1910 Fruitgum Company
|1910 Fruitgum Company|
The 1910 Fruitgum Company performing live on November 17, 2007
|Origin||Linden, New Jersey, United States|
|Years active||1965–1969, 2007–present|
|Past members||Mark Gutkowski
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". Guitarist Frank Jeckell claimed to have adopted the name from a gum wrapper that he found in a jacket pocket while trying on a retro suit.
The band began as Jeckell and The Hydes in New Jersey in 1965. The original founding member was Frank Jeckell, with additional members Pat Karwan, Steve Mortkowitz, and Mark Gutkowski - 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, but Jeckell persuaded the band to record it. During the process they 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.
The band started touring, opening for major acts such as The Beach Boys. They went on to release the hits "May I Take a Giant Step", "1, 2, 3, Red Light" (U.S. #5), "Goody, Goody Gumdrops", and "Indian Giver" (U.S. #5).
Early during the 21st century, originator Frank Jeckell and Mick Mansuetto put the act back together which included Floyd Marcus, original drummer, along with a few musicians, and started touring again. They performed a concert on November 17, 2007 at the Caravan of Stars XIV, in Henderson, Tennessee. Also appearing at the show were Dickey Lee, Jimmy Gilmer, Carol Conners (of The Teddy Bears), Bo Donaldson and the Heywoods, Jim Yester (of The Association), Jerry Yester (of The Lovin' Spoonful), Eddie Brigati (of The Young Rascals), and Dennis Tufano (of The Buckinghams).
Members, past and present
- Frank Jeckell
- Mick Mansueto
- Glenn Lewis
- Bob Brescia
- Keith Crane
- Ralph Cohen (Douglas)
- Pat Soriano
- Jerry Roth
- Bruce Shay
- Floyd Marcus
- David Peckerman
- Rusty Oppenheimer
- Larry Ripley
- Steve Mortkewicz
- Chuck Travis
- Rich Gomez
- Mark Gutkowski
- Frank Jeckell
|Year||Title||Peak chart positions||Record Label||B-side
From same album as A-side except where indicated
|1967||"Simon Says"||4||2||2||Buddah Records||"Reflections from the Looking Glass" (Non-LP track)||Simon Says|
|1968||"May I Take A Giant Step (Into Your Heart)"||63||–||42||"(Poor Old) Mr. Jensen"|
|"1, 2, 3, Red Light"||5||–||8||"Sticky, Sticky" (Non-LP track)||1, 2, 3, Red Light|
|"Goody Goody Gumdrops"||37||–||29||"Candy Kisses" (Non-LP track)||Goody Goody Gumdrops|
|1969||"Indian Giver"||5||–||5||"Pow Wow" (Non-LP track)||Indian Giver|
|"Special Delivery"||38||–||47||"No Good Annie"|
|"The Train"||57||–||68||"Eternal Light" (Non-LP track)||Hard Ride|
|"When We Get Married"||118||–||76||"Baby Bret" (Non-LP track)||Juiciest Fruitgum|
|1970||"Go Away"||–||–||77||Super K Records||"The Track"||Non-LP tracks|
|Year||Album||Billboard 200||Record Label|
|1968||Simon Says||162||Buddah Records|
|1, 2, 3, Red Light||163|
|Goody Goody Gumdrops||–|
|2001||The Best of the 1910 Fruitgum Company: Simon Says||–|
- "Interview With The 1910 Fruitgum Company". Classicbands.com. Retrieved 2015-08-19.
- Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. p. 244 & 264. ISBN 0-214-20512-6.
- Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 395. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
- "Floyd Marcus of 1910 Fruitgum Co : Songwriter Interviews". Songfacts.com. Retrieved 2015-08-19.
- "Photo Journey: Caravan Of Stars XIV - November 17th, 2007". Journeyphoto.blogspot.com. 2008-03-10. Retrieved 2015-08-19.
- Official website
- Group biography by Tom Simon
- Bubblegum University article by Kim Cooper
- Mark Gutkowski, Piano Store
- The 1910 Fruitgum Company - Bubblegum Music Picture Page