This one hit wonder band wanted to perform real heavy psychedelic music and when their record company insisted that they record and release the bublegum sounding “Green Tambourine” they balked.
And yet, “Green Tambourine”, (that I remember fondly and now have added to my music player at the same time I uploaded for this post) was a number one smash hit for the group.
Ironically when they got their own way and produced their own LP they never charted big again. “Green Tambourine” turned out to be their first, last and only #1 record.
Founded in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1967, with a #1 hit in 1968 , The Lemon Pipers ended up breaking up in 1969.
Just goes to show you that sometime when you get what you want it isn’t always the best thing for you.
Green Tambourine Composed By Paul Leka & Shelley Pinz
Drop your silver in my tambourine.
Help a poor man fill his pretty dream.
Give me pennies I’ll take anything,
Now listen while I play. My green tambourine.
Watch the jingle jangle start to shine.
Reflections of the music that is mine.
When you toss a coin you’ll hear it sing.
Now listen while I play, My green tambourine.
Drop a dime before I walk away.
Any song you want I’ll gladly play.
Money feeds my music machine.
Now listen while I play, My green tambourine. (SOURCE)