After the Murray "the K" Show Cream recorded a song called "Lawdy Mama" with Ahmet Ertegun at Atlantic Studios in New York. When Cream was working on the sessions for Disraeli Gears, producer Felix Pappalardi took the tape of "Lawdy Mama" and with help from his wife Gail Collins transformed the song into "Strange Brew" which according to Eric Clapton "created a pop song without completely destroying the original groove."
The song "Strange Brew" first appeared on the UK Singles Chart on 10 June 1967 at #43. It hit its highest position on 15 July at #17, and then left the charts on 5 August at #35 having spent a total of 9 weeks on the chart. The song later appeared on the soundtrack of the 1979 feature film, More American Graffiti.