The Five Blobs

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The Five Blobs were an American group of studio musicians put together in 1958 by session leader Bernie Knee. The ensemble was assembled in Los Angeles, California for the express purpose of recording "The Blob", the title song for the Steve McQueen film The Blob. Written by Burt Bacharach and Mack David (Hal David's brother), the tune featured a prominent saxophone part. The single was released on Columbia Records and became a hit, peaking at No. 33 on the Billboard Hot 100[1] and hitting the Top Ten on the regional LA charts.[2] The single's B side consisted of a song entitled "Saturday Night in Tiajuana" [sic] credited to Bacharach. The song is said to be a cult favorite and is featured on many Halloween-themed compilations and playlists.[citation needed]

Bernie Knee was not listed on any of the promotional materials for the film or the record. In protest to this, he released an advertisement showcasing his name, whereupon he was terminated from Columbia.

Knee signed onto Joy Records (New York), where The Five Blobs released two 45s in 1959: "From the Top of Your Guggle (to the Bottom of Your Zooch)" b/w "Rockin' Pow Wow," and "Juliet" b/w "Young and Wild."[3]


  1. ^ Billboard Singles,
  2. ^ Biography,
  3. ^ Joy Records discography