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Subject: Bob Nave, Member of the Lemon Pipers


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Date Posted: Friday, January 31, 12:02:53pm

https://www.citybeat.com/music/spill-it/blog/21112952/cincinnati-musicians-respond-to-the-death-of-bob-nave-veteran-rockblues-organist-and-dj

Cincinnati Musicians Remember Bob Nave, Veteran Rock/Blues Organist and Local DJ

A member of bands like The Lemon Pipers and Blues Merchants and onetime Jazz DJ on WVXU, Nave reportedly died on Jan. 28.

Mike Breen
Jan 29, 2020 1 PM

WVXU's John Kiesewetter reported yesterday that longtime Southwestern Ohio musician Bob Nave has died. He was 75.

A Hammond organ specialist inspired by the likes of Ray Charles, Jimmy Smith, Jack McDuff and Groove Holmes, Nave began playing in R&B cover bands in the 1960s. In 1965, when he was a student at Miami University, he became a member of the Oxford, Ohio band Tony and the Bandits, which morphed into The Lemon Pipers.

As part of a record contract, the group was instructed to record a "Bubblegum Pop" song outside of their usual rootsier Rock style. Written by Paul Leka and Shelley Pinz, that song "Green Tambourine" would go all the way to No. 1 on the Billboard and Cashbox charts in early 1968.

A Hammond organ specialist inspired by the likes of Ray Charles, Jimmy Smith, Jack McDuff and Groove Holmes, Nave began playing in R&B cover bands in the 1960s. In 1965, when he was a student at Miami University, he became a member of the Oxford, Ohio band Tony and the Bandits, which morphed into The Lemon Pipers.

As part of a record contract, the group was instructed to record a "Bubblegum Pop" song outside of their usual rootsier Rock style. Written by Paul Leka and Shelley Pinz, that song "Green Tambourine" would go all the way to No. 1 on the Billboard and Cashbox charts in early 1968.


The label pressured the Pipers to stick to the poppier sound, which Nave and the other musicians were not hip to. Nave would later say the band was "ruined by commercial success." The Lemon Pipers broke up in 1969.

Nave continued to play with various bands (including Starstruck and The Crystal River Band) until largely retiring from music by the early 80s. He dusted off his Hammond organ in the mid-00s to help form the R&B/Blues group The Blues Merchants, which performed regularly in clubs around Greater Cincinnati and released a pair of albums, including Tattooed with the Blues in 2012, when local vocalist Amy McFarland fronted the band. That album included just one cover the Merchants' updated take on "Green Tambourine." Nave took over on lead vocals for the album's tracks "Why, Why, Why" and "Ode to Congress."

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