Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Crazy Elephant: Gimme, Gimme Good Lovin'

It is not always you find a band that had a Top 40 one hit wonder on both sides of the Atlantic. In addition, “Gimme, Gimme Good Lovin’” had the peak chart position of 12 in both the US and the UK. Besides that, it wasn’t a band at all. Crazy Elephant was a contrived studio concoction like The Archies, The Cuff Links, The Ohio Express, and others. The single charted in 1969.

Crazy Elephant was a concoction of bubblegum producers/managers Jerry Kasenetz and Jeff Katz. Not only did their Super K Productions create the fictional Crazy Elephant, it also was the management company of real acts such as the 1910 Fruitgum Company, The Shadows of Knight, and The Music Explosion.

While a touring band was created to support the recordings, studio musicians provided the backing tracks. The lead vocalist was Robert “Bobby” Spencer formerly of the doo-wop group the Cadillacs. Spencer was also one of the co-writers of Millie Small’s hit “My Boy Lollipop.”

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