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Kasenetz-Katz Super Circus

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New York, United States

The Kasenetz-Katz Super Circus (or Kasenetz-Katz Singing Orchestral Circus, among other names) was a New York, NY-based bubblegum “supergroup” created in the mid-1960’s by record producers Jerry Kasenetz and Jeff Katz. The members of the band were Kasenetz and Katz accompanied by various Super K Production groups. The production duo defined the sound and spirit of the bubblegum era, helming quintessential if interchangeable records, including the Ohio Express, the 1910 Fruitgum Company, Crazy Elephant, and numerous others. The duo were responsible for such hits as “Yummy, Yummy, Yummy”, “Gimme Gimme Good Lovin”, and “Little Bit o’Soul”. Their work primarily appeared on LESLIE and BUDDHA RECORDS.

In 1968, several of the Super K groups were featured under the banner of the Kasenetz-Katz Singing Orchestral Circus, scoring a hit with the single “Quick Joey Small.” Two years later, the project was revamped under the name Kasenetz-Katz Super Cirkus, issuing “Dong-Dong-Diki-Di-Ki-Dong.”

So great was the popularity of bubblegum in general, and Super K Productions in particular, that the duo was even approached by the Hanna-Barbera animation studio to produce a cartoon series to be titled “Captain Groovy and His Bubblegum Army”. The show never got off the ground, although it did generate an eponymous single.

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