Following the release of the Beau Hunks' albums of Hal Roach music in 1993, artist Robert Crumb wrote them a fan letter containing the much-quoted phrase, "This is music I've been looking for ALL MY LIFE!"

On June 16, 1998 Crumb visited the Beau Hunks' headquarters to view some rare Hal Roach shorts and to give his opinions on Leroy Shield on-camera.

"Shield's music was the thing that first got me interested in old music. I was hearing those when I was a kid on TV. As a kid, you don't know what it is or where it comes
from or why you don't hear it anyplace else, you don't understand any of that. I searched for that music from my childhood to the time that I discovered old 78s; it was a real revelation that there was similar music on those old records.

It's my favorite music of all time. I never get tired of it. It still thrills me every time I hear it. When we were just walking in here and you turned that video on and I heard that music, it just immediately— psssscht!—grabs your ear... incredible! When you first put together those splicings of complete versions, it was so thrilling to hear those tunes all the way through, because they ruthlessly cut them off in those films…

What Shield did in 1930 represents years and years of dance orchestra music in the '20s. The way I see it, all that dance music of the period reaches this peak of intensity right around 1930, and then kind of starts to taper off afterward. There was a flowering of creativity, and he was right there at the top of the whole thing. I'm sure he didn't even realize it.

It's hard to say how many other guys could have been at the right place at the right time. He just happened to be at a place where someone said, 'Okay, we need a bunch of tunes for these films.'

I guess Shield was not a guy who was too concerned with getting credit for what he did; he just did it as a job, and then went out and played golf. There's a certain kind of Indian shaman (medicine man) that always works his magic behind the scenes. I guess that's what Shield was."

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