Chad & Jeremy

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Chad & Jeremy
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Chad & Jeremy (2005)
Background information
OriginEngland
GenresFolk, soft rock
Years active1960–68, 1983–87, 2003–present
LabelsUK: Ember
US: World Artists, Capitol, Columbia, Sidewalk, Rocshire
WebsiteChad & Jeremy official website

Chad & Jeremy are an English musical duo. They began working together in 1960, and had their first hit song in the U.K. with "Yesterday's Gone". That song became a hit in the United States in the following year when they rode to fame as a part of the British Invasion. Unlike the rock music sounds of their peers, Chad & Jeremy presented a soft, folk-inflected style readily distinguished by their hushed and whispered vocals. The U.S. proved to be fertile soil for them, and they went on to have a string of successes there, including "Willow Weep for Me", "Before and After", and their biggest hit, "A Summer Song". Nonetheless, after some commercial failures and divergent ambitions between the two partners, Chad & Jeremy disbanded in 1968.

Chad Stuart continued to work in various capacities in the music industry while Jeremy Clyde devoted his energies to acting on film and stage. In the early 1980s, however, they rejoined one another for a new album and concert performances including a multi-band British Invasion nostalgia tour. Afterwards, another long period of separation ensued but in the early 2000s Chad & Jeremy began performing again and developed a semi-regular schedule of touring for many years. They maintain an online presence through their website and Stuart's independent studio Electric Paintbox, and continue to play occasional performances.

Early years[edit]

Chad Stuart was born David Stuart Chadwick on 10 December 1941 in Windermere, Cumbria, and Jeremy Clyde was born Michael Thomas Jeremy Clyde on 22 March 1941 in Dorney, Buckinghamshire.

The two met while attending London's Central School of Speech and Drama.[1] Chad taught Jeremy how to play the guitar and by 1962 they were performing together as a folk music duo.[1] At the same time, they formed a band called The Jerks,[1] which Chad described as "the world's screwiest rock and roll group."[2][3]

British Invasion years[edit]

The duo's first single, 1963's "Yesterday's Gone", for the Ember Records label, which was arranged by John Barry, was their only UK hit.[4][5] However, the British Invasion of 1964 gave them their big break.[6] Chad & Jeremy's strings-backed sound held a greater appeal in the United States, where World Artists Records released "Yesterday's Gone" and saw it rise to No. 21 in the pop music charts.[1]

As the duo recorded this song, they developed their trademark style of singing: "whispering". "[John Barry] told us...we sounded like a locker room full of football players...in the end in desperation he said: 'Whisper it', so we kind of backed off a bit and so that sort of slightly sotto voce sound came about".[7] Jeremy often sings the melody of a song while Chad sings higher harmonies.[2]

Their second single, and biggest American hit, "A Summer Song", hit No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 on 17–24 October 1964. Follow-ups included a cover version of "Willow Weep for Me" (which reached No. 1 on the Easy Listening chart) and on Columbia Records in 1965, "Before and After" reached the Top 20. In total Chad & Jeremy had 11 songs enter the Hot 100 between 1964 and 1966.[8]

In February 1966, the British music magazine NME reported that the duo had applied for U.S. citizenship. The magazine commented that as U.S. citizens, they would be eligible for military conscription, and that they had no wish to end up fighting in the Vietnam War. However, the practicalities of constantly renewing U.S. work permits were problematic.[9]

Chad and Jill[edit]

The duo went on hiatus for about a year beginning in mid-1965 when Clyde accepted an acting role in a London stage production of The Passion Flower Hotel.[10] Stuart stayed in the U.S., performing and recording with his wife Jill.[10] In April 1966, Columbia released a single by Chad and Jill, "The Cruel War" backed with "I Can't Talk to You".[11] The single reached No. 110 on the Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100.[11] They performed the song on Hullabaloo in addition to performing Chad & Jeremy's "Funny How Love Can Be" on Shindig!

