Why the Kazoo is America's Secret Musical Weapon

The saying goes that in the 1840s a man from Georgia named Alabama Vest drew an imaginary

musical instrument and gave the drawing to German watch maker Thaddeus Von Clegg.

We don't know if this story is true, but the end product would be the world's first kazoo.

It was debuted at the Georgia State Fair in 1852.

Currently in Beaufort, South Carolina,

one can learn the entire history of this little hornet at the Kazoo Museum.

This is also home to the only American manufacturing plant of plastic kazoos, Kazoobie Kazoos.

Everything here at Kazoobie Kazoos is done individually by hand.

Polypropylene plastic is a medical

grade plastic that will not shatter and break.

The resonator is polyethylene plastic, it won't mildew or mold.

This is the resonator punch.

Custom kazoo packaging.

Kazoobie Kazoos is an international Internet business.

We do sell almost a million plastic kazoos a year.

Every other day there is a plastic kazoo that goes to another country, which averages

out to be about 5,000 plastic kazoos a day.

You can find the kazoo in many popular songs

as well, like "Lovely Rita," from the Beatles, "Concrete Schoolyard," by Jurassic 5, "Rollercoaster,"

by Red Hot Chili Peppers, "Steal My Body Home," by Beck and "Crosstown Traffic," by Jimi Hendrix.

It's safe to say the kazoo is a real American instrument.