The evolution of the bubblegum pop sound from the Platinum Age (1904-1950) to the Atomic Age (1950-1966) to the Golden Age (1966-1970)! A scholarly definition of bubblegum music! Bubblegum is the basic sound of rock'n' roll – minus the rage, fear, and violence, wrote legendary rock critic Lester Bangs, and we follow the growth of that basic sound through almost 150 bubblegum songs from Bob Roberts' "The Woodchuck Song" in 1904 to The Partridge Family's "I Think I Love You" in 1970 and everything in between!
We are getting nostalgic as we wait for episode #100, which arrives in a few weeks! To help us chew gum while we wait, let's relive the legendary Best of Season 1, and fondly remember the joy and beauty of poor sound quality! In this clip show, we counted down the most popular bubblegum records, joined in the debate about the biggest bubblegum hit, and discovered the secret origin of The Partridge Family!
As we continue our celebration and anticipation for the upcoming Echo Valley #100, enjoy the greatest hits of Echo Valley Season 2! We've gathered our favorite bits and pieces from the legendary second season! Many think of it as the BEST season. Great bubblegum music from The Partridge Family, The Sugar Bears, The Hot Wheels, The Harlem Globetrotters and much, much more!
A clip show featuring the best parts of Season 3! A Top 10 count down of the most popular bubblegum songs from Season 3! How did Sinatra's Strangers in the Night influence bubblegum music? Magazine articles full of groovy dating advice! What do the Cowsills hate about girls? A spotlight on the first bubblegum band in history, The Comedian Harmonists! And plenty of great bubblegum pop!
We look back over Season 4! A countdown of the Top 10 most played bubblegum songs from the season! We celebrate the most interesting and entertaining moments! How did we survive a season of Echo Valley without Kid Bubblegum?!
It's the Season 4 Finale! A final choice is made to replace Kid Bubblegum as Echo Valley intern! A reading from a Partridge Family novel! A visit to the Groovie Goolies' garden! Bobby Sherman on the Sonny and Cher Show! Some platinum age gum from the Hoosier Hot Shots, The season ends on an optimistic note with plenty of great bubblegum from The Archies, Flying Machine, The Jackson 5, The DeFranco Family, The Partridge Family, Barry Williams, Four Jacks and a Jill, Johnny Cymbal (as Brother John), The Greenbeats, Yellow Balloon, Amboy Dukes, Bruce Roberts, and Paul Williams!
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Can Danny Partridge replace Kid Bubblegum as Echo Valley intern? Enjoy the Echo Valley Christmas Special that almost wasn't! The Professor is a little down (with Kid Bubblegum gone), a little tired (having caught Mrs. Professor Bubblegum's case of the sniffles) and a little behind his time (though you wouldn't think me ill-used if I were to dock him half a crown for it!). A dramatic reading of the official program for the 1969 Boyce and Hart Vegas Christmas Show that ended their career! We eavesdrop on a Christmas phone call between Betty Cooper and Archie Andrew's mom! Plenty of great bubblegum music from ABBA before they were ABBA and when they were The Hep Stars, Paul Revere and the Raiders, The Archies, The Monkees, The Osmonds, Fifth Estate, The Muppets, Johnny Tillotson, Banaroo, Bob Morrison, The Jaynettes, The Little Kids, The Boys Next Door, Robert Wells and Little Mike Watson, Boyce and Hart, and the Roger Nichols Trio!
It's another bubblegum intervention! Hope this time it finally sticks! We read a legendary memo from Robert Reed to Brady Bunch producers complaining about bad scripts! Strange gum from Honey Boo Boo! Secret origin of the Newlywed Game Theme! Bubblegum Hall of Famer Joey Levine! Plenty of great bubblegum pop from Keith, Jimmy Osmond, Rick Springfield, Bobby Sherman, Johnny Cymbal, Eddie Hazelton (Eddie Rambeau), Lillipops, S Club 7, Robin McNamara, Banana Splits, Ohio Express, Reunion, Rock 'n' Roll Dubble Bubble Trading Card Co., and Charo!
