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1960′s and 1970′s Album Track Gems
NOVELTY RECORD HITS’ MAGNIFICENT SEVEN!
Being a little Rocker in the ’50s, 00individual was there for the birth of every history-making event over the past half century – and is eternally thankful for the experience.
As part of the post-war Baby Boom, childhood and adolescent life for most American kids was to share in their parents optimistic view of life after winning a world war. This sense of an accepted peace with a life of liberty and the pursuit of happiness released inhibitions with the ability to laugh again and created a nation-wide desire for humor in all media – and the Golden Age of TV delivered.
But there was a far more economic use of time and energy to deliver comedy, satire, stories, and nonsense set to catchy fun tunes by clever writers, musicians, singers, entertainers and comics and that was on 33RPM and 45 RPM records. Due to the novel nature of the recorded hit songs’ subjects the genre came to be known as “Novelty” records.
Novelty records really peaked in the late ’50s and early ’60s, and many whimsical, nonsensical fun characters were created. Of the genre’s heavy hitters, 00individual selected the Magnificent Seven: Wooly Bully, The Purple People Eater (on clear red vinyl!), The Jolly Green Giant, The Little Blue Man, The Witch Doctor, The Blob (Steve Fucking McQueen!) and one of 00individual’s all-time personal favorite tracks ever, Surfin’ Bird!
00individual is strict with staying within the ’60s/’70s time frame with these posts but is lenient when songs, movies, TV and other media bleed into the ’60s from the ’50s – can’t stop the Cultural Tide!
Therefore, of these seven, four were released in 1958 – but back then things moved at a much slower pace and songs remained in the public’s minds longer and remained popular for years after their release, and in this case their popularity lasted into the early ’60s.
But soon all songs would lose their lasting power due to the boom of the record industry’s sales in the mid-to-late ’60s, when the onslaught of continuous new releases to meet market demand pushed songs and Pop Culture itself into nostalgic obscurity at a much faster rate.
After John F. Kennedy’s assassination in ’63 there wasn’t a market for frivolity. America had lost its innocence and life became sobering and serious and the carefree comedy of the Novelty record had lost its audience.
Much like the Frampton Comes Alive album of ’74 – back in 1960 it seemed as though everyone was issued Vaughn Meader’s insanely popular comedy album “The First Family” which poked good-natured fun at America’s beloved JFK’s Presidency and family. But unlike today’s opportunists, after JFK’s assassination the label for “The First Family” album, Cadence and its producers, pulled and destroyed any existing copies out of respect. It had not been reissued until 1999 on CD.
While there have been countless hilarious comedy albums released by comedians and comedy troupes ever since, the “novelty” of the Novelty record wore off.
It apparently was deemed as childish and relegated down to the Children s’/Comedy records genre, which ironically and literally comes full circle with David Seville’s monster early entry and easily the most successful Novelty franchise, Alvin and the Chipmunks; now a staple of Children s’ records catalogs and feature-length films.
Not until the ’80s when Weird Al Yankovic revived the Parody song genre into a highly-popular self-styled industry, did the fun of a “novelty-type” song rise again.
So, to salute the late, late ’50s and early ’60s celebration of humor set to catchy tunes,
00individual spotlights Novelty Hits’ Magnificent Seven characters immortalized in song:
Novelty Hits’ Magnificent Seven!
THE PURPLE PEOPLE EATER
Sheb Wooley – 1958
The Five Blobs – 1958
THE WITCH DOCTOR
David Seville – 1958
THE LITTLE BLUE MAN
Betty Johnson – 1958
The Trashmen – 1963
Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs – 1965
THE JOLLY GREEN GIANT
The Kingsmen – 1965
The last three are actually categorized as “Top 30 Hits” or in the Pop Rock genre(s) –
but are also easy crossovers into the Novelty genre.
Besides, 00individual’s been dyin’ to create this line-up for a while and needed their inclusion.
Would’ve included Ray Stevens’ “Harry the Hairy Ape“ but didn’t want any trouble between him and Wooly Bully.
Enjoy these other trippy ’60’s and ’70’s
ALBUM TRACK GEMS
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