Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Dickie Goodman and Ruthie - "Speaking of Ecology" (1970)

Dickie Goodman and Ruthie - "Speaking of Ecology" (did not chart). Written by Bill Ramal and Dickie Goodman. 45: "Speaking of Ecology"/"Dayton's Theme" (Ramgo 1971).

Ecology was on everyone's mind in the early seventies, but perhaps even more so on that of "break-in" king Dickie Goodman because of his involvement in the glass bottle industry campaign discussed previously. His non-charting "Speaking of Ecology" listed "Dickie Goodman and Ruthie" as artists, with Ruthie, as revealed by his son John in The King of Novelty (2000), being Goodman's mistress at the time. After this, a non-Goodman break-in single called "Convention '72" would renew public taste in Goodman's specialty.

The samples: "Shaft" (Isaac Hayes), "Ain't No Sunshine" (Bill Withers), "Make It Funky" (James Brown), "Gypsys, Tramps and Thieves" (Cher), "Only You Know and I Know" (Delaney and Bonnie), "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" (Joan Baez), "Thin Line Between Love and Hate" (Persuaders), "Yo Yo" (Osmonds), "Maggie May" (Rod Stewart), "Do You Know What I Mean" (Lee Michaels), "Never My Love" (5th Dimension), "Sweet City Woman" (Stampeders).

Dickie Goodman and Ruthie - "Speaking of Ecology"

See also: Early '70s Break-In Records on the Charts

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