The duo performs for a television special at Marineland, 1966

Television work[edit]

The duo also made several television guest appearances. They portrayed a fictional singing duo, "The Redcoats" (Freddy and Ernie), on the 10 February 1965 episode of the sitcom The Dick Van Dyke Show that satirized Beatlemania. Two songs were featured in that episode: "I Don't Want No Other Baby But You" and "My, How the Time Goes By"."[12] The following week they appeared on The Patty Duke Show as an unknown British singing duo, "Nigel & Patrick", performing "A Summer Song", "The Truth Often Hurts the Heart" and "Yesterday's Gone". They also appeared as itinerant actors in "That's Noway, Thataway", a January 1966 episode of the comedic western Laredo, which was intended as a pilot for their own spin-off series. [check quotation syntax]

The duo appeared as themselves in the December 1966 episodes "The Cat's Meow" and "The Bat's Kow Tow" of the television series Batman, in which the guest villain was Julie Newmar as Catwoman. In "The Cat's Meow", Catwoman attempts to "steal" the voices of Chad & Jeremy.[13] During the latter episode, they sang "Distant Shores" and "Teenage Failure".

Clyde appeared in 1966 as a bachelor contestant on The Dating Game, where he won.[citation needed] Stuart voiced Flaps the vulture in Disney's 1967 film The Jungle Book.[citation needed] That same year, Clyde appeared on an episode of My Three Sons.[citation needed]

Late '60s and breakup[edit]

In the fall of 1967, they released the psychedelic album Of Cabbages and Kings (as "Chad Stuart and Jeremy Clyde") and a 1968 follow-up, The Ark. They received critical acclaim, but they were both commercial failures.[1]

In 1968, they collaborated again for the film soundtrack of Three in the Attic starring Christopher Jones and Yvette Mimieux.[14] They recorded several new songs for the film and Stuart composed an instrumental backing score.[14] The complete soundtrack was released in the U.S. on Sidewalk Records in 1969,[15] featuring the duo's own version of "Paxton's Song (Smoke)", which was sung by Jones in the film.[14] By the end of 1968, however, the working relationship of Stuart and Clyde had already dissolved.[16][17]

In later years Stuart said there was regret for the parting of ways,[18] but at the time the pair suffered heavily from "fatigue and burn-out".[19] Cost overruns in the making of The Ark had soured relations with Columbia and left the two in crushing debt[1] – they were constantly "pushed around by accountants and lawyers," Stuart recalled.[19] Clyde announced that he was returning to his first love, the theater, and Columbia management reacted by suspending the duo's contract.[1] Amid the acrimony, Stuart said, he and Clyde "very foolishly tore up" that contract and went their separate ways.[19] "Our attitudes were, 'Who needs you?' Looking back though, we never should have done that. We should have kept it up. But we were only kids."[19]

1980s reunion[edit]

After the split, Clyde returned to England and took up acting as a full-time vocation. He enjoyed great success and made several returns to New York to star in Broadway productions.[19] Stuart remained in the U.S. with plans to continue in the music industry but in background roles such as arrangement and production. His first new job was music director for the Smothers Brothers' television show, and later he served as a staff producer for A&M Records.[19] The pair met again in 1977 to record a few demos, but the collaboration was brief and no recordings were released.[1]

In 1982, Chad & Jeremy reunited to record the album Chad Stuart & Jeremy Clyde, released the following year the MCA-distributed Rocshire Records label.[1] Plans for a second album in 1984 were advancing when the label suddenly folded due to financial troubles.[1] The pair found a different sort of fame when they starred in the West End production of Pump Boys and Dinettes from 1984–85.[20]

