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Beg Borrow and Steal

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Ohio Express



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Their first hit, this song launched the Ohio Express into "stardom." However, it was not recorded by the same Yummy Yummy" artists. It was originally released under the Attack label by The Rare Breed, and the same exact song was later released under the label Cameo Parkway by the Ohio Express. According to Rare Breed keyboard player Barry Stolnick, producers Jeff Katz and Jerry Kasenetz named the group when 'Beg Borrow and Steal' was first released on the Attack label. They were 16-17 year old kids, and weren't under contract, which made it very easy to take advantage of them. According to Stolnick, the song sold about a half a million copies, and the 5 young artists that recorded this song never received their recognition. The Rare Breed members were Stolnick, John Freno, Alexander (Botts) Norbett, Joel Feigenbaum and Tony Cambria. Stolnick adds: "We never expected it to be a hit, and did not know they would call us the Rare Breed. We were playing locally under different names.  Being in High School we were in no position to go on tour, and that's part of the reason Katz and Kasenetz got other people to do the tour.
Joey Day and Lou Zerato wrote this song.
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Comments (3):

In 1983 the duo of Hughes/Thrall released a record titled "Beg, Borrow, or Steal", it peaked at #79 and in 1972 The New Seekers released "Beg, Steal or Borrow", it reached #81!!!
- Barry, Sauquoit, NY
As Larry Neal, the former host of the 1990's forgotten oldies show on KOMA in Oklahoma City, The Wax Museum, once said: "This group begged, borrowed and stole this song from "Louie, Louie," by the Kingsmen."
- ted, phoenix, AZ
The bass is out of tune with the rest of the instruments on this recoed.
- John, Cincinnati, OH
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