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Echo Valley is a free, just for fun, radio show that celebrates bubblegum pop music from the 1960's and 1970's.
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Sunday, July 6, 2014

EV79 (S3E19) The Trial of Greg Brady

Gavel to gavel coverage as student court Judge Kid Bubblegum reaches a verdict in the trial of Greg Brady! A shocking outcome that no one saw coming in this season finale episode of Echo Valley! Live reporting from Old Man Bubblegum! During breaks in the proceedings, we still find time for a tribute to cartoon voice Janet Waldo (Judy Jetson, Josie of the Pussycats), a cameo from Casey Kasem, an Echo Valley Time Machine classic from The Wizard of Oz, and plenty of great bubblegum music from The Brady Kids, Tommy James and the Shondells, The Bugaloos, The Ohio Express, Andy Kim, Josie and the Pussycats, Jet Screamer, Bobby Sherman, Everyday Hudson, Crazy Elephant, Carl Carlton, Happy Feeling, Tony Darrow, Chris and Peter Allen, Le Cirque, and Gravy.

Monday, June 16, 2014

EV78 (S3E18) Bubblegum Smackdown

The Echo Valley Talent Show finals! The outcome will shock you! We also have time for a dramatic reading from a vintage Sally Field interview! Double Bubble music from Beano!Plenty of feel good bubblegum from The Bugaloos, The Banana Splits, The Archies, The Monkees, The Music Explosion, The Brady Kids, Arkade, The Art Movement, Sally Field, The New Dawn, Rotation, The Saturday Morning Cartoon Show, and the Rock 'n' Roll Dubble Bubble Trading Card Company!

Monday, May 26, 2014

EV77 (S3E17) Kinda Groovy


TV actor Robert Conrad's pop rock career! The Who's gummiest classic! Who won the Echo Valley Talent Show semi-finals?!  A dramatic reading from a 1971 family guide to teen dating! Casey Kasem doesn't recognize Yellow Balloon's and My Three Sons' Don Grady! Strange gum from Kids' Hit Singers! Plenty of great bubblegum music from The Ohio Express, 1910 Fruitgum Company, The Archies, The Partridge Family, The Cattanooga Cats, The Monkees, Kasenetz-Katz Super Circus, Jimmy Osmond, The Fifth Estate, The Muppets, The Hardy Boys, Brian Hyland, The Love Generation, Tony Ritchie and The New Vaudeville Band!

Sunday, May 18, 2014

EV76 (S3E16) Tie Dye Bubblegum

Who are the two optimistic songwriters who argued that we could solve the world's problems as easily as tying a t-shirt together and dying it all the colors of the world?! It's an Echo Valley mystery, solved in this spectacular hour! Plus a dramatic reading from a book on groovy crafts! Bubblegum from Captain Kangaroo! Plenty of great gummy pop from the 1910 Fruitgum Company, The Left Banke, The New Christy Minstrels, Bobby Sherman, Slim Goodbody and Friends, Lou Christie, Robert John, Michael Gately, The In Crowd, Design, Playhouse, The Bats, The Free Design and Normand Gelinas!

Sunday, May 11, 2014

EV75 (S3E15) Ricky Segall

Welcome Ricky Segall (Ricky Stevens from The Partridge Family) and his family to Echo Valley! We explore the secret origins of the Barry Manilow classic Mandy! In our dramatic reading, we learn what the Cowsills like and don't like about girls! Get the scoop on a semifinal round of the Echo Valley Riverdale High School Talent Show! Plenty of great bubblegum pop music from Blue Mink, Jigsaw, The Cuff Links, Brady Kids, The Chan Clan, Westlife, The Cyrkle, Scott English, 1910 Fruitgum Company, The Cowsills, American Breed, Humpty Dumpty, Lancelot Link and the Evolution Revolution, and The Gummy Bear!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

