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PSYCHEDELIC SOUNDS OF THE 60S: LEMON PIPERS

I don’t know if oldies radio stations ever plays tracks like this anymore but growing up in Youngstown, Ohio, WBBG (oldies 93) was a hub for psychedelic/bubblegum/psych rock activity. You weren’t necessarily going to hear songs that appeared on Back From The Grave compilations but your ears were blessed with some strange sounds that are far removed from today’s mainstream and sterile world of radio.

The Lemon Pipers sprouted up in Oxford, Ohio and shot to the top of the charts in 1967 with the groovy hit, “Green Tambourine”. They were part of a tight knit group of bubblegum psych-pop groups that included Ohio Express and the 1910 Fruitgum Company. Guitarist Bill Bartlett would eventually join Ramjam, who is known around the world for their boogie-rock cover of the old blues song “Black Betty”.

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