Wednesday, January 06, 2016

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Sugarloaf

Song:Green Eyed Lady
Album:Best Of Sugarloaf

We all know what a one hit wonder is. Sugarloaf is a two hit wonder. Green Eyed Lady was a top five hit in 1970 and Don't Call Us, We'll Call You was a top ten hit in 1974. They were on different labels so getting them on the same CD can be a problem. Sugarloaf was from Denver. Lead singer and keyboard player Jerry Corbetta and guitarist Bob Webber were in The Moonrakers. They released a few singles on Tower Records that went nowhere. After The Moonrakers split up in 1968, Corbetta and Webber formed Chocolate Hair with drummer Myron Pollock and bassist Bob Raymond. They were under contract to producer Frank Slay. He is best known as the man behind Incense and Peppermints by The Strawberry Alarm Clock. Liberty Records liked the band but not the name Chocolate Hair. Pollock was replaced by Bob MacVittie. After the album was recorded, Liberty suggested a name change. Webber lives near Sugarloaf mountain in Boulder, CO. Green Eyed Lady was the debut single and it reached #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1970. They went on tour but follow up singles went nowhere. And then Liberty closed in 1973. You might think that was the end of Sugarloaf. Corbetta recorded a solo album that turned into a Sugarloaf album. Then in 1974, Corbetta recorded Don't Call Us, We'll Call You which was released as Sugarloaf on Slay's label Claridge Records. It reached #9 on the Billboard Hot 100. You can get both hits on this comp that was first released by Curb Records in 1993. It was out of print for awhile but was reissued in 2011. And it contains the full version of Green Eyed Lady as opposed to the shorter radio edit. Corbetta toured as Sugarloaf until 1978 when he recorded a solo album for Warner Bros. He was a member of The Four Seasons from 1980-84. Then in the 90s, Corbetta toured with a couple of nostalgia acts until his 2009 retirement. Here's a video for Green Eyed Lady by Sugarloaf.

1 comment:

  1. Good group. I like the two songs both of them I have in my MP collection. Don't Call Us We Call You is my favorite of the two. I need to check if I have the long version of Green Eyed Lady. Its a good version to have. Jerry Corbetta definitely had talent there.