From the Land of Band Box Records

The Flying Saucer and those Wacky Break-In’s….

The Zany Novelty of Buchanan and Goodman…

Buchanan & Goodman – Early Days

Bill Buchanan and Dickie Goodman teamed up in 1956 releasing a two sided novelty called “The Flying Saucer Parts 1 and 2”.

The label was founded by the two young men, first called “Universe” but quickly changed when it was learned that there was another label by that name.  “Luniverse” certainly was an appropriate selection for most of the material to follow on the label.

Rather oddly, the R&B group The Del Vikings would land temporarily on “Luniverse” cutting the only long play released by Buchanan and Goodman on that label.  The Del Viking’s original manager, Barry Kaye, was looking to cash in on the nine tracks he had in his possession from a session with the group when they were associated with his Pittsburgh Fee Bee label.

The effort was thwarted shortly after the LP was released when Dot Records threatened a lawsuit – Although it was released only a few copies made it into the record shops, that was the end of the line for the Del Viking LP.  Original copies are valuable but beware of a 1970 reproduction.  The 1970 version contains 10 tracks vs. the original nine.Image result for buddy lucas musician

The Del Vikings had one 45 released on Luniverse “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” b/w “Hey Senorita” in 1957.  Buddy Lucas and “The Casual Three” were the only two other acts to release singles.  The “Casual Three” in reality were Dickie Goodman working incognito.

Buddy Lucas fronted his own band and played saxophone.  He also fronted “Buddy Lucas & His Shouters” and he backed many artists as a session musician.

Buchanan and Goodman were childhood friends out of Long Island, New York.  They attempted to break into the recording business as song composers and knocked on doors and made phones calls to no avail.

They were reportedly inspired by a 1955 hit from the Platters, “The Great Pretender” with the line “Too real is this feeling of make believe” which they related to a tabloid newspaper shocking headline exclaiming that the “Flying Saucers Are Real!”

Bill became the “DJ” on the recording (which was changed to “The Flying Saucer”) and Dickie assumed the role of the “man-on-the-street”.  Then, 19 extracts from hit songs were inserted into the rapid exchange between DJ and reporter.

The record was a big success hitting number 3 on the Billboard Charts in the Summer of 1956.  Buchanan and Goodman would chart two additional times as a team with “Buchanan and Goodman On Trial” (number 80 in November of 1956) and then “Flying Saucer The 2nd” (number 18, in the Summer of 1957).

There would only be one additional charting Luniverse recording “Santa and The Satellite Parts 1 and 2” reaching number 32 in early 1958.  The DJ on this recording was Pat Sherman.

In 1956 the New York recording establishment wanted nothing to do with Buchanan and Goodman’s strange recording.  And so they decided to go straight to “The Man”.  They visited radio station WINS with their tape, and were received favorable by none other than Alan Freed.  He played the record – the phone lines lit up – A hit was born!

On a side note – the novelty was also highly inspired by Orson Welles classic terrifying broadcast “The War of the Worlds” back in 1938.  Why not?

In an odd effort to secure another “hit” the pair released the same recording with the title “Back to Earth” hoping to persuade to purchase the recording for a second time!

Out of Bounds in Outer Space

Almost before the record started spinning on radio stations, Buchanan and Goodman found themselves in hot water.  They were hit with a lawsuit by a layer representing multiple publishing companies.

Then – another twist – Many publishers were miffed by being excluded from their break-in hit – when it was discovered that recordings contained in the record were actually experiencing increased or revived sales!

The suit was simply put to bed when Buchanan and Goodman agreed to pay a few cents to each publisher represented on their big hit.

It seemed that things were settled but both Chess and Imperial Records continued with a suit of their own – with the Imperial artists Fats Domino and Smiley Lewis both pressing hard for fiscal damages.

All was finally settled when a judge found in favor of Buchanan and Goodman citing that “paraody” or “satire” was a protected form of speech and acknowledging the favorable publicity gained by include songs.

After all of this, Buchanan and Goodman had some fun with the threatened suits releasing “Buchanan and Goodman On Trial” with a jury comprised of the Martians who had invaded earth on “The Flying Saucer”.  Initially they released the “Trial” record with yet another dig at Fats – alluding to him as “Skinny Dynamo” using a clip from “I’m In Love Again” but then decided to give him a break – replacing the clip with one from “The Green Door” by Jim Lowe.

