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    (circa 1967-1968)
    (Circa 1960s)
    Based in Oxford, Ohio
    Dale Martin ‘Ivan' Browne (lead vocals, rhythm guitar)
    Bill Bartlett (lead guitar)
    Steve Walmsley (bass)
    R. G. Nave (keyboards, toys)
    Bill Albaugh (drums)
    Recorded ‘Green Tambourine' (#1, 1968)
    They were signed by Jerry Kasenetz and Jeff Katz, widely regarded as pioneers in the bubble gum pop movement and bumblers in the music industry of the 1960s.
    They hated ‘Green Tambourine' but performed it under the threat of being fired by the Buddha record label. Their goal was to actually play drug-influenced music, not the commercially-feasible pop the Buddha label insisted upon.
    The follow-up to ‘Green Tambourine' - ‘Rice Is Nice' - bombed quickly.
    Bartlett had the dubious honor of being in two ‘one-hit-wonder' bands, the other being Ram Jam (‘Black Betty,' 1977).
    Contrary to so many ‘boy bands' past and present, they were not an artificial creation.
    Despite limited artistic control, they managed to have several 45s (singles on 7-inch vinyl at 45 revolutions per minute) giving songwriting credit to the entire group.
    They managed to make an impact on the British charts.
    'Rice is Nice' eventually sold well, but years after its original release.
    While ‘Green Tambourine' was considered psychedelic, ‘Jelly Jungle' (a later release) was considered pure bubble gum.

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