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‘Beg Borrow and Steal’ by the Ohio Express – Classic Hit or Miss

Had to do this for the election – but the 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. This issue was a complete flop, failing to chart.


The Rare Breed issued one more single in 1966 on Attack, “Come And Take A Ride My Boat”, which was a minor chart hit in the US southwest though it failed to chart nationally. The Rare Breed then apparently had a dispute with Super K Productions and left the company, never to record again.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 (a name to which Super K Productions controlled all rights). The record was a number 1 single in Columbus, Ohio by early September, and gradually became a hit across Canada and the US through the following months.

#29 in 1967 How about today?

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