Robbins.

She’s a beautiful girl.

Thank you, sir.

I think you make a wonderful couple. Lots of luck, I hope you go all the way….

Flubber up the pigskin and save Medfield – the results are positively Disneyian!  And thanks to Mailon Kent and Jimmy Sidle and the rabid support of the student body, Auburn did B-E-A-T beeeeeeeeaaaaatt Clemson, 17-14.

Just listen to that…. how could they not have? Are you ready?

Count off.

Cover courtesy Clyde Kingry. You can check out our growing Phil Neel archives (including the disturbing Clemson connection) here.

Related: Clobber Mississippi State with Smilin’ Jack Smollon.

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