“Green Tambourine” was the primary hit by the 1960s Ohio-based rock group The Lemon Pipers, as well as the title track to their debut-album Green Tambourine. The song has been credited as being the first bubblegum pop chart-topper. Released towards the end of 1967, it peaked at number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 for one week at the start of February, 1968 and earned the group a gold record for over a million copies sold. The record remained on the chart for three months. It was also the first U.S. number-one hit for the Buddah label. The Lemon Pipers would never repeat this success, although “Rice Is Nice” and “Jelly Jungle” did make it onto the charts in 1968.
1. Rice Is Nice (2:12) 2. Shoeshine Boy (3:28) 3. Turn Around Take A Look (2:47) 4. Rainbow Tree (2:25) 5. Ask Me If I Care (3:10) 6. Straglin' Behind (2:37) 7. Green Tambourine (2:29) 8. Blueberry Blue (2:30) 9. The Shoemaker Of Leatherwear Square (2:03) 10. Fifty Year Void (5:45) 11. Through With You (9:07)
The Lemon Pipers - Green Tambourine (1967) [Reissue 1989]
Produced by Paul Leka
• Bill Albaugh - drums • Bill Bartlett - lead guitar • Ivan Browne - rhythm guitar, lead vocals • R. G. Nave - organ, tambourine, fog horn, toys • Steve Walmsley - bass guitar