EV74 (S3E14) A Simple Song

Who wants some bubblegum? A spotlight on Tony Ronald, the Dutch (or Spanish or Mexican) pop star! Another dramatic reading from another 1970 novelization of another short lived "relevant" ABC TV show about another group of hip young people! A pair of rare Echo Valley corrections! A New Seekers Double Bubble! Every bubblegum song about airplanes (both of them)! With plenty of bubblegum music by the Banana Splits, The Muppets, The Beach Boys,  Johnny Whitaker, The Sugar Bears, Wind (with Tony Orlando), The Cuff Links, The Royal Guardsmen, Chester, Peter's Pipers, Billy Budd, The French Revolution,  New Colony Six, New Dream, and The New Vaudeville Band!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

EV73 (S3E13) Come on Down to My Boat, Baby

A celebration of the brief super-stardom of the four-hit wonder, Every Mother's Son! Is the Theme from H.R. Pufnstuf "already been chewed" gum? A tribute to the great Lee Pockriss, the best songwriter you've never heard of! A dramatic profile of Lidsville and Munsters star, Butch Patrick, from a 1972 guide to the "pop scene"! And which version of the forgotten classic, I.O.I.O., do you like better- the Bee Gees' or  Butch Patrick's? Two versions of I'm a Believer, the good and the strange! And plenty of great bubblegum music from Bo Gentry and Richie Cordell, The Monkees, Ohio Express, Two Dollar Question (with Ron Dante), The Cufflinks (with Ron Dante), the Living Strings, Pilot, Andy and David Williams, The Troggs and Andy Kim!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

EV72 (S3E12) Happiness in My Heart

Non-stop bubblegum pop! Focus on the Cattanooga Cats! Meet Cheryl Ladd, Charlie's grooviest angel! Telly Savalas "sings" country western! A double bubble from the Magid Triplets! The Partridge Family sing in bubble entendres! Plenty more great bubblegum music from Tommy James and the Shondells, Pharrell Williams, The Bugaloos, The In Crowd, Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids, Josie and the Pussycats, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, Bobby Sherman, Peyton Hogue, Jerry and the Cracks, the Buchanan Brothers, American Breed, and the Rock and Roll Dubble Bubble Trading Card Company of Philadelphia!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

EV71 (S3E11) Goody Goody Gumdrops

A high calorie hour of bubblegum music! Spotlight on Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan! A bit of the H.R. Pufnstuf movie soundtrack! Ray Bolger (the Scarecrow from Wizard of Oz) joins the Partridge Family, along with a dramatic reading from a Partridge Family novel (wherein Shirley risks the family's lives to save a rabbit)! A Giorgio Bubblegum Hall of Fame classic! Late round action from the Riverdale High talent show! Plenty of great music from The Archies, The Royal Guardsmen, Bobby Sherman, 1910 Fruitgum Company, Simonshy, Gene Simmons (not him, the other one), The Arrangement, The Art Movement, The Boston, The Bourbon Family, Café Con Leche, The Doughboys, Barry Mason, Billie Hayes, Jack Wild, Martha Raye, and Helen Love!

Thursday, February 27, 2014

EV70 (S3E10) Rat Pack of Gum

A special episode exploring the Rat Pack and their contributions to bubblegum pop. Plenty of great bubblegum and precursor bubblegum from Sammy Davis, Jr., Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Nancy Sinatra, Dino, Desi and Billy, Jerry Lewis, Gary Lewis and the Playboys, Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop! Also, a rare appearance by Old Man Bubblegum, performing a dramatic reading of the lyrics of the Theme from Shaft!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

EV69 (S3E9) Chewy, Chewy

Fifty-nine groovy minutes of bubblegum pop fun! We read about a day in the life of David Cassidy! Learn of Florence Henderson's secret absence from the first few Brady Bunch episodes! Who is today's Ohio Express?! Another Echo Valley Sad Song Marathon! Plenty of great bubblegum music from The Archies, Ohio Express, Tommy James and the Shondells, Partridge Family, Sugar Bears, Hardy Boys, Design, Dusty Greyrock, German Bonds, Rainbow, Sparrow, Florence Henderson, Mac Davis, Bread, Andy Kim and the Four Fuller Brothers!

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

EV68 (S3E8) Remember You’re a Womble

The first bubblegummy episode of the new year! A spotlight on The Wombles! Early round action of the Riverdale High School talent competition! Original vinyl recordings from heartthrobs Kurt Russell and John Travolta! Plenty of great bubblegum pop from folks like Dana Countryman, The Walkers, Josie and the Pussycats, Jimmy Osmond, World's Fare, Lancelot Link and the Evolution Revolution, The Ohio Express, The Cuff Links, Shawn, The Brady Kids, Michele and Jeff, ABBA, and Professor Morrison's Lollipop!

