Saturday, March 2, 2013

Ohio Express - Beg, Borrow And Steal

Forming from the ashes of Rare Breed, Mansfield Ohio's The Ohio Express came together in 1967 and enjoyed some of the largest successes of the bubblegum rock craze of the late 60's. The initial line-up included Joey Levine on vocals, Dale Powers on guitar, Doug Grassel on second guitar, Jim Pflayer on keyboards, Dean Krastan on bass and Tim Corwin on drums. Under the aegis of producers Jerry Kasenetz and Jeff Katz, Ohio Express surfaced repeatedly on the late-'60s pop charts. Their first single, a reworked Rare Breed tune called "Beg, Borrow And Steal" cracked the charts, but it was with the sugary-sweet one-two punch of "Yummy Yummy Yummy" and "Chewy Chewy," that the group found their biggest hits. These tunes were pair of million-sellers for the band and their label, bubblegum powerhouse Buddah Records. Future 10CC leader Graham Gouldman sang lead on their final chart bow in 1969, "Sausalito (Is the Place to Go)." The band had a somewhat nebulous existence for the next two decades. For a brief time in the mid-70's Kasenetz and Katz assembled a version of Ohio Express made up of completely new musicians to play the band's hits in Long Island clubs and dive bars. This in-name-only version of the band was short-lived. In the 1980's original drummer Tim Corwin assembled a new line up of the group and they began touring the oldies circuit playing the band's late 60's bubblegum hits. In 2012 this version of the band offered up Bubblegum Days, an album of newly recorded versions of both their most famous hits as well as other covers from the bubblegum era.

 Ohio Express - Beg, Borrow And Steal 1968

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