From 1964 on World Artists Records, our Lost Treasure is less about an obscure recording than a celebration of the start of summer, with the solstice occurring this weekend. Chad Stuart & Jeremy Clyde began performing together in folk clubs & coffee houses in London when they were discovered by well-known composer & producer John Barry. “A Summer Song” was the duo’s second single originally intended as an album track only, but surprisingly was their biggest selling & charted single in the US. Chad & Jeremy were always more popular in the states than in their native England. In spite of riding the ‘British Invasion’ wave, their style was less about rock than gentle folk-rock & shimmering harmonies similar in vein to American groups such as the Byrds, Gale Garnet & The Gentle Reign. After a number of hits & albums the duo disbanded in mid-1965 briefly as Jeremy Clyde took on a stage acting role. The pair came together again in 1966 to record a new album & several singles not all of which charted successfully. Chad & Jeremy put their acting skills to work on several TV shows – notably the “Dick Van Dyke” show, “Patty Duke” show & an episode of “Laredo”. The duo appeared as themselves in an episode of popular TV show “Batman” as well. By 1968 burnout, fatigue & an uneven series of albums resulted in the pair disbanding. Jeremy Clyde returned to England & his acting career while Chad Stuart remained in America producing and arranging for several artists. In 1980, Chad & Jeremy began working together again, recording an album & joining several other 60’s British bands for some highly successful ‘British Invasion’ touring packages. The early 2000’s saw the duo playing a widely seen & highly successful PBS special & sporadically recorded a few albums & did appearances on ‘oldies tours’. Today, Clyde Stuart is retired from the music business & living in Sun Valley, ID. Jeremy Clyde now tours as a solo artist with a backing band, interlacing Chad & Jeremy songs with newer music from his own multi-album series & tours as a duo with old friend Peter Asher of Peter & Gordon. “A Summer Song” was re-released again in the summer of 1966 on Lana Records & charted briefly as well as receiving some airplay other than as an “oldie”. Celebrate the start of summer with this gentle ode to a favorite time of year for many – myself included!
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