Sounds of Soul
The song “Apples, Peaches, Pumpkin Pie” was written by Maurice Irby, Jr., arranged by song and film composer Joe Renzetti, and recorded by the pop soul group Jay and The Techniques. In 1967, it went to #6 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and in Canada as well as #8 on the U.S. R&B Chart. The song sold more than one million copies and was awarded an RIAA gold record. The song was also on their 1968 album Apples, Peaches, Pumpkin Pie. There were a number of covers of the song, including versions by Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs (titled “Ready or Not”), Truman Thomas, The Fourmost, Mary Wells, Foster Sylvers, and Brave Combo.
Jay and The Techniques were from Allentown, Pennsylvania. They were Jay Proctor (lead vocals), George “Lucky” Lloyd (vocals), Dante Dancho (lead guitar), Chuck Crowl (bass guitar), Karl Landis (drums), Ronnie Goosley (saxophone), and Jon Walsh (trumpet). Paul Coles, Jr., later replaced Landis and Danny Altieri later replaced Walsh. They had hits with “Keep the Ball Rollin'” and “Strawberry Shortcake.”