Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Bubblegum is Sweet

Today in Music History:

In 1979 Sid Vicious, the Sex Pistols' bassist, is found dead in a Manhattan apartment of a heroin overdose. At the time he was facing a second-degree murder charge for the fatal knifing of his girlfriend, Nancy Spungen.
Let's be not so serious and enjoy the sugary sweet sounds of bubblegum. Back in the late 60's when music was drifting towards an edgier sound, Buddah Records house producers Jerry Kasenetz and Jeff Katz came up with the bubblegum concept and enlisted anonymous studio musicians to record lightweight, fluffy pop songs figuring not everyone was into the tuning in, turning on thing. The formula worked and the Kasenetz-Katz team scored their first major hit, the 1968 Top Five smash "Simon Says," launching the bubblegum craze; that same year they also scored with the singles "1, 2, 3 Red Light" and "Goody Goody Gumdrops," all three issued as title tracks from the group's first trio of LPs. At the same time they had launched the Ohio Express and vocalist Joey Levine was doing double duty in both bands. For about two years this pop bubblegum craze was raking in the dough, but by 1969 it had all but died. You have to admit that you just can't help but sing a long when you hear one of these tunes. To this day I enjoys me a little catchy pop tune. Remember that catchy Mmm Bop song.

1, 2, 3, Redlight by 1910 Fruitgum Co
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That was so yummy, might as well give up one from the sibling of the fruitgummers.

Down at Lulu's by the Ohio Express
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My goodness what would one hit wonder Wednesday be like if I didn't include a classic one hit treasure.

Winchester Cathedral by New Vaudeville Band
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