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Lemon Pipers
United States

Years: 1966 - 1969
Styles: Bubblegum Rock, Garage Rock, Pop Rock, Psychedelic Rock


Ivan Browne - Rhythm guitar, Vocals (in band: 1966 - 1969)
Bill Bartlett - Lead guitar (in band: 1966 - 1969)
Steve Walmsley - Bass Guitar (in band: 1966 - 1969)
R.G. Nave - Horns, Keyboards, Organ, Tambourine, Toys (in band: 1966 - 1969)
Bill Albaugh - Drums (in band: 1966 - 1969)

Biography Picture

     The Lemon Pipers were a 1960s psychedelic pop band from Oxford, Ohio, known chiefly for their song "Green Tambourine", which reached No. 1 in the United States in 1968. The song has been credited as being the first bubblegum pop chart-topper.

     The Lemon Pipers included singer Ivan Browne, guitarist Bill Bartlett, keyboardist R.G. Nave, bassist Steve Walmsley, and drummer William Albaugh

    The group began playing larger auditorium and concert hall venues around the US, including an appearance at Fillmore West in San Francisco, California. Buddah's plans for the group centred around bubblegum pop rather than rock, and the Lemon Pipers joined a stable already containing Ohio Express, and the 1910 Fruitgum Company. Paul Leka was assigned to be their record producer.

     Buddah did not know how to handle the band at first and the group's debut on Buddah was a Bartlett composition, "Turn Around and Take a Look". When the song failed to make the charts. The label asked Leka and his songwriting partner, Shelley Pinz, who were working out of a Brill Building office on Broadway, to come up with a song. The pair wrote "Green Tambourine" and the band reluctantly recorded it. The song entered the Billboard Hot 100 at the end of 1967 and reached No. 1 in February 1968. The song peaked at No. 7 in the UK Singles Chart, and was also a hit worldwide,

     The band recorded a second album for Buddah, "Jungle Marmalade, which again showed both sides of the band – another Leka/Pinz bubblegum song, "Jelly Jungle", (released as a single and peaking at No. 51 in the US),

      The band left the Buddah label in 1969 and later dissolved.


Green Tambourine (1968)
Jungle Marmalade (1968)

Singles & EPs

Quiet, Please ! (Jul, 1967)
Turn Around And Take A Look / Danger (Sep, 1967)
Green Tambourine / No Help From Me (Nov, 1967)
Monaural 78 / Quiet Please (Feb, 1968)
Rice Is Nice / Blueberry Blue (Feb, 1968)
Jelly Jungle (Of Orange Marmalade) / Shoeshine Boy (May, 1968)
Lonely Atmosphere / Wine And Violet (Aug, 1968)
I Was Not Born To Follow / Rainbow Tree (Sep 15, 1969)

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