EV67 (S3E7) Bubblegum Holiday

The Season 3 Christmas Special! Rare and classic bubblegum Christmas music! Dramatic readings from John-Boy and Grandpa Walton! The Partridge Family and the Jackson 5 sing together (sort of)! Germany sends a Gummi Bear greeting! The DeFranco Family chats with Andy Williams! The Royal Guardsmen celebrate Christmas with Snoopy! Plenty of sugar and holiday music from The Archies, Herman's Hermits, Bobby Sherman, Loretta Lynn, Edward Bear, Frankie Valli, Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters, American Machine, The American Revolution, The Ventures, Tommy Roe and Luann Simms!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

EV66 (S3E6) Hey Honey Bun

An hour of happy, joyful bubblegum music! The lost art of eefing! Dramatic reading from a novel of the short-lived 1969 ABC "relevant" TV series The New People! Davy Jones sings to a monstrous frog on Scooby-Doo! A rare Archies triple play! Plenty of gum from Racey, Bobby Sherman, Melanie, Tommy Roe, Jay and the Techniques,The Coronadoes, Music Motors, Austin Roberts, The Gentrys, The Jackson 5, Joe Perkins and Jackpot!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

EV65 (S3E5) The Comedian Harmonists

We focus on the first boy band and maybe the first bubblegum band in history, the 1928 German group, The Comedian Harmonists! Also, enjoy a dramatic reading from a Partridge Family novel! A tribute to the official theme song writer for Hanna-Barbera, Hoyt Curtin! A Monkees double bubble! Plenty of great bubblegum music from Josie and the Pussycats, The Cuff Links, Middle of the Road, Jack Wild, The Harlem Globetrotters, The Partridge Family, Harpers Bizarre, The New Seekers, The Hot Wheels, The Catch, and The Uniques!

Friday, November 8, 2013

EV64 (S3E4) Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids

Broadcasting live from pregame for the big Riverdale High School football game! Go Gummy Bears! Learn the Archie's dance, "The Touchdown"! Spotlight on Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids! A dramatic reading from a 1971 issue of 'Teen Magazine! Burt Ward's Teenage Bill of Rights! Strange gum from The Care Bears! An early bubblegum classic from The Raindrops! Plenty more great bubblegum music by The Ohio Express, Kasenetz and Katz Singing Orchestral Circus, Bobby Sherman, Dr. Norman Greenbaum, Pop Workshop, Peppermint Trolley Company, Peppermint Circus, Peppermint Rainbow, The Hardy Boys, Jackie Trent and Tony Hatch, The Drifters, and The Royal Guardsmen.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

EV63 (S3E3) ABC’s of Bubblegum

26 Bubblegum Songs in 1 Hour! No other genre in the history of popular music could fit so much fun into so little time! Enjoy great bubblegum music from (in alphabetical order) Abraham and Strauss, Banana Splits, Chicory Tip, Davy Jones, Edd Byrnes and Connie Stevens, Five Americans, The Glory Rhodes, H.R. Pufnstuf, Ian Whitcomb and His Seaside Syncopators, Jackson 5, Kaye Stevens, The Lemon Pipers, The Monkees, 1910 Fruitgum Company, The Ohio Express, The Partridge Family,The Quick, The Rich Kids, Safety Patrol, Tony Darrow, Unchained Minds, Valerie Singleton, The Wombles, XTC, The Young Turks and the Kids from Zoom!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

EV62 (S3E2) Groovy Baby Bubblegum Music

Another hour of non-stop bubblegum fun! An Echo Valley world premiere of a great new Archies tribute song by Bill Dann and Jack Servello! A rare Mike Lookinland solo recording (Bobby from the Brady Bunch)! An amazingly bubbly DeFranco Family single! A dramatic reading of Archie Club News from a 1971 Archie comic book! Bob Marley sings gum! And plenty of unusually catchy bubblegum music from the Bourbon Family, The Buffoons, Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders, The Electric Banana, The Archies, Lou Christie, Brian Hyland, Sally Field, Andy Kim, Tommy James and the Shondells, 1910 Fruitgum Company, The Shadows of Knight and The Tygers!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

