1910 Fruitgum Company

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The 1910 Fruitgum Company is an American bubblegum pop band of the 1960s. The group's Billboard Hot 100 hits were "Simon Says", "May I Take a Giant Step", "1, 2, 3, Red Light", "Goody Goody Gumdrops", "Indian Giver", "Special Delivery", and "The Train"

The band began as Jeckell and The Hydes in New Jersey in 1966. The original members were Frank Jeckell, Mark Gutkowski, Floyd Marcus, Pat Karwan and Steve Mortkowitz - all from Linden, New Jersey.

During 1967, they were signed to Buddah Records, where they released five LPs under their own name and a variety of singles, as well as appearing on the LP The Kasenetz-Katz Singing Orchestral Circus, which sounded like the usual Buddah studio band in spite of its promotion as a "bubblegum superjam". Their first hit single, "Simon Says", was written by Elliot Chiprut. During the recording process, the band changed the beat and patterned the song after "Wooly Bully" by Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs. "Simon Says" soon became a success, hitting #4 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. The track peaked at #2 on the UK Singles Chart[ and was heard in the 1968 Frederick Wiseman documentary High School.[citation needed]

The original five members of the 1910 Fruitgum Company circa 1966; photo taken at the home of Floyd Marcus. Shown on top from the left are Floyd and Steve. On the bottom are Pat, Frank and Mark.
The band started touring, opening for major acts such as The Beach Boys. They went on to release the hits "Simon Says", "May I Take a Giant Step", "1, 2, 3, Red Light" (U.S. #5), "Special Delivery" (U.S. #38), "Goody, Goody Gumdrops", and "Indian Giver" (U.S. #5).[citation needed]

The original group disbanded in 1970.

In the years of 1979-1980 the band was briefly resurrected through Jolly Joyce Agency out of Philadelphia with members Chuck Allen, Fred Eyer, Tony DiNiso, Cindy Tritz, Mike Schneider and Kevin.[citation needed]

In 1999, original member Frank Jeckell and Mick Mansueto put the act back together.[5] As of 2019, Fruitgum currently performs its own hits, in addition other songs from the 1960's.

There is some misinformation in some sources that Joey Levine was a member of the 1910 Fruitgum Company. This is false information. Joey Levine was never a member of the group and had no involvement in any of its recordings.
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Albums

BDS 5027 Goody Goody Gumdrops — 1910 Fruitgum Company 1910 Fruitgum Company Goody Goody Gumdrops (Album) Buddah Records BDS 5027 US 1968 Sell This Version
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BDS 5022 1, 2, 3 Red Light — 1910 Fruitgum Company 1910 Fruitgum Co.* 1, 2, 3 Red Light (Album, EP) Buddah Records BDS 5022 US 1968 Sell This Version
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BDS 5010 Simon Says — 1910 Fruitgum Company 1910 Fruitgum Company Simon Says (Album) Buddah Records BDS 5010 US 1968 Sell This Version
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YS-2249-DA Hard Ride — 1910 Fruitgum Company 1910 Fruitgum Company Hard Ride (Album) Buddah Records YS-2249-DA Japan 1969 Sell This Version
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203 024 Indian Giver — 1910 Fruitgum Company 1910 Fruitgum Co.* Indian Giver (Album) Buddah Records 203 024 Germany 1969 Sell This Version
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82579 IT 1910 Fruitgum Co — 1910 Fruitgum Company 1910 Fruitgum Co.* 1910 Fruitgum Co (Album) Disc'Az 82579 IT Germany 1970 Sell This Version
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COL-CD-8172 Bubblegum Christmas — 1910 Fruitgum Company 1910 Fruitgum Company Bubblegum Christmas(CD) Collectables COL-CD-8172 USA & Canada 2007 Sell This Version
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Singles & EPs