Another hour of the bubbliest, most inspiringly gummiest,
upbeat funnest bubblegum popiest music you're likely to hear. This time this really will
cure what ails you. A tribute to Boyce and Hart! The songs of Johnny Cymbal! A reading of a teen advice column from a 1968 Tippy Teen comic book! The Echo Valley Time Machine goes back to 1904 for the Woodchuck Song! Plenty of healthy bubblegum music from The Archies, Giorgio, The Music Explosion, Mama Cass, The Strangeloves, The Blue Mink, The Glamrock Brothers, Roger Krug with Billy Action, Joyride, The Partridge Family, The Easybeats and Anders 'N' Ponica!
An hour of the bubbliest, most inspiringly gummiest, upbeat funnest bubblegum popiest music you're likely to hear. This will cure what ails you. A look at the famous Kasenetz-Katz Singing Orchestral Circus live Carnegie Hall concert original cast recording! A dramatic reading of a David Cassidy comic book! The best Saturday morning cartoon bubblegum band theme songs, including the rare theme songs from Sabrina the Teenage Witch and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kids! Hear essential bubblegum music from The Archies, Banana Splits, Andy Kim, The Groovie Goolies,The Brady Bunch, Scooby Doo, Where Are You?, Josie and the Pussycats, The Hardy Boys, The Harlem Globe-trotters, The Hot Wheels, The Cattanooga Cats, The Partridge Family, Sha Na Na, and Tony Ronald!
Can Sgt. Carter from Gomer Pyle, USMC replace Kid Bubblegum as Echo Valley intern? A special emphasis on songs with a summertime feeling! A dramatic reading from a Gomer Pyle comic book! We hear from HR Pufnstuf's Jack Wild! Strange gum from the Do-Re-Mi Children's Chorus! A rarity from The Rare Breed! Plenty of great bubblegum from The Partridge Family, The Archies, Bay City Rollers, Jim Nabors, Giorgio, Mark James, The Brady Bunch Kids, Picketywitch, The Banana Splits, The Ohio Express, The Fifth Estate, Harpers Bizarre, All Star United, and The Peppermint Trolley Company!
Professor Bubblegum performs a dramatic reading of the worst comic book of all time. An unusual number of 1910 Fruitgum Company songs! We remember the Kids from Fame! A platinum age bubblegum song from 1941! Olivia Newton-John with an updated bubblegum classic from 2011! Plenty of sweet bubblegum pop from David Cassidy, The Kids from C.A.P.E.R., Andy and David Williams, Trini Lopez, Billy and the Essentials, The Kingsmen (not the ones you're thinking of), United States Double Quartet, Brotherhood of Man, and Chester!
Is Kid Bubblegum finally returning to bubblegum music and Echo Valley?! The Professor opens a letter from the Kid live on the air! An examination of the catchy Muppets song "Mah-Na-Mah-Na" unexpectedly leads us into a massive, long overdue tribute to bubblegum genius Giorgio Moroder! A rare record from The Raindrops! A listen to April Stevens! Plus plenty of gumtastic tunes from Ohio Express, The April Fools, Paul Williams (and the cast of Bugsy Malone), Johnny Schilling, The Banana Crew and Ricky Shayne!
Can Fred Flintstone replace Kid Bubblegum as Echo Valley intern?A tribute to the bubblegum stylings of Patty Duke! The Banana Splits got soul, baby! Focus on Tony Orlando! Songwriters Bo Gentry and Ritchie Cordell! A dramatic reading about identical cousins! Great gum pop from Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart, The Archies, David Cassidy, 1910 Fruitgum Company, The Monkees, Blue Mink, Andy and David Williams, Wind, The Third Rail, Four Jacks and a Jill, Alan Gary, Do-Re-Mi Children's Chorus, The Times and Gidians League!