EV61 (S3E1) Your Friend, Bubblegum

Season 3 begins with more bubblicious music than you can shake a stick of gum at! Eddie himself sings the theme song from Courtship of Eddie's Father! Dramatic reading from Disney's Our Friend, the Atom!  Spotlight on the greatest pop songwriter you've never heard of, Albert Hammond! Plenty of bubblegum music by The Banana Splits, Harry Nilsson, Tommy James, Brandon Cruz, The Archies, Union Express, Ohio Express, Lancelot Link, Brotherhood of Man, (early rock greats) The Five Keys, Austin Roberts, Crazy Elephant, Bob Candee, The Rare Breed, Velvet Crest, Bobby Rydell, Bobby Sherman and The Bedrocks

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

EV60 (S2E30) Best of Season 2

Enjoy the greatest hits of Echo Valley Season 2! We've gathered our favorite bits and pieces from this past season all in one bubblegum-filled hour. Also, hear the Top Ten most played songs from Season 2! Enjoy music from the Ohio Express, 1910 Fruitgum Company, The Monkees, Davy Jones, The Partridge Family, The Sugar Bears, The Hot Wheels, The Harlem Globetrotters and much, much more!

Saturday, May 18, 2013

EV59 (S2E29) Jingle Jangle in the Jungle

Season 2 Finale! Live from Jingle Jangle in the Jungle, Kid Bubblegum's long-awaited 3-day outdoor bubblegum concert! Was the Kid's faith in the magic of bubblegum rewarded? No matter what happens, it's bound to be a joyous sunshiny love-fest in the sapodilla fields near Indian Lake on the outskirts of Echo Valley! During any downtime between performances, we'll play the top 10 favorite bubblegum songs of all time as voted on by bubblegum fans! Enjoy the great music of The Partridge Family, The Monkees, The Ohio Express, The Archies, The Fun and Games, The Sands, Crazy Elephant, Captain Groovy and His Bubblegum Army, The Cuff Links, Majic Ship, and The American Machine.

Monday, April 1, 2013

EV58 (S2E28) Dream of Jeannie & Boyce & Hart

We watch Boyce and Hart on TV's I Dream of Jeannie! A final update on Jingle Jangle in the Jungle, Kid Bubblegum's three-day bubblegum music extravaganza; will it happen!? Spotlight on the Kids from C.A.P.E.R.! Dramatic reading from an Avengers novel! We remember the Kids from Fame! Barbara Eden sings with Dawn (without Tony Orlando). Already been chewed gum from Layng Martine, Jr! Super-catchy rarity from Lally Stott! Plenty of great bubblegum music from Patrick MacNee and Diana Rigg, The Klowns, Ohio Express, 1910 Fruitgum Company, The American Breed,  Lou Christie, The Groovie Goolies, Paul Revere and the Raiders and The Love Affair!

Monday, March 11, 2013

EV57 (S2E27) Where There's Love, There's Sunshine

An extra dose of sunshine brightens this episode! A dramatic reading from a chapter book about The Osmond Brothers and the "New Pop Scene"! Another Echo Valley Sad Song Marathon! :( Movie star Kurt Russell sings Bobby Sherman! Plenty of great bubblegum music from The Hardy Boys, Jonathan King, The Archies, The Banana Splits, Blue Mink, St. David's Row, Beano, Arkade, Austin Roberts, Bobby Goldsboro, Sweet Salt, Sweet Basil, The Osmonds, and The Bottom Line!

Monday, February 18, 2013

EV56 (S2E26) Cereal Box Records

There was a time when you could cut out a picture of a record from the back of a cereal box and it would play on a phonograph like a real record! We celebrate those sweet and sugary cereal box records of the bubblegum era! Great music from The Archies, The Monkees, Bobby Sherman, The Jackson 5 and The Sugar Bears! Plus a dramatic reading of the back of a cereal box (of course)! Lots of rarities and hard-to-find collectibles on this special episode of Echo Valley!

