Buddah's Dial-A-Hit

Hear 360 degrees of sound on this Buddah Records sampler!

You gotta love the pop music mavens at Buddah Records for putting out this sampler disc to showcase bands like Ohio Express, 1910 Fruitgum Co, Elephant's Memory, The Road, and many others. The album jacket is a real treat. It's two-ply cardboard with a wheel in the middle. See the exposed part of the wheel on the right-hand side of the jacket? As you turn the wheel, the name of the artist and their picture changes in the two window cutouts. Now that's innovation.

Inside the double fold-out jacket is a letter from Buddah Records vice-president Neil Bogart. I like his opening paragraph, which sums up Buddah thusly: "When Buddah Records was formed two years ago, most songs were about crime and war and depression. We felt there was a place for a new kind of music that would make people feel happy. So we got together two talented young producers named Jerry Kasenetz and Jeff Katz who had an idea for music that would make you smile. It was called 'bubblegum music'".

Indeed, I smiled more than once while listening to this album. There are some well-known cuts here (Summer in the City, She's Not There) but it's the ones that didn't end up in the annals of rock music history that I like the best. My favorite is Hot Dog Man by Elephant's Memory. It starts off with a tape recording of the band chatting with a real hot dog vendor, and progresses into a delightfully diverse psychedelic trip in praise of this "real live hero". Now that makes me happy.

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Hot Dog Man (MP3) Elephant's Memory celebrates that unsung hero, the Hot Dog Man.
Mr. Tambourine Man (MP3) Melanie delivers this Dylan hit with a style all her own.

Your Comments:

calvin ( says:
this is a great lp, some of the other songs from barry goldberg, 1910 FRUITGUM COMPANY, and the BROOKLYN BRIDGE, are excellent, we review lots of bubblegum on our site - 70's invasion - ; poppy family, lynsey de paul, FOX, MIDDLE of the ROAD, and more... (05-05-2002)

Leroy Solomon ( says:
Despite the fact that Buddah had a reputation for
putting out a lot of shit, they also had some great stuff too. Buzzy Linhart, the Stories, the Isley Brothers, the Impresssion, Gladys Knight, Barbara Mason, Charlie Daniels, and NRBQ put out some good stuff on Buddah too.... (03-28-2002)

israel gonzález ahumada (ISRAEL_GLEZ_A@STARMEDIA.COM) says:
Where I may find bubblegum MPS's? (03-07-2002)

randy santana ( says:
Does anybody remember a 4 track EP by Elephant's Memory..? How about a track listing...? I used to have it as a kid...
Can't find it anywhere..HELP..!

Randy Santana (02-04-2002)

Cdice says:
Elephant's Memory's LP on Mentromedia Records, "Take It to the Streets" (1970) deserves to be on CD with the 45rpms of "Skyscraper Commando" and "Mongoose/I Couldn't Dream" as bonus tracks!@!!!!! How could such a great, but glossed-over, band not have their vinyl available on CD? For shame, Metromedia/Buddah/Buddha/BMG!!! (02-02-2002)

kenneth parker ( says:
been trying to order an album but can t find the right address have the address but do not know name of company can you help me the adress is 1120 n. ashland chicago ill.60622 (12-27-2001)

I bought a Buddah record called " This Time by
Waylon Jennings with a few backdrops of Willie
Nelson playing some background. This CD had a card to register, and you were in P>O>Box 7022
in Red Bank, NJ. It had the Cricket in it and
was produced by Duane Eddy and Waylon.

I sure enjoy this record,which I think was one of Waylons best. Do you have any more as good as
that production? Let me know.

Willard Laxton, 612 East Main St.Sparta,Wi
54656. Thank You (12-15-2001)

amy beth ( says:
melanie reminds me of bjork. (11-09-2001)

andrew ( says:
oh man i love thrift stores and the internet. i just bought this record for a dollar today. hotdog man is incredible. (11-07-2001)

Salt Water Taffy says:
Finders Keepers & Summertime Girl by Salt Water Taffy, there website is (10-18-2001)

GMM says:
Elephant's Memory also worked with John lennon and vice versa (10-01-2001)

Roman Pativ says:
Does anyone know where i might get a copy of Buddah's Dial-A-Hit? I know, I'll call Ron Burns! (07-26-2001)

Ron Burns ( says:
I have this album. I am willing to sell to best offerer. I have just about all the albums listed on this site. My contact information is included. Ron Burns 550 CHILDS DR MILTON,ONTARIO,CANADA L9T 3P3 1-(905)-876-3245 (07-25-2001)

twelvis says:
you know, elephant's memory is the band that plays in the party scene of Midnight Cowboy. Weirdly, the very day after i saw that movie, i found an elephant's memory LP in a dollar reocord bin and snatched it up. it's actually fuckin GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!! (07-25-2001)

The Lone Beatnik ( says:
Simply put, anything from Buddah was shit. The exception being Brewer & Shipley (of "One Toke Over the Line" fame). Melanie doing Dylan? "Get your red hot get your red hot dog dog dog dog dog dog dog dog"? Dear sweet Jesus... these people were either over worked, underfed, or both! (06-14-2001)

Jonathan Kranz ( says:
Alright, I'll expose myself to ridicule: I actually found the Melanie track credible, even moving.

So sue me! (06-08-2001)

Gary Flinn ( says:
Buddha Records recently issued "best of" CDs by Buddah's original bubblegum trinity, The 1910 Fruitgum Company, The Lemon Pipers and Ohio Express. Go to their web site at for further info. (05-20-2001)

ole ( says:
This was surprisingly,extremly nice!! Elephants Memory sounded like Jefferson airplane tried to play The Troggs in a prog kind of way?! Mr.Tambourine man was sung by a hybrid of Janis Joplin and Joan Baez,cosy tune in a cosy wrappin' (09-13-2000)

Ed Kaz! ( says:
Hot Dog Man! Only John Ono Lennon could have seen the genius that Elephant's Memory possessed. Too bad he didn't let them perform Hot Dog Man when they backed him at the '72 One to One concert in NYC. Now that I think about it, could the Standell's "Dirty Water" have been about a hot dog man as well? (09-11-2000)

Dan ( says:
I own a record with the Buddah label. It is a dramatized version of a Marvel Comics superhero (a Rockomic). I was wondering if anyone knows if Buddah put out more than one of these types of recordings, and, if so, how or where I might be able to find these. Any assistance in this matter would be greatly appreciated. (06-24-2000)

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