Yep, rumor has it that they were all from the good ol' Animation Department of the Walt Disney Studios. Did ya know they were on Walt's original television broadcast, "One Hour In Wonderland"? Yep. They surely were. That was way back in 1950...
These fellers were downright good at that good ol' Dixieland Jazz...
Let see...the original five plus two were Frank Thomas, Clarke Mallery, Ward Kimball, Harper Goff, Danny Alguire, Monte Mountjoy, and Ed Penner. Later more fellers joined in...George Bruns, Jimmy MacDonald, Ralph Ball, Dick Roberts, and George Probert.
They became quite famous over the years. Many TV shows and albums and such.
I think they may have made mor'n one appearance at Disneyland over the years...I know they were in that live openin' day broadcast...on July 17th, 1955.
They became a wonderful part of Disneyland history too, I reckon.
Adios for now. Talk to ya on down the trail.
Wild Ol' Dan