The Lemon Pipers was an American bubblegum/psychedelic pop band best known for number one hit “Green tambourine”.
Formed by a group of high school musicians in 1966, the original lineup comprised singer Ivan Browne, drummer William Albaugh, guitarist Bill Bartlett, keyboardist R.G. Nave and bassist Bob Dudek. This version of the band didn’t stay together long, however, and Steve Walmsley replaced Dudek.
The Lemon Pipers’ first single for Buddah Records “Take a look around” flopped but the band reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100 in 1967 with “Green tambourine”.
After their big success they released several singles and only two albums before dissolving in 1969.
Bartlett, Walmsley and Nave subsequently formed a new band called Ram Jam.
In the post-Ram Jam career, Bartlett focused on boogie-woogie piano while Walmsley played bass around Oxford.
Nave was the keyboardist for the Blues Merchants and a famous radio jazz host until he passed in 2020.
Singer Ivan Browne continued to perform with his wife Isa and good friend Janelle.
Drummer Bill Albaugh had been a representative for the Tilton Equipment Company and he operated a produce/dairy business. He died January 20th, 1999.