Thursday, July 28, 2005

Gummy Award Winners Get Their Sweet Revenge

LOS ANGELES (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – The folks who write and sing “bubblegum music” rarely win Grammies but they’re getting their sweet revenge in October.

The best and brightest bubblegum musicians of the last 40 years are being honored with “Bubblegum Achievement Awards” – or “Gummies” for short.

This year, the Gummies take place in Los Angeles on Oct. 7 and will honor Steve Barri of the Grass Roots who also lent a hand to the careers of Ron Dante, the lead singer of the Archies and Joey Levine, who sang hits like “Yummy Yummy Yummy” for the Ohio Express.

Gummies organizer Kim Cooper feels bubblegum hits like “Sugar Sugar” and “I Think We’re Alone Now” are as classic as any classic rock tunes, but unfortunately “you have to be secure in your musical taste to appreciate them.”

She hopes the Gummies change things because, in her words, “The people who recorded these songs know they did good stuff and it hurt their feelings they were being sneered at.”

Besides being surrounded by appreciative fans, each Gummie winner receives a trophy of a winged woman holding a shellacked bubble gum ball.

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