Sons of the Desert

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Sons of the Desert EscutionIn 1933 Laurel and Hardy made a film called 'The Sons of the Desert ' in which they sneak off to a convention and pledge there loyalties to the national lodge of The Sons of the Desert.

60 years on, thousands of Laurel and Hardy fans from all over the world celebrate the lives, and work of Stan and 'Babe'.

The Sons of The Desert ' -The Laurel and Hardy Appreciation Society was originally founded in 1965 by John McCabe [ Author of various books on the comedy duo - see books page for listing ],Al Kilgore ,Chuck McCann ,Orson Bean ,and John Municino. The first meeting took place on the 14th May 1965 at the 'Three Lions' pub in New York city .

The Sons of the Desert was fully backed by Stan Laurel, who contributed to the constitution , which sets out the guidelines of the society.

As the membership grew, different cities started their own branch of the appreciation society, each branch or 'tent ' as it is commonly known, takes it's name after a Laurel and Hardy film. Each 'tent' holds meetings at regular intervals, some have monthly get-together's while others have 2 meetings a year. At every meeting films are shown, quiz's take place,,members raise a glass and 'toast' Stan, Babe, Fin, Charlie Hall and Mae Busch and members sing the Sons of the Desert anthem.Some tents even sell memorabilia, including autographs, tee-shirts, film stills etc.

If you would like to know the nearest United Kingdom tent to you click here , or if you are not from the UK To find out your nearest tent  in your country click  here

Every two years different tents bid to hold the international convention.

When and where the international conventions were held :

YEAR

CITY/STATE

TENT HOST

1978

CHICAGO / ILLINOIS

BACON GRABBERS

1980

HOLLYWOOD / CALIFORNIA

WAY OUT WEST

1982

DETROIT / MICHIGAN

DANCING CUCKOOS

1984

LONDON / ENGLAND

HELPMATES

1986

PHILADELPHIA / PENNSYLVANIA

TWO TARS

1988

SAINT PAUL / MINNESOTA

BLOCKHEADS

1990

CLEARWATER / FLORIDA

BOOBS IN THE WOODS

1992

LAS VEGAS / NEVADA

JITTERBUGS

1994

TERRYTOWN / NEW YORK

SONS OF THE DESERT

1996

AT SEA IN THE CARIBBEAN

TREE IN A TEST TUBE

1998

BIRMINGHAM / ENGLAND

LAUGHING GRAVY

2000

TACOMA / WASHINGTON

BEAU HUNKS

2002

NASHVILLE / TENNESSEE

SCRAM

2004

COLUMBUS / OHIO

PERFECT DAY

2006

HARLEM / GEORGIA

BERTH MARKS

2008

AMSTERDAM / HOLLAND

PERFECT DAY

As well as internatinal conventions, conventions are held in Europe and in the UK every year. Most follow the same format with everybody linking their arms and singing out aloud " We are the Sons of the Desert "

Lyrics to 'The Sons of the Deset '

Sons of the Desert

We are the Sons of the Desert

Having the time of our lives,

Marching along , two thousand strong ,

Far from our sweethearts and wives ,

God bless them ,

Tramp , tramp , tramp the boys are marching ,

And dancing to this melody

Dah ...dah..dah...dah..dah..

Dah...dah...dah...dah...dah ..

Sons of the desert are we

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