Returning to the U.S. in 1986 for a British Invasion reunion tour, they played 33 cities in six weeks along with Freddie and the Dreamers, Gerry and the Pacemakers, the Searchers and the Mindbenders.[1] In his review of the show at New York City's Felt Forum, music journalist Jeff Tamarkin wrote: "The evening's unquestionable highlight was the set from Chad (Stuart) & Jeremy (Clyde), which featured such soft, folky hits as 'A Summer Song' and 'Yesterday's Gone', and even a few obscurities from their later career. The duo's harmonies were sweet, their young band tight, and their lack of tacky cover songs refreshing."[21]

In 1987, they performed a two-week residency at Harrah's in Lake Tahoe, Nevada before again going their separate ways.[1]

2000s and beyond[edit]

In 2002, Stuart was in his private studio, Electric Paintbox, preparing the release of a recording from the Harrah's engagement, when Clyde visited and the two made a new version of "Yesterday's Gone" as a bonus track for the album, In Concert (The Official Bootleg).[1] In 2003, PBS reunited Chad & Jeremy in the 60s Pop-Rock Reunion special, which also prompted a tour the next year. In 2008, the group released Ark-eology, an album featuring remakes of material they recorded in the 1960s. They performed at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, in January 2009. In September 2010, Chad & Jeremy marked 50 years of performing together with a limited-edition CD entitled Fifty Years On.

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

Year Songs
Both sides from same album except where indicated
UK
Singles
Charts[5]
Canada
RPM 100
U.S.
Hot 100[8]
Album
1963 "Yesterday's Gone"
b/w "Lemon Tree" (from More Chad & Jeremy)
37 21 Yesterday's Gone
1964 "Like I Love You Today"
b/w "Early in the Morning" (Non-LP track)
"A Summer Song"
b/w "No Tears for Johnnie"
6 7
"Willow Weep for Me"
b/w "If She Were Mine"
13 15
1965 "If I Loved You"
b/w "Donna, Donna" (from Chad & Jeremy Sing for You)
16 23 The Best of Chad & Jeremy
"What Do You Want with Me?"
b/w "A Very Good Year" (from More Chad & Jeremy)
5 51 Chad & Jeremy Sing for You
"Before and After"
b/w "Fare Thee Well (I Must Be Gone)"
17 Before and After
"From a Window"
b/w "My Coloring Book"
97 Chad & Jeremy Sing for You
"I Don't Want to Lose You, Baby"
b/w "Pennies" (Non-LP track)
13 35 I Don't Want to Lose You Baby
"September in the Rain"
b/w "Only for the Young"
Yesterday's Gone
"I Have Dreamed"
b/w "Should I"
91 I Don't Want to Lose You Baby
1966 "Teenage Failure"
b/w "Early Mornin' Rain" (from Distant Shores)
Non-LP track
"Distant Shores"
b/w "Last Night" (Non-LP track)
16 30 Distant Shores
"You Are She"
b/w "I Won't Cry"
87
"Adesso Sì"
b/w "Nessuno Più Di Me"
- Non-LP track
(Sanremo Music Festival, 1966)
1967 "Painted Dayglow Smile"
b/w "Editorial (Vocal)" (from Of Cabbages and Kings)
The Ark
1968 "Sister Marie"
b/w "Rest in Peace" (from Of Cabbages and Kings)
Non-LP track
1969 "Paxton Quigley's Had the Course"
b/w "You Need Feet (You Need Hands)"
The Ark
1983 "Zanzibar Sunset"
b/w "Dreams"
Chad Stuart & Jeremy Clyde

Albums[edit]

  • Yesterday's Gone (24 July 1964)
  • Chad & Jeremy Sing for You (20 March 1965)
  • Sing For You (April, 1965) - British, somewhat different version of their earlier first American release, "Yesterday's Gone."
  • Before and After (1965)
  • I Don't Want to Lose You Baby (1965)
  • Second Album (February, 1966) - British, somewhat different version of their earlier second American release, "Sing For You."
  • Distant Shores (1966)
  • Of Cabbages and Kings (1967)
  • The Ark (1968)
  • 3 in the Attic (1968)
  • Chad Stuart & Jeremy Clyde (1983)
  • In Concert (The Official Bootleg) (2002)
  • Ark-eology (2008)
  • Fifty Years On (2010)

