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There are many Bubblegum groups, but the history would not be complete without Buddah Records.
The Lemon Pipers
Now Buddah, for me was basically, Jerry Kasenetz and Jerry Katz. There first hit was with a group called the “Lemon Pipers”, the group very reluctantly agreed to record “Green Tambourine” late in 1967.
Lemon Pipers – Green Tambourine
As is always the way, in February 1968 it was #1 and huge hit. Yes, I owned that recording, but the two groups I remember best where, Ohio Express and 1910 Fruitgum Company…
Jeckell & the Hydes became the 1910 Fruitgum Company. Under the total control of Kasenetz/Katz their first release was huge, “Simon Says“, patterned after Wooly Booly.
1910 Fruitgum Company – Simon Says
It reached # 4, but I just read somewhere that it has sold 5 million copies to date, yes Bubblegum.
Note that they where NOT a one hit wonder; “123 Red Light” went to #5 and “Indian Giver” went to #5.
1910 Fruitgum Company – 123 Red Light
1910 Fruitgum Company – Indian Giver
But as with all of these groups, they were totally company controlled and different band members for the last two albums; that’s the way Buddah operated.
Musically, Buddah would not win any awards, but for successful productions they where great. I think the greatest producer might have been Phil Spector, but these guys where good.