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Goodman, Dickie

Entry updated 4 May 2015. Tagged: Music, People.

(1934-1989) US record producer who with his aspiring songwriter friend Bill Buchanan (1930-1996) launched both their careers with the comic novelty record "The Flying Saucer Parts 1 and 2" (1956). Inspired by Orson Welles's radio broadcast War of the Worlds (1938), it is credited with being the first record to use the "break-in" technique, which evolved into modern-day sampling. Buchanan and Goodman respectively play a news anchor and a roving reporter who interviews the witnesses to a flying saucer landing (see UFOs). The answers to the questions are in the form of short snippets from popular records of the time. This use of soundbites from other artists resulted in a lawsuit, but the case was decided in favour of the defendants and "Flying Saucer" spawned a host of covers, sequels and imitations. Goodman and Buchanan went on to produce other, similar records both together and separately. [LW]

Richard Dorian Goodman

born Hewlett, New York: 19 April 1934

died Fayetteville, North Carolina: 6 November 1989


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