Compilations[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Thompson, Dave (2003). "The Chad and Jeremy Story". Goldmine. Retrieved 11 October 2018 – via Rock's Backpages.
  2. ^ a b Rhoden, Frank Jason (2009). "Chad & Jeremy Liner Notes". Jason's Chad & Jeremy Archive. Archived from the original on 7 March 2016. Retrieved 27 April 2016.
  3. ^ Rhoden, Frank Jason (2006). "Prologue (before 1964)". Chad Stuart & Jeremy Clyde. Electric Paintbox. Retrieved 26 April 2016.
  4. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 537. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  5. ^ a b "UK Official Charts". Official Charts Company. 2018. Retrieved 30 December 2018.
  6. ^ Chad Stuart interviewed on the Pop Chronicles (1969)
  7. ^ Stuart, Chad (18 October 2010). "Steel Pier Radio Show" (Interview). Interviewed by Ed Hurst. WBIG (AM).
  8. ^ a b "Hot 100: Chad & Jeremy". Billboard. 2018. Retrieved 5 December 2018.
  9. ^ Tobler, John (1992). NME Rock 'N' Roll Years (1st ed.). London: Reed International Books Ltd. p. 155. CN 5585.
  10. ^ a b Criscione, Louise (21 August 1965). "Chad & Jeremy: Chad Eyes Future Career During Split With Jeremy". KRLA Beat. Los Angeles, California: KRLA. Retrieved 29 September 2018 – via Rock's Backpages.
  11. ^ a b Whitburn, Joel (2008). Joel Whitburn Presents Across the Charts: The 1960s. Hal Leonard Corporation. p. 76. ISBN 0898201756.
  12. ^ "The Dick Van Dyke Show: "The Redcoats Are Coming"". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved 6 December 2018.
  13. ^ "Batman: Season 2, Episode 29 : The Cat's Meow". 14 December 1966. Retrieved 2015-11-28.
  14. ^ a b c Johnson, Jared (10 May 1969). "Chad and Jeremy Score in a Movie". The Atlanta Constitution. Atlanta, Georgia. p. 65. Archived from the original on 5 December 2018. Retrieved 31 October 2018 – via Newspapers.com. open access publication – free to read
  15. ^ 3 in the Attic (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) at AllMusic. Retrieved 31 October 2018.
  16. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2008). Joel Whitburn Presents Across the Charts: The 1960s. Hal Leonard Corporation. p. 75. ISBN 0898201756.
  17. ^ Rhoden, Frank Jason (2006). "Part Three (1966–1968)". Chad Stuart & Jeremy Clyde. Electric Paintbox. Retrieved 30 December 2018.
  18. ^ Arnold, Thomas K. (12 November 1986). "Chad Hopes to Ride Past to New Hits". The Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles, California. p. VI:1. Archived from the original on 31 December 2018. Retrieved 30 December 2018 – via Newspapers.com. open access publication – free to read
  19. ^ a b c d e f Arnold, Thomas K. (12 November 1986). "Chad Hopes to Ride Past to New Hits (continued as Chad and Jeremy Hope to Turn Past into Future)". The Los Angeles Times. p. VI:7. Archived from the original on 31 December 2018. Retrieved 30 December 2018 – via Newspapers.com. open access publication – free to read
  20. ^ "Pump Boys and Dinettes". ThisIsTheatre.com. 2018. Archived from the original on 18 September 2018. Retrieved 17 September 2018.
  21. ^ Tamarkin, Jeff (8 November 1986). "Chad & Jeremy, the Mindbenders, Freddie & the Dreamers, Gerry & the Pacemakers, the Searchers: The British Invasion — Felt Forum, New York NY". Billboard. Retrieved 11 October 2018 – via Rock's Backpages.

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