♫ Yummy Yummy Yummy ♫

Okay, lately I’ve been playing a lot of songs with deep meanings, and because the music post is the last thing I do at night, I’m often too tired to create a new post and settle for re-duxing a previous post.  Tonight, I decided to go for something completely silly, something to make you smile, maybe even chuckle aloud.  I remember this one from back in the day … way back in the day when I didn’t have to look at my notepad each morning to remember my name!  I know some of my readers (Clive, rg & David) won’t like this one from the ‘Bubblegum Pop Era’, but even they must admit it’s lighthearted and upbeat, a bit of comic relief.

Joey Levine, who was the lead singer of the Ohio Express, wrote this with Arthur Resnick, who also wrote Under The Boardwalk and Good Lovin’. Levine worked for Buddah Records under the direction of Jerry Kasenetz and Jeff Katz, who used studio musicians to back up Levine on this song.

Now, as I understand it, the Ohio Express wasn’t actually a band, but … well, here’s what Wikipedia has to say about them …

The Ohio Express is an American bubblegum pop band, formed in Mansfield, Ohio, in 1967. Though marketed as a band, it would be more accurate to say that the name “Ohio Express” served as a brand name used by Jerry Kasenetz’s and Jeffry Katz’s Super K Productions to release the music of a number of different musicians and acts. The best known songs of Ohio Express (including their best scoring single, “Yummy Yummy Yummy”) were actually the work of an assemblage of studio musicians working out of New York, including singer/songwriter Joey Levine.

A band previously known as Sir Timothy and the Royals was renamed “The Ohio Express” and hired to promote the singles by appearing at all live performances. This is the same group photographed on the record covers.

Make of that what you will, for I’m thoroughly confused.  At any rate, I hope this song brings a bit of humour into your day and a smile to your face.

Yummy Yummy Yummy
Ohio Express

Yummy, yummy, yummy, I’ve got love in my tummy
And I feel like a-lovin you
Love, you’re such a sweet thing, good enough to eat thing
And that’s just a-what I’m gonna do

Ooh, love to hold ya
Ooh, love to kiss ya
Ooh, love I love it so

Ooh love, you’re sweeter
Sweeter than sugar
Ooh love, I won’t let you go

Yummy, yummy, yummy, I’ve got love in my tummy
And as silly as it may seem
The lovin’ that you’re giving is what keeps me livin’
And your love is like peaches and cream

Kind-a like sugar
Kind-a like spices
Kind-a like, like what you do

Kind-a sounds funny
But, I love honey
And honey, I love you

Yummy, yummy, yummy, I’ve got love in my tummy
That your love can satisfy
Love, you’re such a sweet thing, good enough to eat thing
And sweet thing, that ain’t no lie

I love to hold ya
I love to kiss ya
Oh love, I love it so

Oh love, you’re sweeter
Sweeter than sugar
Oh love, I won’t let you go

Sweet thing
Yummy, yummy
Sweet thing

Sweet thing
Yummy, yummy
Sweet thing

Source: Musixmatch
Songwriters: A. Resnick / J. Levine
Yummy Yummy lyrics © Trio Music Company, Alley Music Corp., Trio Music Co., Inc., Trio Music Co Inc

♫ Neither One Of Us ♫

Now, typically I get a song in my head, check to see if I have played it here before and if so, when.  If it has been played in the past 12 months, I won’t re-play it, but will move on and find another.  Every now and then, though, I make an exception to that rule (I can do that, ’cause it’s my blog so I can break my own rules, just not too often).  The reason for this one tonight is that last night I played another by Gladys Knight, “Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me”, and in the comments, my dear friend David mentioned that if I had played this one, he would “still be relaxed all over the floor”.  Well, since I thought that would be a fun thing to see, I decided to play this one, but then discovered I played it back in May of this year.  Oh well … rules are meant to be broken, so sit back and enjoy!  ( I did make one change from May’s version, and changed to a different video)


I hope you’re in the mood for a bit of soul music tonight, ’cause I bookmarked this one a week or so ago to play, and never got around to it.  Y’know … I’m amazed by how short my memory has become just in the past year, maybe less.  I came up with a song I wanted to play, thought I had never played it, only to find that I played it about two weeks ago!  Wouldn’t you think I could remember that far back?  Sigh.

