Dr. West’s Medicine Show And Junk Band

Dr. West's Medicine Show And Junk BandFrom: Los Angeles, CA, USA

This L.A. ensemble is best known for its 1967 minor novelty hit ‘The Eggplant That Ate Chicago’, which reached #52 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1966, and also for including band leader and chief songwriter Norman Greenbaum (guitar, vocals) who went on to score a huge hit with ‘Spirit In The Sky’ in 1970. Other members were Jack Carrington (junk instruments), Evan Engber (bass) and Bonnie Zee Wallach (kazoo, vocals).

The group’s genesis can be traced back to 1965 when Greenbaum, a student from Boston University and local folk musician, relocated to L.A. to form a band. Their music centered around odd melodies and junk instruments that attracted local record label Go Go, which signed them to a contract in 1966 and issued the single ‘The Eggplant That At Chicago’ late that year. The song was a minor hit and laid the groundwork for an LP of the same name in early 1967. Unfortunately, the full length album didn’t follow the commercial success of the single and a few subsequent 45s also failed to chart. The band released a final single on the Gregar label in early 1968, but broke up soon after. “Eggplant” remained a cult classic throughout the early 70s with the help of the Dr. Demento radio program, which frequently played the song during that period.

Artist information sources include: The book, ‘Fuzz, Acid, and Flowers Revisited’ by Vernon Joynson.

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Tracks played on Psychedelicized…

From the 1967 single CBS 202658

  • Gondoliers, Shakespeares, Overseers, Playboys & Bum

From the 1968 single Page One POF 061

  • Jigsaw

From 1967 album The Eggplant That Ate Chicago
Dr. West's Medicine Show And Junk Band - The Eggplant That Ate Chicago

  • The Eggplant That Ate Chicago