Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Sugarloaf - "Green Eyed Lady" (1972)

I could start this blog with any music group in the world -- classic rock bands who are cited by many as influential in their lives, ones who changed the course of modern rock music... artists who won Grammy Awards, hung out with the Beatles and the Stones, and whose members went on to create some of the most memorable music of our era.


This blog starts with Sugarloaf's "Green-Eyed Lady," which can be found on God knows how many compilations of 70s pop hits. Forget about the three and a half minute single.

Indulge in the $8 on Amazon.com and just play the full eight minutes of rock and roll glory that is "Green-Eyed Lady" and forget the rest. This song has everything: lyrics that don't really mean a whole lot ("Green-eyed lady feels like I never see/Setting suns and lonely lovers free" ???), the most unbelievable bass hook, and a full out jazz-tinged rock jam with guitar octave and B-3 organ solos.

As a matter of fact, it's hard to remember a hit single where the bass riff
was the hook like this! And Sugarloaf doesn't make you forget it -- they play it on the bass, the lead guitar and organ at the same damn time!

Looking back at this, as well as others to be discussed on this blog, Sugarloaf never had another hit like this again, thank God. They put it all in one song and then, bam, never heard from again.

Jerry Corbetta, who led the Denver-based band, somehow ended up touring as one of the Four Season with Frankie Valli. Forget about that. This song is where his true standing in the rock pantheon lies.


Anonymous said...

Wow.. Okay I remember this song when it came out. Yeah back in the 70's.. strung out on H and sitting in a parking lot of a pizza place and with my green eyes....

so much time has passed

Anonymous said...

Very hard to believe that you could have forgotten that Sugarloaf DID have another big hit--by which time I believe they were billing themselves as "Jerry Corbetta and Sugarloaf"--1975's "Don't Call Us, We'll Call You." Which is probably most famous for working in the sound effects of a touch-tone phone (back when many phones still had rotary dials) and the signature riff from the Beatles' "I Feel Fine."

Ted said...

I would suggest to you that the comments mean a great deal if you relate them to the Statue of Liberty, which I believe is the subject of the song.