1910 Fruitgum Company

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1910 Fruitgum Company
The 1910 Fruitgum Company performing live on November 17, 2007
Background information
Origin Linden, New Jersey, United States
Genres Bubblegum pop
Years active 1965–1969, 2007–present
Labels Buddah
Members Frank Jeckell
Mick Mansuetto
Bob Brescia
Glenn Lewis
Keith Crane
Past members Mark Gutkowski
Steve Mortkowitz
Isaac Hirsch
Pat Karwan
Ross Oppenheimer

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".[1]


The band began as Jeckell and The Hydes in New Jersey in 1965. The original members were Mark Gutkowski, Floyd Marcus, Pat Karwan, Steve Mortkowitz, and Frank Jeckell - all from Linden, New Jersey.[2]

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[3] 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.

The band started touring, opening for major acts such as The Beach Boys.[4] 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. #25) ,"Goody, Goody Gumdrops", and "Indian Giver" (U.S. #5).[citation needed]

The original group disbanded in 1970.

Mark Gutkowski, the original lead singer, last performed in 1977 in Europe with the Ohio Express, The Hollies and The Music Explosion.

Early during the 21st century, original members Frank Jeckell and Floyd Marcus put the act back together, 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), and Eddie Brigati (of The Young Rascals).

Million sellers[edit]

"Simon Says" sold three and a half million. "1, 2, 3, Red Light" and "Indian Giver" each sold over one million copies. All three were awarded gold discs.[2]

Members, past and present[edit]

Current lineup[edit]

  • Frank Jeckell (Original Guitarist)
  • Mick Mansueto
  • Glenn Lewis
  • Bob Brescia
  • Keith Crane

Former members[edit]

  • Ralph Cohen (Douglas)
  • Pat Soriano
  • Jerry Roth
  • Bruce Shay
  • Floyd Marcus (Original Drummer)
  • David Peckerman
  • Rusty Oppenheimer
  • Larry Ripley
  • Steve Mortkewicz (Original Bass Player)
  • Chuck Travis
  • Rich Fuchs
  • Mark Gutkowski (Original Lead Singer on all the hits and Organist)
  • Pat Karwin (Original Lead Guitarist)
  • Charles Tedesco (Drummer)
  • Gary Poskay (Keyboardist)



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
1969 Indian Giver 147
Hard Ride
1970 Juiciest Fruitgum
2001 The Best of the 1910 Fruitgum Company: Simon Says


  1. ^ "Interview With The 1910 Fruitgum Company". Classicbands.com. Retrieved 2015-08-19. 
  2. ^ a b Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. p. 244 & 264. ISBN 0-214-20512-6. 
  3. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 395. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  4. ^ "Floyd Marcus of 1910 Fruitgum Co : Songwriter Interviews". Songfacts.com. Retrieved 2015-08-19. 

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