Monday, February 4, 2013

EV55 (S2E25) Sally Field, The Flying Nun

The Flying Nun Sings! A dramatic reading from a Kojak novel! A Double Bubble from The Bugaloos! We get an update on Jingle Jangle in the Jungle, Kid Bubblegum's big outdoor bubblegum concert! Discover England's Chris Andrews! A Bubblegum Hall of Fame Classic from The Strangeloves! And plenty more great bubblegum music from Lancelot Link and The Evolution Revolution , Telly Savalas, Disneyland, Bobby Sherman, Real McCoy, Crazy Elephant, Ohio Express, The Monkees, Tommy Roe, Mumma Bear, Normand Gelinas, Sandwich and The Banana Splits!

Monday, January 21, 2013

EV54 (S2E24) Sugar, Sugar

Micky Dolenz' new take on a bubblegum classic! A legendary version of Peter's voice-changing Brady Bunch hit! Fonzie sings (sort of)! A dramatic reading from a Henry Winkler biography! Elvis Presley on Echo Valley!? We spotlight the bubblegum sensibilities of current Grammy-nominated group, The Lumineers! With all that, there's still room for plenty of great bubblegum music from Electric Flag, Hardy Boys, The Archies, ABBA, Alan Copeland and his Orchestra, The Sugar Bears, Neil Diamond, Ohio Express, Linzer and Randell, The New Society and Jay and the Techniques!

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Echo Valley 53 (S2E23) Rodney Allen Rippy

A bundle of bubblegum fun! Spotlight on loveable tyke Rodney Allen Rippy. Dramatic reading from Scooby-Doo Goes to the Zoo! The Echo Valley Time Machine takes us to the birth of lollipop bubblegum! A double bubble with The James Boys! A bluesy rock take on a 1910 Fruitgum Company classic! Plenty of great bubblegum music from the Harlem Globetrotters, Tommy James, Ohio Express, The Chordettes, Flash, Barry Blue, All Star United, Billy and the Essentials, The Sands, Daddy Dewdrop, Crazy Elephant, and The Zig-Zag People!

Monday, December 10, 2012

Echo Valley 52 (S2E22): A Bubblegum Christmas

 Our Season 2 Echo Valley Christmas Special celebrates family Christmases with The Cowsills, the Partridge Family, The Waltons, Kristy and Jimmy McNichol and The Archies! A dramatic reading from a holiday issue of a Partridge Family comic book! Debut of the Echo Valley Children's Christmas Choir! Plenty of great holiday bubblegum pop from The Jackson 5, the Brady Bunch, Ohio Express, 1910 Fruitgum Company, Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato, Selena Gomez, Popcorn Rebellion, Sultan of Ping, Wind with Tony Orlando, and Chipper!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Echo Valley Episode 51 (S2E21): Kurt Russell


Kurt Russell Sings! Remember the American Juniors?! Meet some Hobbits! Discover Pop Workshop! Dramatic reading from a Hot Wheels comic book! Plenty of great bubblegum music from Nicole Westbrook,  Ohio Express, Josie and the Pussycats, The Cowsills, Rick Springfield, The Osmonds, The Biggles, and Ray Stevens!

Friday, November 2, 2012

Echo Valley Episode 50 (S2E20): Young Professor Bubblegum

As a teenager, Professor Bubblegum interned at radio station WBBG-AM in Echo Valley. Imagine if we could hear his first hour on the air, November 2, 1968! Ever wondered what it was like for the future mayor (and Head Librarian) in those early days, as he discovered and began to fall in love with bubblegum pop? Well, wonder no more! You read that right! To celebrate the spectacularly groovy occasion of our 50th episode, we are excited to share this vintage recording of His Honor Rufus "Tommy" Gumm, his first day on the air! Our deepest gratitude goes to an anonymous fan who must have recorded this off the radio almost 50 years ago! Thank you, sir or madame! Happy 50th! (We apologize for the low sound quality which was characteristic of the medium at that time.)

