3 Rabbit Band

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Saturday, August 4, 2012

The Banana Splits

The Banana Splits' bubblegum pop rock and roll was provided by studio professionals, including Joey Levine ("I Enjoy Being a Boy", "It's a Good Day for a Parade"); Al Cooper ("You're the Lovin' End"); Barry White ("Doin' the Banana Split"); Gene Pitney ("Two Ton Tessie") and Jimmy Radcliffe provided his songs ("I'm Gonna Find A Cave", "Soul", "Don't Go Away Go-Go Girl", "Adam Had 'Em" and "The Show Must Go On") but did not contribute vocals to Splits recordings. The music director was music publisher Aaron Schroder while production duties were mainly handled by David Mook. When a heavier R&B vocal was needed, the music producers usually turned to singer Ricky Lancelotti (billed in the show credits under his stage name Rick Lancelot). Lancelotti went on to become one of Frank Zappa's many lead vocalists in late 1972.
In 1968, The Banana Splits released an album on Decca Records titled We're the Banana Splits. The show’s theme song, titled "The Tra La-La Song", released as a single, peaked at number 97 on Billboard's Top 100 in February 1969. The version included on the We're The Banana Splits album is the same recording heard at the beginning of the show, while the single version is an entirely different arrangement and recording of the song, featuring an additional verse. The song was written by Nelson Brock Winkless, Jr., however, owing to contractual arrangements, on all record releases (as well as the TV show's closing credits), credit given to Ritchie Adams and Steve Kincannon ( Formerly of Cream and the Allman Brothers ). Winkless is credited as co-writer, along with Hoyt Cortin, of "The Beautiful Calliope" (also called "My Beautiful Calliopesaxaviatrumparimbaclaribassotrombaphone"), which was featured several times in the television series and also issued on record.


  1. Interesting this was a Kellogg's release. I have the HR Pufnstuf Kellogg's record you had to send in the mail to get. Now, I honestly didn't keep it that long, I bought mine off eBay, but I did have it as a kid. My sisters were into the TV show as was I and we ordered a copy from the cereal box. That record was in a box of 45s which frankly held up rather well through the years even though most records had no sleeves. I can't imagine storing records like that today!

    Anyway, the one I got from eBay had the mailer sleeve in perfect shape, the record sleeve and the cardboard folded sleeve with track info and pictures from the show. The record was in great shape as well, not played too much at all. Still shiny and no visible scratches. Transferred great to digital.

    I made a CD version of the package from scratch scanning and recreating to fit the size, and of course due to the increased capacity, I added tracks from other CDs that had other Pufnstuf music as well as transfers I took from the DVDs of the show.

    Back at this time was really when they felt they could make anybody a star singing or acting. Not knocking Jack Wild (friend of Phil Collins and the kid who took over as Oliver from Davy Jones who took over from Phil Collins) but I mean manufactured musical groups, like The Archies, and The Pussycats, and The Brady Kids...it seems if it was on TV they somehow tried to make more from the stars then they should have.

    I do also have 2 of 3 Jack Wild albums my sister owned back when we were kids. Of course the one I am missing is the most expensive on eBay. lol But until recently, I believe you could have grabbed it from YouTube.

    Anyway, I loved the Banana Splits and that record label is hilarious! Another "banana" label was used by The Rutles poking fun at the Beatles' Apple label.