Wadsworth Mansion (band)

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Wadsworth Mansion (also known as Wadsworth Family Mansion) was an early-1970s American rock band from Providence, Rhode Island. Its members were Steve Jablecki (guitar, keyboards, vocals), Wayne Gagnon (guitar, vocals), Russ Sevigny (a/k/a Russ Dana, original drummer) Mike Jablecki (drums] and John Poole (bass guitar). The group took its name from Wadsworth Mansion at Long Hill in Connecticut.

In November 1970, Wadsworth Mansion released their first single, a non-album version of "Sweet Mary", backed by another non-album track, "What's On Tonight".[1][2] "Sweet Mary" would prove to be the band's only hit song peaking at #7 on the US Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for the week ending 27 February 1971.[3] It also reached #35 on the Easy Listening chart.[4]

In April 1971, Wadsworth Mansion issued their first and only album on the heels of their first single's success, the self-titled Wadsworth Mansion.[5] In support of the album, the group released their second single in April 1971 with the tracks, "Michigan Harry Slaughter" and "Havin' Such A Good Time", but the single failed to make Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart.[6]

In July 1971, Wadsworth Mansion issued their third and final single with the non-album track, "Nine On The Line", backed by "Queenie Dew".[7] The release would also fail to enter Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart sealing Wadsworth Mansion's fate as a one-hit wonder.

In January 1972 Forrest Howie McDonald replaced Wayne Gagnon on guitar. The band recorded 4 new songs at the CBS studios in New York City. The songs recorded were: "Don't Ask Me," "Over and Over," "Dusty Angel," and "Why Does It Hurt So Bad." These were produced by James Calvert and Norman Mariano. In May of 1972 Charlie Flannery replaced Mike Jablecki on drums. The band pulled out of Rhode Island on June 21, 1972 just ahead of Hurricane Agnes. After playing the night of June 23 at the Colonels Garter, the Susquehanna River flooded and the club was underwater. This was the lineup of the band until after their last tour of the south in August of 1972 when the group officially disbanded. Forrest and Steve reformed the band in Hollywood the following summer and changed the name to Slingshot at the producers urging.

Select discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

  • 1970: "Sweet Mary"/"What's on Tonight" (Sussex)
  • 1971: "Michigan Harry Slaughter"/"Havin' Such a Good Time" (Sussex)
  • 1971: "Nine on the Line"/"Queenie Dew" (Sussex)

Albums[edit]

  • 1971: Wadsworth Mansion (Sussex)

Track listing[edit]

  • A1 "Long Haired Brown Eyed Girl"
  • A2 "Queenie Dew"
  • A3 "City Gardner"
  • A4 "She Said She Would"
  • A5 "Sweet Mary" (Note: April 1971 album version differs from November 1970 single version)[8]
  • B1 "I Like It"
  • B2 "Michigan Harry Slaughter"
  • B3 "Let It Shine"
  • B4 "Goodbye"
  • B5 "Havin' Such a Good Time"[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sussex Records US 45 Discography". 45cat.com. Retrieved 7 March 2013.
  2. ^ "Wadsworth Mansion's April 1971 album track, "Sweet Mary", is a different, slower version in comparison to the November 1970 single, "Sweet Mary"". bsnpubs.com. Retrieved 7 March 2013.
  3. ^ Billboard, Allmusic.com
  4. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1993). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961–1993. Record Research. p. 250.
  5. ^ April 1971 release of the Wadsworth Mansion album entitled Wadsworth Mansion. books.google.com. Retrieved 7 March 2013.
  6. ^ "Sussex Records US 45 Discography". 45cat.com. Retrieved 7 March 2013.
  7. ^ "Sussex Records US 45 Discography". 45cat.com. Retrieved 7 March 2013.
  8. ^ "Wadsworth Mansion's April 1971 album track, "Sweet Mary", is a different, slower version in comparison to the November 1970 single, "Sweet Mary"". bsnpubs.com. Retrieved 7 March 2013.
  9. ^ "Track listing for the 1971 Wadsworth Mansion album entitled Wadsworth Mansion". discogs.com. Retrieved 7 March 2013.