A Summer Song - Chad & Jeremy

A Summer Song
Chad & Jeremy were a London coffee house folk duo who stylishly rode the early-mid sixties British invasion wave that swept America in the wake of the Beatles (what the Americans liked to call ‘the Oxford sound’). Educated at the Sorbonne and Eton respectively, Chad Stuart and Jeremy Clyde came from an upper middle class background (Jeremy Clyde is the great-great-great-grandson of the duke of Wellington who defeated Napoleon at Waterloo) and teenage American hearts were no match for their clean presentation, poetic good looks and beautiful manners. Initially, the duo’s music was a nicely understated period blend ofMerseybeat, folk and jazz. the first album ‘Yesterday’s Gone’ (released by ember records in Britain and by world artists in America) was given a distinctive, spacious production by John Barry and Shel Talmy and still sounds full of possibility. Chad & Jeremy’s spirited and sensitive harmonies compare favourably with the great early work of the hollies and the zombies and are a major feature of an outstanding debut. The album included ‘Yesterday’s Gone’, the first of eleven American hit singles, and their top ten stateside smash ‘A Summer Song’. The rise would continue through 1965 with their second LP ‘Sing For You.’ Now having decamped to Hollywood, Chad & Jeremy were frequent guests on such popular TV programmes as Hullabaloo, The Andy Williams Show, The Dick Van Dyke Show, and The Patty Duke Show and even featured (as themselves) in episodes of Batman. Signing to Columbia the duo proceeded to cut four accomplished pop albums for their new label before taking a leap into psychedelic waters to create through 67-8 the absurdly underrated ‘Of Cabbages & Kings’ and ‘The Ark’; brilliantly realised concept albums that in many ways parallel The Monkees’ Head. Chad & Jeremy then created a striking soundtrack for the Christopher Jones film ‘Three At The Attic’ but Columbia had lost interest and following the commercial failure of their best creative work the duo decided to call it a day. Chad Stuart went on to work with Bruce Johnston and into musical comedies, jingles, radio, teaching and writing while Jeremy Clyde established himself as an actor both onstage (with Diana Rigg and John Paul Jones) and on British television (Bergerac, Tales Of The Unexpected, Just William and Raffles). Chad & Jeremy reformed briefly in the mid-eighties and again in 2004 then they made available a private collection of acoustic recordings and performed shows as a prelude to their forthcoming ‘Then And Now’ album ‘A Summer Song¹ comprises selections from both of the first two albums, the significant non-album hits ‘If I Loved You’ and ‘It Was A Very Good Year.’ A superior rarity in ‘Your Mother’s Out Of Town’ and two rousing live cuts from a Mayfair theatre show late in 1963.
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A Summer Song / Your Mother's Out Of Town / If I Love You / Now And Forever / Willow Weep For Me / Yesterday's Gone / It Was A Very Good Year / September In The Rain / The Girl From Ipanema / Sleep Little Boy / From A Window / My Colouring Book / Like I Loved You Today / The Truth Often Hurts The Heart / Too Soon My Love / If I Had My Way (Live) / Yesterday's Gone (Live)
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