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:

Cal Wall says:
A break in record by Vik Venus(alias:Your Main Moon Man)called "Moonflight"(Buddah BDA 118) may be the release your looking for,Joe.Indeed the current unavailability of this milestone borders on criminal. (09-01-1998)

1) does anyone have a complete discography of Buddah Records?? I am a record collector. 2) What ever became of Joey Lavine? He WAS Mr. Bubblegum with about 6 groups that I know of.. Is his picture on the "indian giver" album? Which one is he? Thanks P. Post WHRW Radio (aka J. Gold) (08-28-1998)

Joe Bonomo ( says:
I've been looking for a Buddah record for years called Journey to the Moon. It's a combination documentray of the Apollo 11 mission and musical "interpretation." Anyone ever seen it. Buddah must reissue! (08-10-1998)

Rae Lee ( says:
The Melanie clip is phoenominal! Been looking all over the Web for her music. She's my favorite! If anyone knows any more of her music on the Web that can be accessed by Web TV, please send it to me, ok? This is a great page! (07-17-1998)

Judy Kay says:
Fun Stuff!!! (06-28-1998)

The Orange Shag Singers ( says:
Groovealicious baby! (05-27-1998)

Ralph Matthews ( says:
Hey Buddah Records!: When are you going to reissue on CD the two Motherlode albums, "When I Die" and "Tapped Out" ? (04-30-1998)

Noilly says:
Elephant's Memory put out a disc on Apple in 1972, produced by John and Yoko, possibly as a reward for playing on "Some Time in New York City". It's not a bad disc, but went into the delete bins years ago (last time I saw it was c. 1979). There are also a few singles, also on Apple. With a lot of Apple material coming out again (Mary Hopkin, Badfinger, and the like), we may see this disc again. (04-07-1998)

Mike "Pinky" Semrad/SmokeRing ( says:
I am in "The Smoke Ring" featured on this album. We had 2 Buddah singles "No Not Much" (on this record) and "Portrait of My Love". Originally from Norfolk, NE..we recorded in Memphis, TN in 1968-69 at Sam Phillips Recording Studio (Sun) with producers Dickie Lee ("Patches"), Allen Reynolds (now Garth Brooks' producer), and Knox Phillips (son of Sun Records' Sam Phillips). The Smoke Ring was actually an 8-piece RB Show Bank convinced to cut several "easy-listening" cuts..and "No Not Much" charted for us in early 1969. We backed and toured with Rufus Thomas, Dickie Lee, Tommy Roe, Bobby Vee, etc. We appeared on LA American Bandstand in 1969 with Tommy Roe. The group has been back together since 1994 as a 14-piece RB show band performing as part of the Nebaska Rock and Roll Hall of Fame "Nebraska Rocks" Concert Series. We will be appearing July 17-18 in Norfolk, NE and Aug 28-29 in Omaha/Lincoln NE. For more info on The Smoke Ring (Mala-Buddah-Certron-RCA Records) visit the Nebraska Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Web Site: or EMail me at Great site..and thanks for including one of THE SMOKE RING cuts (Buddah Dial A Hit) circa 1969 on your site. Mike "Pinky" Semrad THE SMOKE RING and First Inductee into the Nebraska Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1995) (04-03-1998)

Taylor Chrone ( says:
I am looking for the Lyrics to a song called Quick Joey Small (run joey run) by The Kasenetz-Katz singing orchestral circus, from 1968. They must be on the internet some place, or maybe someone at Buddah could help (03-24-1998)

Sir Droopy Drawers says:
Why? (03-23-1998)

eoneill ( says:
My friend visited me in San Francisco today. We are looking for albums by Elephant's Memory. Also, could you tell me song titles on albums? I seem to remember another hit besides Mongoose and Hot Dog Man. If I hear the title I know I will recognize it. They are a difficult group to track down, so far. Thank you. (02-01-1998)

eoneill ( says:
Hello: I am trying to locate albums by Elephant's Memory. And song titles. I seem to remember another hit record they had and it is not Mongoose or Hot Dog Man. When I hear the title, I'll know what it is. (02-01-1998)

Simone Corsi ( says:
Elephant's memory ? thanks to you now I know another song by E.M. Do you know "old man willow"? Simply touching my soul. (01-23-1998)

"DJ Jay" Arnold ( says:
Great - and accurate - review of the Buddah "360-sound" LP. This LP is not as bizarre, however, as the great album "Incense And Oldies" (Buddah BDS-5014), which has a great selection of mid-'60s pop by The Shangri-Las, Dixie Cups, Tommy James & The Shondells, etc. (presented in a weird mix of true and rechanneled stereo), laced with corny poetry between songs by "I.M. Flowers," containing a "psychedlic" feel! As the back cover sez: "...The fragrance of the garden, the poems of sound, the pages of thoughts, the songs of the first flower awakenings. Join me, as I gaze into the garden pool. You are my buds and I.M. Flowers." Love your site, Frank! (12-04-1997)

creekbird ( says:
BDS 5021, SALT WATER TAFFY! The album is called 'Finders Keepers'. Has anybody even seen this record?...anywhere?? (11-20-1997)

Miles says:
Buddah also put out records by Monty Python. I found 2 of my 3 Buddah Monty Python titles when I was a kid in a small town in Minnesota, at a supermarket where they sold records... truly a strange place to find them. (11-11-1997)

Guest says:
Hey Buddah!!!! This is and I'm still looking for the Tokens and their song "She lets her hair down when the sun comes up". How about a little help????????? (10-22-1997)

DALE M. SIMS ( says:
would like any and all info. on STORIES and/or IAN LLOYD AND STORIES. including current whereabouts, bands and wether there were any records other than the 3 put out by your company. would also like bootlegs and studio outtakes. (10-22-1997)

wayne gray (cazzie says:
I have been looking all over for "She lets her hair down when the sun comes up", by the tokens. Is there anyone or anyway that I can get this song? I would appreciate any help you can give me (10-21-1997)

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