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Marathons

The five singers who sang on "Peanut Butter," a popular R&B novelty tune, were really the Vibrations masquerading as the Marathons. These same guys, save for a couple of changes, had previously recorded as the Jay Hawks, charting with "Stranded in the Jungle" in 1956. "Stranded in the Jungle" was a novelty tune and probably was the first instance of "sampling" -- sound bites from popular songs jumped from the lyrics like news bulletins. Don Bradley (bass), Carl Fisher (second tenor), Dave Govan (baritone), Jimmy Johnson (lead), and Richard Owens (first tenor) had a hit as the Vibrations with "The Watusi"; the dance song peaked at number 25. Multi-talented H.B. Barnum thought the group's sound was ideal for "Peanut Butter," a novelty tune he had co-written. Few imagined the tune would become as big as it did.

A lawsuit resulted when Checker Records discovered the charade. The Vibrations' members had individual contracts with Checker, and the label won the rights to market copies of "Peanut Butter" under their logo. Not to be denied, Arvee Records promptly secured the rights to the name the Marathons. Arvee released "Tight Sweater," written by a young Sonny Bono, as the follow-up. The recording failed to further the Marathons' name, as did Arvee's album release by the Marathons. Arvee rounded up some more singers to record "Peanut Butter"'s successor and the album tracks; the same group also performed as the Marathons. ~ Andrew Hamilton
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Track List: Funniest Food Songs

1. Lollipop

3. Cinnamon

4. Peanuts

5. Bread And Butter

6. Does Your Chewing Gum Lose It's Flavor On The Bedpost Over Night

7. Ginger Bread

8. Peanut Butter

9. Cherry Pie

10. Gravy (For My Mashed Potatoes)

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Track List: One Hit Wonders - A Group Effort

1. Earth Angel (Will You Be Mine)

2. Black Denim Trousers

3. Eddie My Love

4. Let The Good Times Roll

5. Peanuts

6. Buzz Buzz Buzz

7. Summertime, Summertime

8. I've Had It

9. So Fine

10. Mule Skinner Blues

11. Heart And Soul

12. Peanut Butter

13. A Little Bit Of Soap

14. I Need Your Lovin'

15. Pop Pop Pop Pie

16. Remember Then

17. The Cinnamon Cinder (It's A Very Nice Dance)

18. Rhythm Of The Rain

19. Sally Go Round The Roses

22. Who Do You Love

23. The Jerk

24. Cool Jerk

25. Psychotic Reaction

27. Next Plane To London

28. Lo Mucho Que Te Quiero

29. Gimme Gimme Good Lovin'

30. Morning Girl

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Track List: The Marathons & Friends: Talkin Trash'

1. Peanut Butter

2. Talkin' Trash

3. Tight Sweater

4. C. Percy Mercy Of Scotland Yard

5. Chicken Spaceman

6. You Bug Me Baby

7. High Blood Pressure

8. Oink Jones

9. Tutti Frutti

10. Nothing In The World

11. Gee

12. Just Like That

13. Whole Lot Of Imagination

14. Live Wire Suzie

15. Oh No

16. Big Chief Little Puss

17. Shame Shame Shame

18. How Long Will It Take

19. Bye Bye Baby

20. Ain't No Big Thing

21. I'm Looking Around

22. Foolish

23. No One - No One But You

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Track List: West Coast Sock Hop

1. Peanut Butter

2. Big Boy Pete

3. Johnny Guitar

5. The Living End

6. (Baby) Hully Gully

7. Live Wire Suzie

8. C. Percy Mercy Of Scotland Yard

9. From Now On

10. Joan Of Love

11. Your Kind Of Love

12. The Stomp

14. Oh No

15. I Can't Help It

16. Chicken Spaceman

17. Good For Nothin'

18. Just Like That

19. Shimmy Like Kate

21. Let's Start A Romance

22. El Pizza

23. The Heebee Jeebees

24. Tight Sweater

25. Untouchable

26. Tell Me So

27. Dance By The Light Of The Moon

28. Whole Lot Of Imagination

30. Talkin' Trash

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Peanut Butter by the Marathons now your gettin down remember the Hully Gully ?

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