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Echo Valley Episode 49 (S2E19): Kaptain Kool and the Kongs

 Welcome Kaptain Kool and the Kongs, hosts of The Krofft Supershow, to Echo Valley! Meet Tony Ronald! Enjoy a reading from an Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan comic book! Jeff Barry songs from the Harlem Globetrotters, The Illusion, Jay and the Americans and Andy Kim! Plenty more great bubblegum music from Tommy Roe, The Banana Splits, The Beau Brummelstones, Bobby Sherman, The Brotherhood, Arthur Conley and The Lemon Pipers!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Echo Valley Episode 48 (S2E18): The Jackson Five


A little something for everyone! A tribute to The Jackson 5 with a little help from Sonny and Cher! We read love letters to you from Paul Revere and the Raiders thanks to 16 Magazine! Discover the British bubblegum super-group seldom heard in the US, Blue Mink! An update on Kid Bubblegum and his efforts to create some sort of bubblegum Woodstock in the middle of the sapadilla orchard by Indian Lake! Plenty of great bubblegum music from Jimmy Osmond, Banaroo, American Breed, Paul Revere and the Raiders, The Newbeats, Lulu, The Archies, The Bugaloos, Christopher, and Daddy Dewdrop!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Echo Valley Episode 47 (S2E17): Brady Bunch Secrets

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Jam-packed with so many surprises! Who sings the Brady Bunch Theme in Season 1? A dramatic reading from a Keith Partridge, Master Spy novel! A Jack Wild Double Bubble. The Muppet Show with Bernadette Peters ("15 seconds to curtain, Miss Peters!"). A tribute to The Peppermint Trolley Company! A salute to our new neighbor, Mystery Neon! Strange Gum with Julie London! Unpleasantness from a censored Brady Bunch episode! And music with very high LK/HGII's (Little-known-compared-to-how-great-it-is ratio) from The Shades, The Sugar Bears, The Young Turks, Andy Kim, Ohio Express, 1910 Fruitgum Company, Music Explosion, Hot Wheels, Tommy Roe, Keith, The Freerose Corporation and The Cordells!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Echo Valley Episode 46 (S2E16): Leif Garrett

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A tribute to Leif Garrett! The Harlem Globetrotters meet Snow White! The official dog of Echo Valley, the beagle! Plenty of great bubblegum music from Giorgio, The Partridge Family, Gary Lewis and the Playboys, The Beagles, The Royal Guardsmen, Tommy Roe, Tommy James, The Kids from C.A.P.E.R., Reunion, Johnny Whitaker, The Royal Host, Lt. Garcia's Magic Music Box, The Magid (sic) Triplets, Mark Gutkowski and The Hardy Boys!

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Echo Valley Episode 45 (S2E15): Bubblegum at the Beach

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A day at the beach with some great bubblegum beach music! A dramatic reading from a Laurie Partridge comic book! A tribute to lady songwriter Carol Connors! Plenty of fun sandy bubblegum from folks like The Beach Boys, The Cowsills, The Ramones, The Hardy Boys, The First Class, The Hondells, The Archies, The Love Generation, The Partridge Family, Annette Funnicello, Typically Tropical, The Ohio Express and The 1910 Fruitgum Co.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Echo Valley Episode 44 (S2E14): Lidsville

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Butch Patrick sings! The LSD-inspired secret origins of Nancy Sinatra's Sugar Town! Dramatic reading from a Banana Splits comic book! Seldom heard Ron "Archie" Dante songs! Plenty of great bubblegum music from The Sweet, Tommy James, The Archies, The Ohio Express, Shirley Ellis, The Banana Splits, Ram Jam, New Dream, Michael Franti and Spearhead, The Jackson Five, The Jaggerz and The 1910 Fruitgum Company!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Echo Valley Episode 43 (S2E13): Happiness Train

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Mr. Rogers interviews Bill Bixby about The Incredible Hulk! Flip's Groovy Guide to the Groops tells us about the hot supergroup, Don and the Goodtimes! Out of nowhere, leaps a sad song marathon! More "strange gum"! Plenty of great bubblegum music from The Archies, Boyce and Hart, Gene Pitney, The Sugar Bears, Don and the Goodtimes, The Do-Re-Me Children's Chorus, The Hardy Boys, Rex Smith, East Main St. Explosion, Buddy Kaia and the Nomads, High Noon, The Sound of Six, Bobby Bloom, Tommy Roe, The Ohio Express, Sha-Na-Na, and Willie and the Red Rubber Band!

