Rockin' 70s Songs: "Green-Eyed Lady" Sugarloaf (1970)
By John Roberts
Los Angeles, California
June 8, 2017 8:55am CST
Sugarloaf should have been more successful than they were. “Green-Eyed Lady” was a great sounding single and major hit that I had on 45. The group had a long germination. The origins were in the early 60s as the Surfin’ Classics then the Classics when surf music was dropped. Then founders Jerry Corbetta (vocals, keyboards) and Bob Webber (guitar) played for the Denver garage band the Moonrakers. In 1968, they formed Chocolate Hair, signed with Liberty Records and recorded their debut album. Liberty decided the name Chocolate Hair had racial overtones so the band renamed themselves after a mountain near Boulder. Written by Corbetta, J.C. Phillips and David Riordan, “Green-Eyed Lady” was their debut single soaring to Billboard #3 but subsequent albums and singles failed. Liberty dropped them. There was a revolving door of personnel behind Corbetta and Webber. They mounted a brief comeback in 1974 with a second top 10 hit with “Don’t Call Us, We’ll Call You” (#9) in which they mocked CBS Records who rejected them. Sugarloaf was done in 1978. Corbetta went on to play for other groups and died in 2016.
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Not sure why they didn't catch on more. By the 70's there was a lot of changes in musical direction with singer/songwriter artists like Cat Stevens, James Taylor, Carole King. Maybe that had something to do with it. Also, mega groups with a hard rock sound were peaking or beginning their dominance (The Who, Led Zeppelin). I guess the music business found no popular niche for them.
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I loved that song! I did not know that they did "Don't Call Us" that was another song I looked forward to hearing on the radio (I had no kind of sound system at the time--heck, I never have!) I always wondered why they weren't a success because they had everything going for them. It really was and is a fixed business.