Saturday, November 14, 2009
Jango Song Of The Day-Chad & Jeremy
Song:A Summer Song
Album:Very Best Of Chad & Jeremy
A Summer Song was the only top ten pop hit for British Invasion duo Chad & Jeremy in 1964. They are compared somewhat unfavourably to Peter & Gordon and I think that did hurt them in England at that time. They were bigger in the US. Chad Stuart was born Dec. 10, 1941 in Windermere, England. Jeremy Clyde was born Mar. 22, 1941 in Buckinghamshire, England. They met while attending the Central School of Speech and Drama in London and had a group called The Jerks. Clyde moved to Scotland to pursue acting. But the two reunited and started performing at the London coffeehouse Tina's in 1963. John Berry signed them to his Ember label with mixed results and he dropped them. But their US label World Artists was still interested in them and hired producer Shel Talmy (The Kinks) to work with them. They hit the US top 20 with Yesterday's Song and then reached #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 with A Summer Song. Stuart co-wrote both songs. They continued to do pretty well in the US and moved to Los Angeles after signing with manager Allen Klein. He got them a new contract with Columbia and several TV appearances. Things started to go south in 1965 when Stuart got sick with mononucleosis and Clyde went to London to appear in a stage show. They continued to record together until 1968. The folk style sound of A summer Song is how most will remember them and you can get all their hits on this Varese comp. Chad Stuart became musical director of the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour and was a staff producer at A & M Records. Jeremy Clyde has had a long acting career mostly on British TV. They reunited for a 2003 PBS special and are currently touring and recording. Here's Chad & Jeremy performing A Summer Song on the Chicago ABC station May 2009.