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Bomb Away!

November 27, 2018

KIMN’s Bomb of the Week

From May 4th of 1959 up into the Spring of 1960 KIMN jocks or somebody – selected a “stinker” to feature weekly.  A few of the stinkers went onto chart both on KIMN and nationally.

Especially successful on KIMN was Homer and Jethro’s “Battle of Kookamonga” going all the way to number 2 on KIMN and number 14 on Billboard’s Hot 100 – their only appearance on the national singles chart.

May 4th, 1959 – The Class – Chubby Checker (Peaked at Number 18)

Chubby doing his best musician imitations – His 1st recording for Parkway

May 11th, 1959 – Zimba Lula – The Rays

The “Silhouettes” Rays – That song was first released on this XYZ label – XYZ continued to release additional songs by the Rays after their 1957 smash for three more years!

May 18th, 1959 – Back, Shack, Track – Big Jay McNeely

West coast label “Swingin'” Records had an impressive stable – but few hits – with Marvin Philips of “Marvin and Johnny” fame, Little Johnny Taylor and Floyd Dixon, Rochelle and the Candles and Sonny Knight

May 25th, 1959 – Mope Itty Mope – The Boss Tones

June 1st, 1959 – The Enchanted Farm – The Forbidden Five

Composer Bobby Hammack also offered up the gems “Brazilian Hobo” and “Vienna Bongo”!  Hammack was Texas born and found his way to Los Angeles where he composed television scores for many programs including Red Skelton, Glen Campbell and Ed Sullivan.

June 8th, 1959 – Geronimo – The Renegades

Well, not surprisingly – The Renegades were yet another Hollywood studio musician assembly with future Beach Boy Bruce Johnston, Nick Venet, Sandy Nelson and Richard Podolor.  Nick Venet was responsible for signing the Beach Boys to the Capitol Records label – Entire blog posts could be devoted to Venet.

Richard Podolor was the driving producing force behind Three Dog Night – a group which also had ties to the Beach Boys via member Danny Hutton working with Brian Wilson – The

June 22nd, 1959 – Gila Monster – Joe Johnson

June 29th, 1959 – Two Weeks With Pay – George Young and the Rockin’ Bocs

In later years Young was a sax player for the TV program “Saturday Night Live”

July 13th, 1959 – Fly Carpet Fly – Will Jordan

July 20th, 1959 – The Mummy – Bob McFadden and Dor (Peaks No. 1)

McFadden was the force behind TV cartoon shows such as “Milton the Monster” and “The Thundercats” and others – He was also a featured voice character on the hugely popular long play “The First Family” by Vaughn Meader in 1962.

My parents purchased that record and it drove me nuts after two or three plays.

July 29th, 1959 – Jamie Made a Monster – The Fabulous Five

August 10th, 1959 – I Fell Out Of Love With Love – Simon Crum

I’ve posted previously about this guy – none other than Ferlin Husky!

August 24th, 1959 – Not So Quiet Village – Orlando

A dig a Martin Denny’s hit

August 31st, 1959 – The Battle of Kookamonga – Homer & Jethro (Peaks No. 2)

Corn Pone duo Homer and Jethro made one appearance on the Billboard Hot 100 – and this was it – coming in at number 14 – They were Kenneth Bruns and Henry Haynes.

September 7th, 1959 – Coming ‘Round the Mountain – Johnny Two Voice

This was R&B singer Johnnie Morisette

September 20th, 1959 – The People Hater – Jerry & Brad

As though eating people were not enough….

September 27th, 1959 – Look Out For The Clothesline – Bob Calloway & The Chicks

October 11th, 1959 – Tennessee Waltz – Bobby Comstock (Peaks No. 27)

Rocker Bobby Comstock didn’t think this was a novelty or a “bomb” as it peaked at number 52 on the Hot 100 nationally

October 25th, 1959 – Psycho Serenade – Big Jay McNeeley

The KIMN jocks bestow Big Jay with his second KIMN Bomb of the week!

October 28th, 1959 – She’s A Housewife, That’s All – Jerry Woodard

Jerry wouldn’t get away with this one today –

November 4th, 1959 – Where Did I Goof? – Elroy “Shadow” Peace

November 11th, 1959 – I Was A Teenage Reindeer – Jim Backus

Magoo you’ve done it again!

November 18th, 1959 – Georgia Slop – Jimmy McCracklin

November 25th, 1959 – Blabber Mouth – The Rookies

Can’t even locate a copy of this one… a true “bomb”

December 9th, 1959 – Chubby Checker – Whole Lot of Laughin’

Chubby’s follow-up to “The Class” – this one flopped – Chubby would soon turn his attention to twisting

December 16th, 1959 – A Perfect Day – Smitty and the Afterbeats

December 23rd, 1959 – Bingo – Bob McFadden

Bobby Bombs again!