BD 75.018 Hip Hip Hip Urrah! — 1910 Fruitgum Company 1910 Fruitgum Co.* Hip Hip Hip Urrah! Buddah Records BD 75.018 Italy 1968 Sell This Version
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AP 1557 Pop Goes The Weasel  — 1910 Fruitgum Company 1910 Fruitgum Company Pop Goes The Weasel (Single) Astor AP 1557 Australia 1968 Sell This Version
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7N.25447 Simon Says — 1910 Fruitgum Company 1910 Fruitgum Co.* Simon Says (Single) Buddah Records 7N.25447 UK 1967 Sell This Version
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BDS 411 1, 2, 3, Red Light — 1910 Fruitgum Company 1910 Fruitgum Company 1, 2, 3, Red Light (Single) Buddah Records BDS 411 South Africa 1968 Sell This Version
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BDA-39 May I Take A Giant Step (Into Your Heart) — 1910 Fruitgum Company 1910 Fruitgum Co.* May I Take A Giant Step (Into Your Heart) (Single) Buddah Records BDA-39 US 1968 Sell This Version
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BDA 71 Goody Goody Gumdrops / Candy Kisses — 1910 Fruitgum Company 1910 Fruitgum Co.* Goody Goody Gumdrops / Candy Kisses (Single) Buddah Records BDA 71 New Zealand 1968 Sell This Version
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KS-0885 1910 Fruitgum Company / The Lemon Pipers 1910 Fruitgum Company / The Lemon Pipers - Green Tamborine / Simon Says(7", Single) Kama Sutra KS-0885 Mexico 1968 Sell This Version
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AEP-4060, AEP 4060 Simon Says — 1910 Fruitgum Company The 1910 Fruitgum Co.* Simon Says(7", EP) Astor, Astor AEP-4060, AEP 4060 Australia 1968 Sell This Version
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NEPC 303 May I Take A Giant Step — 1910 Fruitgum Company 1910 Fruitgum Co.* May I Take A Giant Step(7", EP) Pye Records NEPC 303 Singapore 1968 Sell This Version
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EC 70 Yummy Yummy Yummy / 1,2,3, Red Light / Angelo Blu / Nella Terra Dei Sogni — 1910 Fruitgum Company 1910 Fruitgum Company, Equipe 84 1910 Fruitgum Company, Equipe 84 - Yummy Yummy Yummy / 1,2,3, Red Light / Angelo Blu / Nella Terra Dei Sogni(7", EP, Promo) Buddah Records, Ricordi EC 70 Italy 1968 Sell This Version
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LL-2199-DA Yummy, Yummy, Yummy — 1910 Fruitgum Company 1910 Fruitgum Co.* Yummy, Yummy, Yummy(7", Single) Buddah Records LL-2199-DA Japan 1968 Sell This Version
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EC 72 Johnny Nash / The Box Tops* / 1910 Fruitgum Co* / The Ohio Express* Johnny Nash / The Box Tops* / 1910 Fruitgum Co* / The Ohio Express* - Untitled(7", EP, Promo) Buddah Records, Ricordi EC 72 Italy 1968 Sell This Version
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NEP 44091 Presenting The Lemon Pipers And The 1910 Fruitgum Company — 1910 Fruitgum Company The Lemon Pipers / 1910 Fruitgum Company The Lemon Pipers / 1910 Fruitgum Company - Presenting The Lemon Pipers And The 1910 Fruitgum Company(7", EP) Pye International NEP 44091 UK 1968 Sell This Version
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YSS-88-DA Mini De Luxe — 1910 Fruitgum Company 1910 Fruitgum Company Mini De Luxe(7", EP) Buddah Records YSS-88-DA Japan 1968 Sell This Version
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BD 75.015 1, 2, 3, Red Light / (Poor Old) Mr. Jensen — 1910 Fruitgum Company 1910 Fruitgum Company 1, 2, 3, Red Light / (Poor Old) Mr. Jensen(7") Buddah Records BD 75.015 Italy 1968 Sell This Version
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SRL 10-498, BD 75.009 Il Mondo Nelle Mani / Simon Says — 1910 Fruitgum Company Rita Pavone / 1910 Fruitgum Co.* Rita Pavone / 1910 Fruitgum Co.* - Il Mondo Nelle Mani / Simon Says(7", Promo) Ricordi, Kama Sutra SRL 10-498, BD 75.009 Italy 1968 Sell This Version
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201.018 1-2-3 Red Light — 1910 Fruitgum Company 1910 Fruitgum Company 1-2-3 Red Light(7", Single) Buddah Records 201.018 Norway 1968 Sell This Version
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7N.25478 Pop Goes The Weasel  — 1910 Fruitgum Company 1910 Fruitgum Company Pop Goes The Weasel (7", Single, Mono) Pye International 7N.25478 UK 1968 Sell This Version