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Best BUBBLEGUM song?

Old 08-11-05, 08:49 AM
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Best BUBBLEGUM song?

Most come from the 60's - many consider Ohio Express the best, with both Yummy, Yummy, Yummy and Chewy Chewy, and 1910 Fruitgum Company is a close runner-up (Simon Says).

1969's Sugar, Sugar by The Archies was the #1 song of the year, plus you had Tommy Roe with Dizzy that same year (his earlier bubblegum hits include Sweet Pea and Sheila).

Lead singer of The Archies, Ron Dante, also fronted The Cufflinks, who had a Top 5 hit with Tracy the same week Sugar, Sugar was #1.

Would you consider Beach Baby by First Class a bubblegum song or a pop song?

What are some of your favorites?
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In addition to those listed, Ohio Express' "Mercy" is good IMO. Another favorite of mine is "My Baby Loves Lovin" by White Plains.
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discovered a great song!!

Lay A Little Lovin' On Me by Robin McNamara (one hit wonder, whose backing vocals are provided by the cast of Hair, of all things) is a GREAT song, and I just discovered it through a search that accidently lists the artist as Andy Kim & The Archies.

I consulted my Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits and it showed me that it was a #11 hit for McNamara in (I think) '69 or '70. Cute little catchy tune.

Also, I love I'm gonna Make You Mine by Lou Christie, even though I hate the rest of his catalog of songs.

The Cowsills scored a nice bubblegum hit with Indian Lake in '68 (remember that The Cowsills was a family of five kids with their mother, who were later modelled for The Partridge Family)
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I gotta go with "1-2-3 Red Light". Vaguely sinister lyrics if you think about it.
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Old 08-15-05, 11:37 PM
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I have several cds of Bubblegum music put out by Varese Sarabande.

Here's their latest which probably just takes a few off of each cd.

Various Artists
25 All-Time Greatest Bubblegum Hits

Track Listing:

1.Yummy, Yummy, Yummy - Ohio Express
2.Tracy - The Cuff Links
3.I'm A Believer - The Monkees
4.Gimme Gimme Good Lovin' - Crazy Elephant
5.Grooviest Girl In The World, The - The Fun & Games
6.Jam Up Jelly Tight - Tommy Roe
7.Indian Giver - 1910 Fruitgum Co.
8.Wait Till Tomorrow - The Banana Splits
9.Easy Come, Easy Go - Bobby Sherman
10.Knock Three Times - Dawn
11.Smile A Little Smile For Me - The Flying Machine
12.Every Beat Of My Heart - Josie & The Pussycats
13.I Think We're Alone Now - Tommy James & The Shondells
14.Quick Joey Small (Run, Joey, Run) - Kasenetz-atz Singing Orchestral Circus
15.Finders Keepers - Salt Water Taffy
16. Alice Long (You're Still My Favorite Girlfriend) - Tommy Boyce/Bobby Hart
17. Jennifer Tomkins - Street People
18. Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes) - Edison Lighthouse
19. Captain Groovy And His Bubblegum Army - Captain Groovy And His Bubblegum Army
20. Lay A Little Lovin' On Me - Robin McNamara
21. Bubble Gum Music - The Rock And Roll Dubble Bubble Trading Card Company Of Philadlphia 1914
22. My Baby Loves Lovin' - White Plains
23. Funny Funny - Sweet
24. Dancin' (On A Saturday Night) - Barry Blue
25. Sugar Sugar - The Archies

Of these 25 my favorite is

Grooviest Girl In The World, The - The Fun & Games

They have a couple songs on the comps that are great.
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Old 08-15-05, 11:41 PM
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Beach Baby is a great song and it's sung by Tony Burrows. Varese put out a cd of the songs he sang under various band names.

It was Vol. 5 in the series and it looks like these are OOP. Amazon or eBay will provide.

Another great release is the Wombles. A cartoon show from the UK. There's a two or three disc set out there that has an amazing variety of music styles on there.

Also the book "Bubblegum Is The Naked Truth" by Kim Cooper is an excellent read with lots of short stories, lists, etc. Highly recommended.

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"Sugar, Sugar" by far.
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