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Echo Valley Episode 42 (S2E12): Are You Ready for the Summer?

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So much bubblegum fun! The first appearance of music from the movie Meatballs! A dramatic reading from the novelization of Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo with a Love Bug song which rhymes banana with manana! The roots of Iko Iko! Bobby Sherman denies his fans are wacky! And plenty of great bubblegum music by the likes of The Archies, Dora the Explorer, The Ohio Express, Shaun Cassidy, Bobby Sherman, The Cowsills, Lulu, Sugar Boy Crawford, The Camp North Star Kids Chorus, Terry Black, The Teens, Nineteen Eighty Four, Herbie Goes Bananas, The Love Bug, The New Edition, 1910 Fruitgum Company, Ms. Zee and The Wombles!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Echo Valley Episode 41 (S2E11): "Already Been Chewed" Gum

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We feature bubblegum songs which "borrow" from each other! Enjoy some ABC (Already Been Chewed) gum with originals like  The Walkers, The Beatles, Austin Roberts, Bo Diddly, and Paul Revere and the Raiders and the acts who (allegedly) borrowed from them like Billy Joel, Johnny Whitaker, Mystery Science Theater 3000, Sha Na Na and Paul Revere and the Raiders (accused of stealing from themselves). There's a tribute to My Three Sons' Don Grady. We learn another simple Family Affair recipe "for boys" from Buffy's Cookbook! Plenty of other bubblegum by the likes of Sandie Shaw, The Cuff Links, The Tonics, Josie and the Pussycats, and Mirror!

Monday, July 16, 2012

Echo Valley Episode 40 (S2E10): The Kids from C.A.P.E.R.


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We welcome those nice young people, the Kids from C.A.P.E.R, to Echo Valley! A Battle of the Bands between The Animals and The Partridge Family! A dramatic reading from a Kool-Aid Man comic book. First appearance of the Strange Gum segment. An exciting bit of a Charlie Chan and the Chan Clan episode! Plus lots of great bubblegum music from Tommy James, The Monkees, Stamford Bridge, Sounds of Modification, The Ohio Express, Sound Laboratory,  Fifth Estate, Mrs. Miller, The Cowsills, Staten Island Ferry, The Left Banke, and Candy!

Monday, July 9, 2012

Echo Valley Episode 39 (S2E9): Canadian Bubblegum

The focus is on Canada and the great bubblegum to be found there from! We feature music of the Great White North from artists such as Andy Kim, The DeFranco Family, The Moffatts, Terry Jacks and Susan Jacks and the whole Poppy Family, The Crewcuts, William Shatner, Raffi, Anne Murray, Aleesia, Pilot, Edward Bear, and The Beach Boys (with their legendary, long lost version of Seasons in the Sun)!

Monday, July 2, 2012

Echo Valley Episode 38 (S2E8): Josie and the Pussycats

We focus on the singing cats and take a listen to the solo work of Josie's "backup" pussycats: Cheryl Ladd and the great Patrice Holloway! A dramatic reading from a Brady Bunch novel! We learn about the "Annette sound" of Annette Funnicello! A Double Bubble helping of The Music Explosion. Plenty of great bubblegum music from the likes of The Archies, Giorgio, The Four Freshmen, The Brady Kids, Boyce and Hart, The Frosted Flakes, The Banana Splits, The Merry Macs, The Innocence, The Royal Guardsmen and The Foundations.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Echo Valley Episode 37 (S2E7): Long Distance Dedications


This episode is full of dedications! There are dedications from me to you and from many residents of Echo Valley to other residents of Echo Valley! Plus we read the letter column from a 1970 Lois Lane comic book! Listen to this one with someone you love and enjoy great bubblegum music from The Bugaloos, The Beach Boys, David Cassidy, The Sweet Bippies, The Burris Young 'Uns, Vigrass, Ron Dante, Take That, the Clique, The Cattanooga Cats, The Wombles, Sammy Davis, Jr., The Paper Dolls, The Royal Guardsmen, The Archies, Hayley Mills, Lou Christie and The Ron Hicklin Singers!