Copy Cats

As could be expected, imitators starting popping up – one of the first being “Noel and His Outer Spacemen recording on Aladdin Records – releasing the very same song – both parts 1 and 2!

Then the guy who gave them a break got into the act with “The Space Man” composed by Freed and Steve Allen – a guy who was always up for a good spoof.

Syd Lawrence and Friends would do “The Answer to The Flying Saucer – U.F.O. (Men From Mars)”.  This track had the double audacity of actually using actual clips from “The Flying Saucer” and as well as a challenge to Buchanan and Goodman to “Sue us later, alligator!”

Other imitators included “Marty”, Dave Barry with Sara Berner and the “Mad Martians”.

No Banana’s for Goodman

Their next effort was called “The Banana Boat Story” a parody of “The Banana Boat Song” this time clipping from TV commercials.  Billboard magazine panned the release and it promptly disappeared – with very little air-play.

During his time with Luniverse – Goodman teamed up with Bob Ancell for one release in 1957, another break-in “The Creature (From A Science Fiction Movie)” b/w “Meet The Creature (From a Science Fiction Movie)” November, 1957 – on Flying Saucer Records – It managed to chart briefly at number 85.

By 1959 it was time for Bill Buchanan to move on from partner Dickie Goodman.

In 1964, Goodman would team up with his friend and fellow composer of note out of the “Brill Building” Howie Greenfield releasing “The Invasion” b/w “What a Lovely Party” – which was met with silence – after all – The Beatles had arrived by then.

(For Greenfield think of many Neil Sedaka songs – as co-writer “Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen” and “Breakin’ Up is Hard to Do” and then other big hits such as the Everly Brothers’ “Crying in the Rain”, the Shirelles “Foolish Little Girl”, Connie Francis’ “Everybody’s Somebody’s Fool” & “Breakin’ In A Brand New Broken Heart” (and many others), Jimmy Clanton’s “Venus in Blue Jeans” and Brenda Lee’s “Your Used to Be”.)

Neil Sedaka with Howie Greenfield

Backing up a bit – in 1962 – Bill teamed up with composer/musician Jack Keller to create Bobby Vee’s hit “Please Don’t Talk About Barbara” which reached number 15.  “Barbara” is one of my very favorite of Vee’s hits and made me think Goodman should have given that direction a bit more of a try.

(Jack Keller was a co-composer on the Colorado group, The Astronauts’ “Go Fight For Her”)

Perhaps he did in his own mind – He had songs recorded by or for The Three Stooges, Susan Smith, Joel Langran, The Little Toy Band and Eddie Platt and His Orchestra – Not exactly top of the pops artists.  He teamed up with Keller again in 1963 writing “Cry On My Shoulder” for Johnny Crawford – but this time – no cigar.

It is reported here and there on the internet that Dickie Goodman was 20th Century Records’ president for a time – but this is just a rumor – proven to be not true.

And Dickie? A Sad Ending…

Dickie Goodman was true to the novelty genre – writing, producing or performing a non-stop stream of goofy tracks all the way into the 1980’s – A selective discography of his involvement is presented below.  Can you imagine more than 30 years composing and performing break-in’s and novelty tracks?  In a way, Goodman’s body of work was a reflection of our society and culture and current events.

It is always puzzling to those of us on the outside when we learn about a tragic ending to a performer or personality.  Dickie Goodman took his own life on November 6th, 1989 committing suicide via gunshot

Selected Dickie Goodman and Bill Buchanan Discography

Recordings composed, performed or produced by Buchanan & Goodman (or an artist/group who appeared on their label):

1956 – Buchanan & Goodman – Luniverse 101 -The Flying Saucer Parts 1 and 2 – Charted Number 3

1956 – Buchanan & Goodman – Luniverse 101X – Back to Earth – (a second release of “The Flying Saucer)

1956 – Buchanan & Goodman – Luniverse 102 – Buchanan and Goodman On Trial – Charted Number 80 – b/w Crazy

