Bo Donaldson and the Heywoods, Ohio Express to Perform Tonight at Heart of Ohio Festival
By Timothy Perry
June 26, 2015 10:13 AM
Today marks the third day of the Centerburg Heart of Ohio Festival. The night's theme will be music from the "bubble gum" era.
Gum Music" was the genre of much of the late 1960's and early 70's
music. A sharp contrast to the other popular genre of that time,"
psychedelic music" was a walk on the wild side while the bubble gum was
more sweet, cutesy and directed at the "teenyboppers" or younger teens.
festival midway will open at 5 PM, followed by the Ohio Express at 6
PM. Around 7:45 an autographed guitar will be auctioned, the at 8 PM, Bo
Donaldson and the Heywoods will take the stage.
One of the
premiere groups of bubble gum was the Ohio Express, hailing from
Mansfield, Ohio. Hit songs such as Beg, Borrow and Steal, Down at
Lulu's, Chewy Chewy, and their biggest hit Yummy Yummy topped the
charts. The original group was well known in the area as Sir Timothy and
the Royals but after Beg, Borrow and Steal the name was changed.
Donaldson and the Heywoods had been performing for nearly a decade when
they hit Teen-Idol pay dirt. Touring in the mid 60's as an opening act
for supergroups like The Rascals, Paul Revere and The Raiders, Box-Tops,
Grassroots and Herman's Hermits gave the group enough exposure to
garner them a strong following on the live circuit. An opening stint for
The Osmond Brothers and appearances on Dick Clark's American Bandstand
and "Action '73" TV shows poised Bo Donaldson and The Heywoods into the
right realm for the stardom they would soon achieve.
single, "Special Someone," hit the charts in 1972 then the next single
"Deeper and Deeper' came in 1973. "Billy, Don't Be A Hero" was all that
was necessary to shoot Bo and The Heywoods up to the #1 spot for two
weeks, sell more than three million copies and earn The Heywoods a gold
record. Four more Top 40 singles followed on the heels of "Billy, Don't
Be A Hero." The Top 15 follow up hit, "Who Do You Think You Are," was an
utterly irresistible pop song from the pens of Jigsaws Clive Scoff and
Des Dyer. The acts next Top 40 hit, "The Heartbreak Kid," was written by
Michael Price and Dan Walsh, who had written hits for The Grassroots.
The next single "House on Telegraph Hill" dealt with the San Francisco
earthquake of 1906. The band's last chart showing was the ballad, "Our
Last Song Together'wriften by Neil Sedaka and Howard Greenfield.
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