Monday, June 18, 2012

Echo Valley Episode 36 (S2E6): Hot Wheels and Charo

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So much gummy fun in just 58 minutes! Tributes to The Hot Wheels , Charo (Cuchi-Cuchi!) and Robin Gibb! Herve Villechaize (Tattoo from Fantasy Island) sings! A dramatic reading from a Fantasy Island novel. Double bubble music from The Wombles! A Hall of Fame classic from The Cowsills. Plenty of bubblegum music from folks like The Sugar Bears, Tommy Roe, Gilbert O'Sullivan, Gary Lewis and the Playboys, Wind (with Tony Orlando), Nineteen Eighty-Four and The Gas Station!

Monday, June 11, 2012

Echo Valley Episode 35 (S2E5): Sha La La

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In sha la la episode sha la la tribute to shal la la sha la sha la! Sha la la 14 year-old identical twins sha la idols sha la la Andy sh la la David Williams! Sha la la TV show Room 222 sha la la Karen Valentine! Plenty of great sha la la bubblegum la music sha la la The Bugaloos, The Archies, The Ohio Express, The Williams Twins, Dan Janssen and Austin Roberts, The Zoot, ? and the Mysterions, The Shirelles, The Hardy Boys, The Walkers, Symon and Pi, Lancelot Link, Plastic Bertrand, and The Uniques!

Monday, May 28, 2012

Echo Valley Episode 34 (S2E4): Little Jimmy Osmond


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We explore the secret missing years of Jimmy Osmond, the youngest and most mysterious of the Osmonds. We read from a book written by Miss Susan Dey (Lori of The Partridge Family) that is for girls only!! A spotlight on Mungo Jerry, a group with hits spanning five decades. A look at the new fall season on ABC. And, as always, plenty of great bubblegum music from folks like The Hardy Boys, The Sands, The Partridge Family, The Brady Bunch, The Buckinghams, Third Rail, the Bubblegum, Candy Choir, Giorgio and The Fun and Games!

Monday, May 21, 2012

Echo Valley Episode 33 (S2E3): Dick Clark

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The late, great Dick Clark "co-hosts" the show this week. There's a tribute to the early 70's animated Rick Springfield! ABBA visits town for the first time. The Village People are here! Plenty of great bubblegum music from folks like The Archies, The Hardy Boys, The American Breed, Abraham and Strauss, The Grass Roots, The Guise, Hot Chocolate Music Company Ltd., Lawrence Welk, 1909 Chewing Gum Hit Company, Hungry Tiger, The Hot Wheels and The Raspberries!

Monday, May 7, 2012

Echo Valley Episode 32 (S2E2): Secret Origins of The Partridge Family

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The mystery of The Partridge Family and the most important 15 seconds in the history of pop music! A dramatic reading from a That Girl! novel; A Bubblegum Hall of Fame Classic from The Fun and Games; The Lemon Pipers in French; Plenty of great bubblegum music from The Cowsills, The Love Generation, The Partridge Family, Ola and the Janglers, The Pipkins, The Racket Squad, Shirley Ellis, The Left Banke, The Groovy Goolies, Hanson (finally), Marlo Thomas, The McCoys, Neil Diamond and The Music Explosion.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Echo Valley Episode 31 (S2E1): Davy Jones

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Season 2 of Echo Valley: The Original Bubblegum Music Podcast begins! This jam-packed episode includes a special tribute to the late, great Davy Jones, a dramatic reading from a Monkees comic book, Tommy Roe's appearance on Green Acres, a brief update on Kid Bubblegum's fate, and great bubblegum music that we've waited many long weeks to play, from the likes of The Banana Splits, Dolenz, Jones, Boyce and Hart ("The Monkees"?), Giorgio, Ice Cream, Eddie, Dennis and Mike, Marshmallow Way, The Ohio Express, The Hardy Boys, Tommy Roe, The Archies, Bobby Bloom, The Hollies, and Music Explosion.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Echo Valley Episode 30: Best of Season 1

We've chosen  our favorite moments from the 29 episodes of Season 1 of Echo Valley! Plus the first annual Top Ten Bubblegum Countdown of the most played bubblegum songs from Season 1. Will your favorite be among them?