1956 – The Sonnets – Herald 477 – Why Should We Break Up
(Composed by Dickie Goodman)

1957 – Buchanan & Goodman – Luniverse 103 – The Banana Boat Story b/w The Mystery (In Slow Motion)

1957 – Buddy Lucas – Luniverse 104 – Star-Dust b/w Bo-Lee

1957 – Buchanan & Goodman – Luniverse – Flying Saucer the 2nd – Charted Number 18 – b/w Martian Melody (by “The Martian Symphony Orchestra)

1957 – The Del-Vikings – Luniverse 106 – Somewhere Over the Rainbow b/w Hey Senorita

1957 – Buchanan & Goodman with Paul Sherman – Santa & The Satellite Part 1 & Part 2 – Charted Number 32
(Paul Sherman recorded another break-in recording as “Friar Tuck” – will be included in a future Novelty Break-In page)

1957 – Jo-Ann Campbell – Eldorado 504 – Forever Young b/w Come On Baby
(Label owned by Buchanan and Goodman – A side composed by Goodman)

1957 Buchanan and Ancell – Flying Saucer 501 – The Creature (From a Science Fiction Movie b/w Meet the Creature (From a Science Fiction Movie)

1958 – Buchanan & Goodman – Luniverse 108 – The Flying Saucer Goes West b/w Saucer Serenade (by “The Saucer Men”)

1958 – The Casual Three – Luniverse 109 – The Invisible Thing b/w Some Other Fellow
(This would be the final Luniverse release)

1958 – Frankie Sardo – ABC Paramount 9963 – Class Room
(Co writer Dickie Goodman)

1958 – Bill Buchanan – Gone 5032 – The Thing b/w Oh Happy Day

1958 – The Three Stooges – Golden EP 623 – The Three Stooges Sing Happy Yuletide Songs
(Bill Buchanan composer and producer)

1959 – The Three Stooges and Orchestra – Golden 561 EP – Happy Yuletide Songs
(Bill Buchanan composer and producer)

1959 – Buchanan and Cella Cast Of Thousands – ABC-Paramount 10,033 – String Along with Pal-O-Mine b/w More String Along With Pal-O-Mine/Still More String Along With Pal-O-Mine (EP)

1959 – The Prancers – Guaranteed 204 – Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer b/w Short Short ‘Nin

1959 – Spencer & Spencer – Gone 5053 – Stagger Lawrence b/w Stroganoff Cha Cha
(Dickie Goodman)

1959 – Spencer & Spencer – Argo 5331 – Russian Band Stand – Charted Number 83 – b/w Brass Wail
(Dickie Goodman)

1960 – Val E. Forge – Strand 25022 – Paul Revere b/w Oh Susanna Rock

1960 – The Missles – Novel 200 – Space Ship b/w We Belong Together (“The Missles” was Dickie Goodman)

1960 – Sylvester Statuslack Hup – Triodex 101 – Theme From the Pad Parts 1 and 2

1960 – The Challengers – Triodex 102 – Lazy Twist b/w Goofus

1960 – Johnny Power – Triodex 103 – A Teenager Prayer b/w A Young Boy’s Heart

1961 – Dickie Goodman – The Touchables in Brooklyn – Charted Number 42 – b/w Mystery

1961 – Dickie Goodman – Rori 601 – Horror Movies b/w Whoa Mule

1961 – Dickie Goodman – Rori 602 – Berlin Top Ten – Charted Number 116 – b/w Little Tiger

1961 – Dickie Goodman – Mark-X 8009 – The Touchables – Charted Number 60 – b/w Martian Melodies

1961 – Cathy Caroll – Triodex 104 – Cry b/w He’s Famous

1961 – Lenny Stone – Triodex 105 – Are You Wonesome Tonight b/w Enormity In Motion

1961 – Phil Gary & The Catalinas – Bobby Layne b/w June 30th

1961 – The Challengers – Triodex 107 – Cry of the Wild Goose b/w Deadline

1961 – The Castle Sisters – Triodex 108 – Love Me b/w Bad Boy

1961 – Kurt Knudsen – Triodex 109 – Heartbreak Hotel b/w Jimmy Crack Corn

1961 – Cathy Caroll – Triodex 110 – Jimmy Love b/w Deep In A Young Boy’s Heart

1961 – The Castle Sisters – Triodex 111 – Treasure of Love b/w Come With Me

1961 – James McCarthur – Triodex 112 – (The Story Of) The In-Between Years Part 1 b/w (The Story Of) The In-Between Years Part 2