Released on December 26, 1972 on Motown’s Soul Records, it became one of the biggest hit singles to date for Gladys Knight and the Pips, and was also the last single the group released prior to them leaving Motown for Buddah Records in February 1973.  They had been with Motown for six-and-a-half years, but according to Ms. Knight, she and the group were regarded as a second-string act and that “Diana (Ross) & The Supremes, The Temptations and Marvin Gaye were given all the hits, while we took the leftovers”.

On March 2, 1974, at the Grammy Awards ceremony, Gladys Knight & The Pips won the Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group for Neither One of Us. Previously that same night, they had won their first Grammy for Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group for Midnight Train to Georgia.  In 1996, the group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

I did not know that Gladys Knight made her singing debut at the age of 4, and three years later, she won a $2000 first prize singing Nat “King” Cole’s Too Young on Ted Mack’s Original Amateur Hour.  Pretty impressive, eh?

Neither One Of Us (Wants To Be The First To Say Goodbye)
Gladys Knight

It’s sad to think
We’re not gonna make it
And it’s gotten to the point
Where we just can’t fake it

For some ungodly reason
Just won’t let it die
I guess neither one of us
Wants to be the first to say goodbye

I keep wondering
What I’m gonna do without you?
And I guess you must be
Wondering the same thing too

So we go on
Go on together living a lie
Because neither one of us
Wants to be the first to say goodbye

Every time I find the nerve
Every time I find the nerve to say, I’m leaving
Memories, those old memories
Get in my way

Lord knows it’s only me
Only know it’s only me that I’m deceiving
When it comes to saying goodbye
That a simple word that I just cannot say

There can be no way, there can be no way
This can have a happy ending, no, no
So we just go on hurting and pretending
And convincing ourselves to give it just one more try

Because neither one of us
Wants to be the first to say
Neither one of us
Wants to be the first to say
Neither one of us
Wants to be the first to say

Farewell my love
Goodbye

Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: James D. Weatherly
Neither One Of Us (Wants To Be The First To Say Goodbye) lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

♫ Neither One Of Us ♫

I hope you’re in the mood for a bit of soul music tonight, ’cause I bookmarked this one a week or so ago to play, and never got around to it.  Y’know … I’m amazed by how short my memory has become just in the past year, maybe less.  I came up with a song I wanted to play, thought I had never played it, only to find that I played it about two weeks ago!  Wouldn’t you think I could remember that far back?  Sigh.

Released on December 26, 1972 on Motown’s Soul Records, it became one of the biggest hit singles to date for Gladys Knight and the Pips, and was also the last single the group released prior to them leaving Motown for Buddah Records in February 1973.  They had been with Motown for six-and-a-half years, but according to Ms. Knight, she and the group were regarded as a second-string act and that “Diana (Ross) & The Supremes, The Temptations and Marvin Gaye were given all the hits, while we took the leftovers”.

On March 2, 1974, at the Grammy Awards ceremony, Gladys Knight & The Pips won the Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group for Neither One of Us. Previously that same night, they had won their first Grammy for Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group for Midnight Train to Georgia.  In 1996, the group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

I did not know that Gladys Knight made her singing debut at the age of 4, and three years later, she won a $2000 first prize singing Nat “King” Cole’s Too Young on Ted Mack’s Original Amateur Hour.  Pretty impressive, eh?

Neither One Of Us (Wants To Be The First To Say Goodbye)
Gladys Knight

It’s sad to think
We’re not gonna make it
And it’s gotten to the point
Where we just can’t fake it

For some ungodly reason
Just won’t let it die
I guess neither one of us
Wants to be the first to say goodbye

I keep wondering
What I’m gonna do without you?
And I guess you must be
Wondering the same thing too

So we go on
Go on together living a lie
Because neither one of us
Wants to be the first to say goodbye

Every time I find the nerve
Every time I find the nerve to say, I’m leaving
Memories, those old memories
Get in my way

Lord knows it’s only me
Only know it’s only me that I’m deceiving
When it comes to saying goodbye
That a simple word that I just cannot say

There can be no way, there can be no way
This can have a happy ending, no, no
So we just go on hurting and pretending
And convincing ourselves to give it just one more try

Because neither one of us
Wants to be the first to say
Neither one of us
Wants to be the first to say
Neither one of us
Wants to be the first to say

Farewell my love
Goodbye

Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: James D. Weatherly
Neither One Of Us (Wants To Be The First To Say Goodbye) lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group