1, 2, 3, Red Light (song)

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"1, 2, 3, Red Light"
1, 2, 3, Red Light - 1910 Fruitgum Company.jpg
Single by 1910 Fruitgum Company
from the album 1, 2, 3, Red Light
B-side "Sticky Sticky"
Released July 1968
Genre Bubblegum pop
Length 1:55
Label Buddah
Songwriter(s) Sal Trimachi, Bobbi Trimachi
Producer(s) Super K Productions
1910 Fruitgum Company singles chronology
"May I Take a Giant Step (Into Your Heart)"
"1, 2, 3, Red Light"
"Goody Goody Gumdrops"
"May I Take a Giant Step (Into Your Heart)"
"1, 2, 3 Red Light"
"Goody Goody Gumdrops"

"1, 2, 3, Red Light" is a song written by Sal Trimachi and Bobbi Trimachi and was recorded by 1910 Fruitgum Company for their 1968 album, 1, 2, 3, Red Light.[1] The song charted highest in Canada, going to number 1 on the RPM 100 national singles chart in 1968;[2] in the same year in the US, it went to number 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was on the charts for 13 weeks.[3]

The song went to number 2 in South Africa,[4] number 3 on the New Zealand charts, and in Australia it reached number 7, it was named the number 39 song of 1968 on the Cashbox charts. The song was certified as a gold disc in September 1968.[5]

Chart performance[edit]

Cover versions[edit]

  • Ohio Express released a cover version of the song on their 1969 album, Chewy, Chewy.[13]
  • Talking Heads played the song at some of their early shows and a live version can be found on the bootleg Gimme Heads.[14]
  • The Pooh Sticks, an indie pop band from Swansea, Wales, covered the song in 1988, releasing it as part of a box of 5 one-sided 7" singles.


Preceded by
"Light My Fire" by Jose Feliciano
Canadian RPM 100 number-one single
September 16, 1968 (one week)
Succeeded by
"Harper Valley PTA" by Jeannie C. Riley