Get those vocal cords warmed up—not for singing, but for something just as melodious—celebrating National Kazoo Day! On this day, we pay homage to the quirky yet delightful, not-so-secret superstar of the instrument world - the kazoo. You might be surprised to learn that the humble kazoo holds an exceptional place in our hearts and internet searches, with plenty of fun facts and tributes buzzing around, just like its sound.
It's national kazoo day on the 29th January.
Did you ever wonder why the good old kazoo is celebrated on January 29th with so much enthusiasm online? It's no coincidence it's so joyful! We found 4344 mentions online of kazoo lovers humming their tunes out loud on January 29th – a day that will forever be remembered as National Kazoo Day. And in 2020, the internet absolutely peaked in kazoo love with the most mentions we've ever recorded.
The kazoo might look like a toy – and it often is – but it has come a long way since its invention in the 19th century. Originally used by African tribes, the kazoo was picked up by a chap named Alabama Vest who turned humming into a symphonic experience. And it's been a hit ever since!
Kazoos are the ultimate leveler. One doesn't need any formidable musical skills to play a kazoo, cos everyone can hum! They can even turn a singing disaster into a charming musical performance. A kazoo in your pocket and a smile on your face is the perfect combination for National Kazoo Day.
The kazoo was invented by an African-American named Alabama Vest in Macon, Georgia. It was initially called the 'Down South Submarine' and was a variation of an African musical instrument made from gourds.
In this year, an application for a patent for the kazoo was submitted by Alabama Vest's partner, Thaddeus Von Clegg, a German clockmaker. The patent for the 'Improvement in Musical Instruments' was granted on May 27th, 1852.
During the 1870s, the kazoo gained popularity in minstrel shows and vaudeville performances. The novelty of its sound and ease of use made it a hit with both performers and audiences.
The Kazoo Manufacturing Company was established in Eden, New York, by Emil Sorg, an entrepreneur who saw the potential of the instrument. The company became known for its high-quality kazoos and helped popularize the instrument further.
By this year, the kazoo had become a mass-produced instrument. The 'Original American Kazoo' was being advertised in catalogs and available for purchase in stores. Its affordability and novelty led to increased adoption.
In the 1960s, kazoos made their way into popular music. Songs like 'Do You Believe in Magic' by The Lovin' Spoonful featured kazoos prominently. Their unique sound added a playful and distinctive element to the music.
To celebrate the kazoo's cultural significance and enjoyment, National Kazoo Day was established on January 28th in the United States. It is a day for people to play, appreciate, and share the joy of the kazoo.
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