Richard Dorian Goodman (April 19, 1934 – November 6, 1989), known as Dickie Goodman, was an American music and record producer born in Brooklyn, New York. He is best known for inventing and using the technique of the “break-in”, an early precursor to sampling, that used brief clips of popular records and songs to “answer” “comedic” questions posed by voice actors on his novelty records. He also wrote and produced some original material, most often heard on the B-sides of his break-in records.
Goodman died in North Carolina in 1989 from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He is survived by his two sons, Jon and Jed, and his daughter Janie. In 2000, Jon released The King of Novelty, a biography of Dickie’s life and work, along with autobiographical material. The book, which also contains the most comprehensive chronology of Dickie Goodman’s records, including CD re-releases, is still available and in print. Jon is in charge of his father’s estate.
In July 2018, Jon Goodman placed his father’s songwriting royalties up for sale on Royalty Exchange, eventually selling the rights to the library for $13,000. Goodman was reluctant to give up his rights but did so in hopes that the buyer would have more connections to be able to popularize the records in the Goodman library through film and television appearances.
Today is Wednesday (HUMP DAY!) where this evening “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s” comes your way and you will hear: The Isley Brothers, De La Soul, Major Harris, the Pointer Sisters, the Clash, Rick James, Prince, Rufus & Chaka Khan, Barry White, Luther Vandross, Dickie Goodman and many others. It happens at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT & 4PM PT. Happy “Hump Day” and I’ll see you later at the home of the Greatest Hits of the 60s, 70s, and 80s, RadioMaxMusic.Com.
Coming up shortly on “Great Soul Performances” this evening, we are going to be music intensive. It’s the post election season so I’ll be playing many “cut in” or “break in” songs that will reflect what was going on in the country (with tongue planted firmly in cheek) during “Convention ’72,” “Convention ’76,” “Election 2012” and others, plus songs about the economy and the hard times we were experiencing the early and mid 1970s. We will be hearing from: Dickie Goodman, the Delegates, Enoch Hawthorne Gregory; the “Dixie Drifter” and yours truly with our “cut in” record, plus the Presidents, the Beatles, Jackie Wilson, Johnnie Taylor, the Soul Children, Tower of Power, Black Ivory, Mel & Tim, Jermaine Jackson, Otis Redding, the Spinners; “live in concert” and more. Check us out at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT & 4PM PT. “Great Soul Performances” in just a few at the “Home Of The Hits,” RadioMaxMusic.Com.