Bubblegum classics - the music and the songs of our lives
I was a big fan of bubblegum music when I was a young kid and teenager, I admit that I still like some of the bubblegum hits of the past. I hope you are not on a sugar free diet; some of these songs can give you cavities.
Buddah Records, was classified as the “home of bubblegum” but other record companies go into it, even Motown. The years between 1966 and 1970 gave us some pop classics.
I'm thinking it was so popular because such music was a way to escape the social problems of the time; civil rights, the Vietnam War, drugs, etc.
I debated including The Monkees, but I think they were more than just bubblegum. I am planning on writing an article on the band. With lots of video clips.
Thank you to the great hubs of Pollyannalana for giving me the idea to do this. She has written some wonderful music hubs, please check them out.
Anyway, I hope you enjoy the selections that I chose, they brought back some great memories.
The Ohio Express - Yummy, Yummy, Yummy (1968)
This is just one of many bubblegum songs recorded by the
Ohio Express. Hearing it , and others of their songs, made my teeth ache.
1910 Fruitgum Company - Simple Simon Says(1968)
I had a friend named Simon when this song was a hit; we
teased him mercilessly about it. This band recorded several bubblegum hits.
Royal Guardsmen - Snoopy and the Red Baron (1966)
I don’t really remember this song from the time it was released but it got lots of airplay on AM radio in the early 70s and I was also into 50s and 60s oldies at that time.
Spanky and Our Gang - Sunday Will Never Be the Same (1967)
This song gives me chills. Elaine "Spanky" McFarlane had one of the best voices in pop music in the 1960s.
The Cowsills - The Rain, the Park, and Other Things (1967)
I had to include the Cowsills, I was a fan in the late 60s. As you know...or maybe don’t...they were the inspiration for the Partridge Family
The Partridge Family - I Think I Love You (1970)
I had a mega crush on David Cassidy, the Partridge Family was the centre of my universe for a few years.
The Archies - Sugar, Sugar (1969)
You could not avoid hearing this song in 1969-1970, it was all over the radio. The Archies also had a television show which featured their songs. Ron Dante was the front man, Andy Kim also sang backup (he became a big star in Canada later).
The Jackson 5 - ABC (1970)
Of course, I had to include the Jackson 5. I loved Michael and Jermaine in 1970. This was a staple song of my grade 8 year, I remember dancing to it at our graduation party.
Donny Osmond - Go Away Little Girl (1971)
I bought the albums but he was always maybe fourth in my heart. A friend and I used to argue who was better DC or DO...
Tommy Roe - Dizzy (1969)
I went through a period of being a big Tommy Roe fan in 1970.
The Cuff Links - Tracy (1969)
I hadn’t heard this song for a while until I rediscovered it
writing this article. It is definitely a bubblegum classic. Hearing it just brightens my day. Ron Dante was also the vocalist on this, according to Wikipedia he sang all the parts in the song.
Boyce and Hart - I Wonder What She's Doing Tonight (1968)
These guys wrote some of the best songs of the 1960s and
1970s, as well as many Monkees songs; they also recorded a couple of bubblegum
classics. Sadly, Tommy Boyce committed suicide in 1994.
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