1961 – Cathy Carroll – Triodex 113 – Every Leaf That Falls b/w I’ll Light A Candle


1962 – The Visions – Triodex 115 – Peace of Mind b/w Too Much of a Good Thing

1962 – Dickie Goodman – Diamond 119 – Ben Crazy – Charted Number 44 – b/w Flip Side
“Flip Side” is actually the Goodman tune “Crazy” sped up and can be heard by playing at 33 1/3 rpm)

1962 – Joel Langran  – Rori 714 – I Really Wanted To Be A Singar

1962 – Susan Smith – Dynamic 502 – A Letter From Susan b/w Will You Love Me When I’m Old?
(This is Dickie Goodman’s wife)

1962 – Bill Buchanon – United Artists 531 – Beware b/w The Night Before Halloween

1962 – Bobby Vee – Liberty 55419 – Please Don’t Ask About Barbara – Charted Number 15

1963 – Buchanan & Goodman – United Commonwealth Recording Company – Flying Saucer the 2nd

1963 – Dickie Goodman – 20th Century Fox 443 – Senate Hearing – Charted Number 116 – b/w Lock Up

1964 – Buchanan & Greenfield – Novel 711 – The Invasion – Charted Number 120 b/w What A Lovely Party

1964 – Jekyll and Hyde – DCP International 1111 – My Baby Loves Monster Movies b/w Them From a Whodunit
(Dickie Goodman and Bill Ramal) – Ramal conspired often with Dickie Goodman on the wacky break-in’s.  He was a jazz musician – a sax player by trade – who worked with a wide variety of artists and including producing and playing on recordings by Johnny & The Hurricanes and Del Shannon.)

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Bill Ramal

1964 – Dickie Goodman – Audio Spectrum 75 – Presidential Interview (Flying Saucer ’64) b/w Paul Revere

1964 – Jekyll and Hyde – DCP International – Frankenstein Meets the Beetles b/w Dracula Drag

1965 – Dickie Goodman – Twirl 2015 – James Bomb b/w Seventh Theme (by the Dickie Goodman Orchestra)

1966 – Dickie Goodman – Red Bird 10-058 – Batman and His Grandmother – Charted Number 70 – b/w Suspense

1968 – Jackie Kannon – Roulette 7020 – The Space Girl b/w Very Interesting

1968 – The Pennsylvania Players – Oron 101 – Washington Uptight b/w The Cat
(This is Dickie Goodman once again – the “none other…”)

1969 – Capitol 2470 – The Hi-Lads Featuring Ralph Michaels – The Modify b/w Live a Little
(Kornfield was involved here – He was the promoter for the Woodstock Festival in 1969)

Artie Kornfield

1969 – Dickie Goodman – Cotique 158 – On Campus – Charted Number 45 – b/w My Victrola (by Joey Pastrana)

1969 – Dickie Goodman – Cotique 173 – Luna Trip – Charted Number 95 – b/w My Victrola

1969 – Susanna Smith – Bang 569 – Sarah Jane b/w St. Marks & Third
(Susanna is Dickie Goodman’s wife)

1969 – The Saxophone Circus – Avco Embassy 4501 – Isadore’s Theme b/w The Lion Sleeps Tonight

1969 – Jose De La Vega – Slew 451 – Coffee, Tea or Cuba b/w Ode To A Highjacker

1970 – The Glass Bottle – Avco Embassy 4526 – Sorry Suzanne b/w Velvet
(The Glass Bottle was a ‘straight’ endeavor by Goodman)

1970 – The Glass Bottle – Avco Emassy 4540 – Mama, Don’t You Wait Up For Me b/w The First Time

1970 – The Glass Bottle – Avco Embassy 4547 – Love For Living (promo shown)

1971 – The Glass Bottle – Avco Embassy 4575 – Things b/w I Ain’t Got Time Anymore – Charted Number 36

