The Nickel, 1910 Fruitgum, Boyce & Hart and No Fudge

Posted: September 3, 2011 in 1969

The Nickel Revolution was looking forward to an exciting night on August 23, 1968 as the band was appearing in concert with Tommy Boyce and Bobbi Hart, The 1910 Fruitgum Company and Vanilla Fudge—only the Fudge never showed up.

 Anytime a big rock act is a does not show up for a gig, the rumors circulate faster than a can of air freshener at a Candy Floss songwriting session (Candy Floss is the production company that wrote Oscar Crunch…the bubblegum song that The Nickel Revolution was forced to perform).

The Nickel was disappointed like everyone else because the Fudge had a huge hit with their remake of You Keep Me Hanging On. The newspaper article (included here) was not able to provide any answers as to why the Fudge did not show up. However, as the article mentions, the 1910 Fruitgum Company launched into some heavier rock and roll and gave the audience a very good show.

The Nickel Revolution opened the show, followed by Tommy Boyce and Bobbi Hart. Boyce and Hart had a smash hit with I Wonder What She’s Doing Tonight? Backstage provided a great opportunity for the Nickel to get to know these talented songwriters who wrote, performed and produced the soundtrack to the pilot of The Monkees (later, the Monkees re-recorded the vocals over Boyce and Hart’s). You can learn more online about the talented team online (Boyce passed away in 1994 at age 55). 

The 1910 Fruitgum Company provided a lot of fun onstage and backstage as well. It was a great opportunity for the Nickel Revolution to get to know them as the band would appear with them in concert a second time.  


1910 Fruitgum Company

Tommy Boyce and Bobbi Hart

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  1. powerhouseus says:

    these posts are gr8. it reminds me of the earliest days of the concert business. bands often didn’t show, crazy things happened. things developed regionally, then nationally…it’s a far cry from the corporate ruled concert business od today..i miss it!

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