A special episode with all songs chosen by bubblegum historian and raconteur Bennie D. Ketron! Keith Partridge eats Rice Krispies! A dramatic top-secret reading from a 1968 teen magazine about emotions too hot to handle! Paul Revere talks hair length! Plenty of great bubblegum music from The Beatles, The Cowsills, The Cufflinks, Paul Revere and the Raiders, Elephant's Memory, Love Generation, Yellow Balloon, Lemon Pipers, Lesley Gore, Harper's Bizarre, Partridge Family, The Loving Spoonful, ABBA, Buchanan Brothers, Free Design, Le Cirque, and Flying Giraffe!
Can cousin Oliver from the Brady Bunch replace Kid Bubblegum as Echo Valley intern? A special tribute to the music of the animated Harlem Globetrotters (1970-1972)! Another uncomfortable brother-sister love song with Chris Knight and Maureen McCormick! A sample of a long lost bubblegum album paying tribute to the music of Chitty-Chitty Bang-Bang and Mary Poppins! How did the White Plains get their name? Plenty of groovy bubblegum pop music from Beano, Tommy Roe, Boyce and Hart, The Wombles, Jigsaw, December's Children, Children of Prague, The Tremeloes, Peter Klint Quartet, White Plains, Amazing Pickles, Errol Sober, 1909 Chewing Gum Company and the Year 2000!
58 or more minutes of bubblegum greatness! We check out our favorite Saturday morning shows! A dramatic reading from Teen Scoop Magazine! Veronica of The Archies was a great song writer! A time machine visit to Horace Heidt and his Musical Knights! Plenty of tasty bubblegum pop from the Cuff Links, The Cowsills, Trini Lopez, The DeFranco Family, The Hardy Boys, The Osmonds, Tony Christie, Andy Kim, The Hot Wheels, Bobby Sherman, Crazy Elephant, Lancelot Link and the Evolution Revolution, Bobby Rydell, Gary Lewis and the Playboys, and The Match!
Can Jughead Jones replace Kid Bubblegum as Echo Valley intern? We spend some time with the Groovie Goolies! A dramatic reading of a Bugaloos comic book! Was Little River Band influenced by Rick Springfield? Plenty of great bubblegum music with 1910 Fruitgum Company, Ohio Express, The Strangeloves, Syreeta, The Magid Triplets, Berkeley Kites, Almond Marzipan, The Armstrong Brothers, Café Con Leche, Terry Webster, Len Berry, Luv, Kenny Karen, and The Swinging Blue Jeans!
It's an Echo Valley Bubblegum Christmas Special! Great holiday treats for all good boys and girls! A rare traditional Christmas song from The Monkees! A dramatic reading of the time Donald Duck met Santa Claus! The cast of Curious George sings about their Christmas Monkey! A big box full of bubblegum merriment from David Cassidy, C-3PO and R2-D2, Darlene Love, Paul Revere and the Raiders, Donny and Marie and other Osmonds, 1910 Fruitgum Company, Cast of Glee, Banaroo, The Mouseketeers, American Machine, The Byzantine Empire, Doug Kershaw, The Brady Kids, Alvin and the Chipmunks, Tommy Roe, Bobby Sherman, and The Archies!
Another hour of bubblegum pop brilliance! A dramatic reading from a Hawaii Five-O novel, followed by a rare Sammy Davis, Jr. recording of the theme song with the words! Tributes to breakfast food! An Echo Valley Time Machine classic by Fred Waring and His Pennsylvanians! First appearance of the What We Love About Bubblegum segment! Plenty of great bubblegum music by Paul Revere and the Raiders, Josie and the Pussycats, Banaroo, The Foundations, Neil Diamond, Michael Carpenter, Flame, The Fifth Estate, Tommy Roe, The Fun and Games, Slim Goodbody and Friends, The Archies, The Amazing Pickles, The Good Earth and Capt. Groovy and his Bubblegum Army!