The Music Explosion was a garage rock band from Mansfield, Ohio best known for their top Ten hit, "Little Bit O'Soul", in 1967. The single peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. They were discovered and signed by the producers Jerry Kasenetz and Jeff Katz.
Kasenetz, Katz and Elliot Chiprut produced the song "Little Bit O'Soul", which paved the way for bubblegum pop bands like Ohio Express and 1910 Fruitgum Company. The song was a million seller (Laurie Records #3380, subsequently reissued on Buddah Records) but was the band's only hit. It was written by John Carter and Ken Lewis, who went on to write big hits for The Ivy League and Herman's Hermits.
Lead singer Jamie Lyons also recorded several solo singles on Laurie while still recording with the group. His first single, "Soul Struttin'" became a Northern Soul hit in several Northeast regions. Lyons died of heart failure at his home in Little River, SC on September 25, 2006. He was 57.
"Little Bit O'Soul" has been subsequently covered by several bands including The Ramones and 2 Live Crew, who sampled the melody. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply.