Day 34: Green Tambourine

Song: “Green Tambourine” by the Lemon Pipers
Reached #1: February 3, 1968 (their first, 1 week)

If you’re going to have one hit, make it big…

The Lemon Pipers belong to that relatively rare club… the one-hit wonder whose one hit went to #1 on the Billboard charts.  Of course, they weren’t all THAT rare – John Fred and his Playboy Band did the same thing a couple of weeks earlier… but still, most one-hit wonders wind up much further down the charts.

And this song manages to cross two very distinct types of music – bubblegum pop (of which some say this song was a very early example) and psychedelic rock.  “Bubblegum” had nothing to do with the song – it was more a reflection of the target audience…

I guess the best comparison today is Disney pop – music written to aim at tweens and early teens, mostly singles, catchy, and hook-driven.

So, I suppose, the tweens who made recording artists out of Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato probably have no idea that their grandparents were buying songs like this 45 years ago… of course, when have tweens had any idea of history, in any era?

Tomorrow, we turn to the ‘80s and a Boy who hit it big…

Other songs that reached #1 on February 3:
1973 –
“Crocodile Rock” by Elton John (his first, 3 weeks)
2001 – “It Wasn’t Me” by Shaggy feat. Ricardo “RikRok” Ducent (Shaggy’s first, 2 weeks)


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