1971 – The Glass Bottle – Avco Embassy 4584 – The Girl Who Loved Me – Charted Number 87 – When b/w Because She’s Mine Again

1971 – Dickie Goodman and Ruthie – Ramgo 501 – Speaking of Ecology b/w Dayton’s Theme

1972 – The Glass Bottle – Avco Embassy 4592 – Don’t It Make You Feel So Good b/w I Love You (More Than You Love Me)

1973 – John and Ernest – Rainy Wednesday 201 – Super Fly Meets Shaft b/w Super Fly Meets Shaft Part 2

1973 – John and Ernest – Rainy Wednesday 201 Variation – Super Fly Meets Shaft – Charted Number 32 –  b/w Problems

1973 – Dickie Goodman – Rainy Wednesday 202 – Watergate – Charted Number 42 – b/w Friends

1973 – John & Ernest – Rainy Wednesday – Soul President Number One b/w Crossover

1973 – Dickie Goodman – Rainy Wednesday – The Purple People Eater – Charted Number 119 – b/w Ruthie’s Theme

1973 – Dickie Goodman – Rainy Wednesday 205 – The Constitution b/w The End

1974 – Dickie Goodman – Rainy Wednesday 206 – Energy Crisis ’74 – Charted Number 33 – b/w Ruthie’s Theme – The Mistake (2nd version)

1974 – Dickie Goodman – Rainy Wednesday 207 – Mr. President – Charted Number 73 b/w Popularity

1974 – Dickie Goodman – Rainy Wednesday 208 – Gerry Ford, A Special Report b/w Robert

1974 – Dickie Goodman – Rainy Wednesday 209 – Inflation In The Nation b/w Jon and Jed’s Nation

1975 – Dickie Goodman – Cash 451 – Mr. Jaws – Charted Number 4 – b/w Irv’s Theme

1977 – Dickie Goodman – Shock 6 – Kong – Charted Number 48 – b/w Ed’s Tune

1977 – Dickie Goodman – Janus 271 – Star Warts b/w The Boy’s Tune

1978 – Dickie Goodman – Shark 1001 – Mrs. Jaws b/w Chomp Chomp

1979 – Dickie Goodman – Shark 1002 – Super, Superman b/w Chomp Chomp

1979 – Dickie Goodman – Hotline 1017 – Energy Crisis ’79 b/w Pain

1980 – Dickie Goodman – Prelude 8018 – Election ’80 b/w Election ’80

1981 – Dickie Goodman – Wacko 1001 – Mr. President b/w Dancin’ U.S.A.

1981 – Dickie Goodman – Wacko 1002 – Super-Duper Man b/w Robert’s Tune

1981 – Dickie Goodman – Wacko 1381 – America ’81 (short version) b/w America ’81 (long version)

1982 – Dickie Goodman – Montage 1220 – Hey E.T. b/w The Ride of Paul Revere

1982 – Dickie Goodman – Extran 601 – Hey, E.T. b/w Get a Job

1983 – Dickie Goodman – Attack of the Z-Monster b/w Mystery (written by Dickie’s wife Susan)

1983 – Dickie Goodman – Rhino 19 – Radio Russia b/w Washington In Side-Out

1984 – Dickie Goodman – Shell 711 – Election ’84 b/w Herb’s Theme

1987 – Dickie Goodman – Goodname 7100 – Safe Sex Report b/w Safety First

Dickie Goodman Long Plays

1962 – Rori 3301 – The Many Heads of Dickie Goodman

1964 – Comet CLP-69 – My Son the Joke (Risque-Theque)

1964 – DCP International 3805 – The Monster Album

1974 – Funko 1001 – Screwy TV
(Cover models speculated to be Dickie Goodman with his wife Susan)

1975 – Cash 6000 – Mr. Jaws And Other Fables by Dickie Goodman – Charted Number 144

1980 – Tsuris 101 – Just Released

1983 – Rhino 811 – Dickie Goodman’s Greatest Hits

1970 – The Glass Bottle – Avco Embassy 33012 – The Glass Bottle

1971 – Avco Embassy 33024 – I Ain’t Got Time Anymore

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