Go-Go Dancer Big Lulu (Bertha) and Gospel Corn! Vintage Sleaze Country Fried Hee Haw
Remember Hee Haw? There were lots of comely country creatures stuffed into Dukes of Hazard jeans on the show, but the least likely one to have been a "go go" dancer was big Lulu Roman.
That's right. Lulu Roman was a "go-go" dancer.
I have searched the internet cornfield high and extra-wide for a picture of Lulu boot-scootin' in white thigh-highs but to no avail. I guess the light was dim in the places she danced.
It's all right...what if I had turned up photos of George "Goober" Lindsay, Grandpa Jones or Minnie Pearl gyrating instead? (That wasn't another rare Eastern states earthquake, it was me shuddering.)
Since Lulu's schtick on the show was "baby girl" dresses, I am going to suspect her dancing act was similar...so you can picture that instead of an actual picture.
Lulu wasn't your average "go-go" dancer...she was a "go-go" dancer in DALLAS and was born in 1946. I don't know the legal "go-go" dancer age in Dallas, Texas, but Jack Ruby might have. Of course Lulu couldn't have danced in a Ruby club since she has not died a mysterious death.
Anyway, you know what happens to "go-go" dancers when they "go go" Hollywood? In Lulu's case, she created one big Bertha-sized drama of a life with arrests, drugs, an unmarried pregnancy and such. You know...your standard country (and Hollywood) life. Lulu may have been in love with Junior Samples on the show, but what she really loved was drugs. Consequently Hee Haw had to dump her from the show.
Thank God the Governor of Texas pardoned Lulu and thank God she found God. Her corn-fed conversion led to a return to Hee-Haw and later a performance on the ever-tolerant Anita Bryant Spectacular in 1980!
After having her stomach stapled, Lulu now tours as a gospel singer. Oh...I did find ONE picture of Lulu dancing, and here it is. Watch the usually great Buck Owens ruin the Bob Wills / Willie Nelson classic "Stay a Little Longer" to see Lulu briefly bust a move, Square dance style.