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“Frankenstein of ’59”: Roots of Sampling

Dickie Goodman, in partnership with Bill Buchanan, produced a series of comedic “break-in” records – newscast spoofs in which a fictitious reporter’s questions are met with carefully-selected snippets taken from the latest radio hits (i.e., early sampling).  Buchanan & Goodman‘s groundbreaking partnership, which started in 1956, sadly lasted only lasted three years, and “Frankenstein of ’59” just might be among their last collaborations:

“Frankenstein of ’59”

Buchanan & Goodman (1959)

Released on independent label, Novelty Records

Cash Box Best Bet for the week of January 24, 1959 — rated a B+ and praised thusly:

The team, which several years ago offered the novelty sensation, “Flying Saucer”, turns a similar trick on a horror theme:  Frankenstein is on the loose, with the narrative being interrupted at appropriate times with snatches from various hit decks (“Come Prima”, “Beep Beep”, “Tom Dooley”, “Problems”) etc. A novelty performance that can break wide-open.


LINK to Break-In Records on Zero to 180

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