December 30th, 1959 – The Old Boat – Eden Ahbez

Real name George Alexander Aberle – An influencer in the early hippie movement in California  – He left his mark composing a smash hit for Nat King Cole “The Nature Boy” in 1948 hitting number 1 in the nation for eight consecutive weeks – truly ahead of his time

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January 6th, 1960 – Dear Little Boy Of Mine – Steve Evans

Steve was from Great Britain and later worked with Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant  – He was in a group called Spacemen 3 in 1982

January 13th, 1960 – You Crack Me Up – Charlie Baker

January 20th,, 1960 – What A Dolly – Red Berry & The Bel Raves

January 27th, 1960 – A Pair of Dice – Blink Rotinjail

This one is a tuffy to find on the “Ditto” label

February 3rd, 1960 – The Countryside – Jim Henson

The Muppet Master’s early effort pre-muppets

February 10th, 1960 – Foo Man Choo – The Revels

The KIMN Jocks were out of bands on this one

February 17th, 1960 – Were Wolf – The Frantics

Same with this rocker by Seattle’s Frantics

February 24th, 1960 – Ooh Poo Pah Doo – Jessie Hill (Peaks No. 34)

I think Lee the Weather Girl at KIMN must have been selecting these – This one’s legit – number 22 Billboard

March 9th, 1960 – Baby Talk – Mike & Lulu

Not a Jan and Dean parody

March 16th, 1960 – Tia Juana Ball – Bob Markley

March 25th, 1960 – Down In The Alley – Nappy Brown and the Gibraltars

This was the final “KIMN Bomb Of The Week”

April 20th, 1960 – The South Shall Rise Again – Dor & The Confederates

Yikes – gentle poet Rod McKuen penned this one

The Long Journey “Back to Earth”……

July 30, 2018

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

Strange Things Are Happening….ho, ho, hee, hee, ha, ha..

July 28, 2018

“Ooo eee, ooo ah ah ting tang
Walla walla, bang bang!”

How did he come up with a name like that?  Simple…. He was born with it.  Shelby Fredrick Wooley was born on April 10th, 1921 in Erick, Oklahoma.  Shelby (“Sheb”) started off playing in a group called “The Plainview Melody Boys” at a very young age – 15.  In his other job he was a rodeo cowboy

Country & Western Wooley

He got roughed up pretty good riding broncs and was unable to enlist in the military during WWII.  He next headed off to Oklahoma’s oil fields.   In 1946 he moved to Texas and began performing once again singing country music.  His next move was off to Hollywood – hoping to land work in the film industry.

Wooley landed many parts in film and was bad man Ben Miller in the famed “High Noon” in 1952.  He appeared in one episode of “The Lone Ranger” in 1953.  Lots of westerns followed – both motion pictures and television – “The Cisco Kid”, “The Adventures of Kit Carson”.

He appeared in another iconic film “Giant” in 1956 with the soon-to-be late James Dean, Elizabeth Taylor and Rock Hudson.Image result for sheb wooley

In the mid 1950’s Wooley landed a recording contract with MGM Records. His first recording was MGM K11717 “Panama Pete” b/w “Blue Guitar” released in March of 1954.  A long series of rather novelty oriented tracks would follow – setting up his recording destiny.  But it was not a quick road to recording fame. He had one very minor hit as Wooley in 1955 on the Hot 100 charts – “Are You Satisfied?” which peaked at number 95. He wouldn’t chart country until 1962.

Lots of misses and then in May of 1958 along came Wooley’s game changer.

“The Purple People Eater” entered the Hot 100 on June 2nd, 1958 and sky rocketed to number 1 where it remained for six weeks.  His big hit no doubt was inspired by Ross Bagdasarian Sr., who followed quickly in April with the very successful “Witch Doctor”.  That crazy ditty went to number one for three weeks.

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Performing with the Chipmunks as “David Seville” he would follow up that effort about eight months later with “The Chipmunk Song” – again hitting number 1 and remaining there for 4 weeks.  The Big Bopper (a Texas DJ) got into the act  with his marriage of both the Witch Doctor and the Purple People Eater. His zany tune was out zanied by the “A” side “Chantilly Lace” which charted at number 6 and would lead to his death just six months later while he was on that doomed flight with Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens – The Bopper was only 28 years old.

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In late 1962 Sheb assumed a new recoding identity “Ben Colder” and recorded a parody “answer” song to Rex Allen’s “Don’t Go Near The Indians” – titled “Don’t Go Near The Eskimos” – This move firmly entrenched Wooley/Colder into the company of other Southerners Ray “Ahab The Arab” Stevens (Clarkdale, Georgia), and the “The Battle of Kookamonga” Homer and Jethro (real names Henry Haynes and Kenneth Burns) both out of Tennessee.

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Homer and Jethro’s “Battle” was a stab at the tremendously successful hit “The Battle Of New Orleans” by Johnny Horton (#1 for six weeks in the Spring of 1959).  The writer of that epic was Jimmie Driftwood and the full title was “The Battle Of New Orleans (The Road To Chalamette)”.  His version charted number 24 on the Country Charts.  He also composed the song “Tennessee Stud”.  Driftwood would spend much of his life advocating for and working to improve the environment.  He died on July 12, 1998 at age 91.

Stevens recorded about two dozen wacky tracks before “Ahab” landed at number 5 in 1962.  He would hit number 1 twice with the not silly “Everything is Beautiful” in 1970 (two weeks) and with the times-trendy “The Streak” in 1974.

Texan Jessie Lee Turner took at shot at the freaky voiced character with his “Little Space Girl” in January of 1959 and managed a respectable number 20 showing.

There was always room for some pretty goofy tunes along the way – We probably could use a little bit of goofiness in these times..