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The Lemon Pipers

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The Lemon Pipers were a 1960s bubblegum/psychedelic pop band from Oxford, Ohio, known chiefly for their song “Green Tambourine”, which reached number one in the United States in 1968.

The band was made up of singer Ivan Browne, guitarist William Bartlett(subsequently of Ram Jam), keyboardist R.G. Nave, drummer William Albaugh and bassist Steve Walmsley. Most of the group’s songs were written by Shelley Pinz and Paul Leka, though Bartlett contributed several.

Though they produced primarily bubblegum pop, the Lemon Pipers actually wanted to play more psychedelic, drug influenced music, however, their recording label threatened to fire them unless they played more mainstream, commercially viable pop. Several of the tracks on their Green Tambourine album show strong influences of folk rock, among other things, showing that the band wasn’t completely the pop outfit it appeared to be.

The band eventually did gain artistic control over their work, but by this time they had all but faded into obscurity.

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  • k_naruchiha94

    Rainbow Tree ♥

    27 Mar 2013 Reply
  • Livinthedream30

    I had the pleasure of growing up with Bill A "the drummer" Son & it was amazing, I have seen these guys all together on a stage set up in the house & I can not put into words the Talant that overflows when there together!!! I have listened to many stories from Bill about traveling with the Dead & eating Chinease Food With Jerry Garcia, & others I wont get into Lol!!! He was honestly one of the smartest guys I have ever met, I was fortunate to have the time with him I did!!! Enjoy there music there is so much more out there that never hit Main Stream that is AMAZING!!!

    16 Oct 2011 Reply
  • THee-BeAtNiK

    So enjoyable.

    18 Sep 2011 Reply
  • MyxxxxxDSMBR

    The Beatles totally ripped off these guys.

    9 Sep 2010 Reply
  • Twiggs_72

    I think The Lemon Pipers is correct.. their album cover and the wiki say 'The'. I agree with squiggins that this needs to be in auto-correct - fix. And after looking this up I need to change ID3 tag.

    19 Apr 2010 Reply
  • Spacebel

    Best song => through with you

    8 Mar 2010 Reply
  • squiggins

    Wait, are there still separate competing accounts for "Lemon Pipers" and "The Lemon Pipers"? Why does shit like that go on for so long without getting fixed?

    6 Mar 2010 Reply
  • altdiddi

    immer wieder gut

    9 Mar 2009 Reply
  • ElectricSoul921

    Green Tambourine :-)

    6 Jan 2009 Reply
  • coppernet

    listen to the psychedelics!

    8 Dec 2008 Reply
  • waybackmachine

    If you dig those groovy times of the 1960's and early 1970's visit The Way Back Machine website at: http://thewaybackmachine.wordpress.com/ and you can now join the Way Back Machine Group here at Last.fm..I hope to see all you Hipsters and Cool cats at the group and website.

    23 Sep 2008 Reply
  • IGGY51

    Listen to the LP! It is so great!!!

    28 Aug 2008 Reply
  • astronomerjoe

    Hearing it sing.

    22 Jul 2008 Reply
  • thechameleonnn

    I've noticed that happening a lot with some older bands.

    15 Jul 2008 Reply
  • Jewce

    I'm amazed with how few listeners there are!

    3 Apr 2008 Reply
  • progceive

    PAUL LEKA is the great composer of the best Lemon Pipers' songs: Jelly Jungle (Of Orange Marmalade), Green Tambourine, Blueberry Blue, The Shoemaker of Leatherwear Square, Rice is Nice... a forgotten genious!!! PAUL LEKA forever!

    18 Mar 2008 Reply
  • sandysays

    i care! ♥ i love green tambourine :)

    8 Mar 2008 Reply
  • AphidAttraction

    I care about them.

    7 Jan 2007 Reply
  • sudhang

    MONEY FEED MY MUSIC MACHINE

    11 Dec 2006 Reply
  • wonder_al

    \o/

    13 Oct 2006 Reply
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