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The Ohio Express is an American musical recording unit, mainly active from 1967 through 1970, and continuing intermittently to this present day. 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 Jeffrey Katz's Super K Productions to release the music of a number of different musicians and acts. Several other "Ohio Express" hits were the work of other, unrelated musical groups, including The Rare Breed, and an early incarnation of 10cc. In addition, a completely separate touring version of Ohio Express appeared at all live dates, and recorded some of the band's album tracks. he question of who is the 'real' Ohio Express is difficult. The first record credited to Ohio Express was "Beg, Borrow And Steal", a Top 40 hit in the US and Canada in late 1967. However, exactly the same record had initially been issued as by The Rare Breed in early 1966 on Attack Records. The band's original recording of "Beg, Borrow & Steal" was then re-mixed and re-issued in August 1967 on Cameo Parkway Records, now credited to The Ohio Express. With no group available to promote the single by playing live dates, Super K Productions hired a Mansfield, Ohio band known as Sir Timothy & The Royals and renamed them The Ohio Express. Ohio Express then moved to the home label of bubblegum pop, Buddah Records. At the same time, Joey Levine was coming up with new material for The Ohio Express. He recorded a demo version of the track "Yummy Yummy Yummy". Two months after its issue it had sold over one million copies. The success of the Levine-led "Yummy Yummy Yummy" set a pattern for The Ohio Express. They released four LPs and a multitude of singles for Buddah between 1968 and 1970, but the "official" group that appeared on album sleeves and at live shows contributed not a single note to their hit singles. After five straight singles co-written and sung by Joey Levine, Levine grew dissatisfied with the amount of money he was receiving from his production deal, and left Super K Productions in early 1969. After Levine left, Ohio Express never again made the top 40 in North America. One later minor hit single, "Sausalito" was co-written and sung by Graham Gouldman, and performed by the four musicians who would later make up 10CC. By 1970, with the hits having stopped, the group name Ohio Express was quietly retired. A new touring version of Ohio Express was convened in the 1980s and still touring today.

A long list of members can be found here.

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1910 Fruitgum Co.: Special Delivery / Ohio Express: Pinch Me
Tommy James: Crystal Blue Persuation / Sly And Family Stone: I Want To Take You Higher
Thailand
TK Records TK-313
Value: 20

Archies: Bang-Shang-A-Lang / 1910 Fruitgum Co.: Goody Goody Gumdrops
Ohio Expres: Chewy Chewy / Bee Gees: Kitty Can
Thailand
12TK No. 281
Value: 20

Beg Borrow And Steal
Maybe
France
Stateside FSS 527
Value: 40

Beg Borrow And Steal / And It's True
I Know We'll Be Together / It's Too Groovy
Mexico
Gamma GX 07-491
Value: 30

Bobby Gentry / The Kim Sisters
Ohio Express: Love Equals Love / The Equals
Malaysia
Fortuna FOEP 5015
Value: 20
TOP HITS VOL. 7

Chewy Chewy
Firebird
Belgium
Buddah BE 610017
Value: 5

Chewy Chewy
Firebird
France
Buddah 610 017
Value: 10

Chewy Chewy
Firebird
Germany
Buddah 201 023
Value: 10

Chewy Chewy
Firebird
Holland
Buddah BD 70
Value: 10

Chewy Chewy
Firebird
Japan
Buddah LL-2209-DA
Value: 15

Chewy Chewy
Firebird
Spain
Buddah 201 023
Value: 10

Chewy Chewy
Firebird
Yugoslavia
RTB Buddah S53 533 Bu
Value: 10

Chewy Chewy
Sweeter Than Sugar
Italy
Buddah BD 75.019
Value: 10

Chewy Chewy / Firebird
Down At Lulu's / She's Not Comin' Home
Israel
Buddah EP-IB 1027
Value: 35

Chewy Chewy / Firebird
Down At Lulu's / She's Not Comin' Home
Mexico
Buddah EPB-1519
Value: 20

Chewy Chewy / It's A Sad Day
Firebird / First Grade Reader
Portugal
Buddah 202 012
Value: 35

Chewy Chewy / Mercy
Yummy Yummy Yummy / Cowboy Convention
Australia
Buddah 220 4012
Value: 25
LIGHT PINK SLEEVE

Chewy Chewy / Mercy
Yummy Yummy Yummy / Cowboy Convention
Australia
Buddah 220 4012
Value: 25
DARK PINK SLEEVE

Christie: Yellow River / Tommy Roe: Dizzy
1910 Fruitgum Co.: Simon Says / Ohio Express: Yummy Yummy Yummy
Thailand
4Track M.169
Value: 20

Cowboy Convention
Gimme Gimme
Italy
Buddah BD 75.029
Value: 10

Cowboy Convention
The Race
France
Buddah 610 052
Value: 15

Cowboy Convention
The Race
Germany
Buddah 201 078
Value: 15

Cowboy Convention
The Race
Japan
Buddah LL-2319-DA
Value: 25

Cowboy Convention
The Race
Spain
Buddah 12 01 078
Value: 15

Cowboy Convention
The Race
Sweden
Buddah 201.078
Value: 20

Cowboy Convention
The Race
Yugoslavia
RTB Buddah S53 580
Value: 15

Down At Lulu's
She's Not Comin' Home
France
Buddah 610 015
Value: 15

Down At Lulu's
She's Not Comin' Home
Germany
Buddah 201 019
Value: 10

Down At Lulu's
She's Not Comin' Home
Holland
Buddah BD 56
Value: 10

Down At Lulu's
She's Not Comin' Home
Japan
Buddah LL-2191-DA
Value: 25

Down At Lulu's
She's Not Comin' Home
Spain
Buddah 201 019
Value: 10

Down At Lulu's / Turn To Straw
She's Not Comin' Home / Vacation
Portugal
Buddah 202 007
Value: 25

Engelbert Humperdinck: Am I That Easy To Forget / Ohio Express: Yummy Yummy Yummy
The Union Gap: Young Girl / Cliff Richard: Congratulations
Iran
Top4 EX-2311
Value: 20

Herman's Hermits: My Sentimental Friend / Bee Gees: Don't Forget To Remember
Gary Puckett: This Girl Is A Woman Now / Ohio Expres: Sausalito
Thailand
TK Records TK-326
Value: 20

Hot Dog
Ooh La La
Germany
Buddah 2011 032
Value: 20

Hot Dog
Ooh La La
Japan
Buddah LL-2381-DA
Value: 15

Hot Dog
Ooh La La
Spain
Buddah 20 11.032
Value: 20

Hot Dog
Ooh La La
Sweden
Buddah 2011 032
Value: 20

Love Equals Love
Peanuts
Germany
Buddah 2011 007
Value: 10

Love Equals Love
Peanuts
Japan
Buddah LL-2348-DA
Value: 10

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