Lost or Forgotten Oldie of the Day: 1965 Chad And Jeremy – Before And After

Chad Stewart and Jeremy Clyde met in London while attending the Central School of Speech and Drama. In 1962 they began performing as a folk-singing duo. Jeff Barry (who was responsible for the James Bond theme song) discovered the pair singing in a basement coffeehouse and got them a contract with a small British record label.

Chad wrote their first singleYesterday’s Gone. The record only reached #37 on the UK chart in 1963 and was their only appearance on the UK charts. Their next single failed to chart anywhere.

When the British Invasion began to hit full force, a small record label released Yesterday’s Gone in the US and it reached #21 on the Hot 100 in the summer of 1964. Their record label followed that release with A Summer Song. They appeared on American Bandstand to promote the single, and that proved to be their only top ten record in the US. It was also the first of their five records that reached the top ten on the Adult Contemporary chart.

In 1965, the duo finally signed a contract with a major record label, Columbia Records. One of the label’s staff writers was Van McCoy, who eventually hit the charts himself with The Hustle in 1975. He wrote the title song from the duo’s first Columbia album, Before And After. The single peaked at #17 on the Hot 100 and #4 on the AC chart.

Their chart success led to a few appearances on American television shows in 1965, including The Dick Van Dyke Show and The Patty Duke Show.

Chad and Jeremy had been unsuccessful in their home country, and Jeremy later lamented that he was unaware of how successful they were in the US. He left the group to appear in a London play and the group stopped touring for a year while he pursued an acting career.

The group reunited and recorded a new album in 1966 and also appeared in two episodes of Batman. Two more albums followed the next two years before competing visions of their future led to the eventual dissolution of the group in 1968.

Jeremy returned to London and a successful acting career that included a few stops on Broadway. Chad continued working in the music field and became the music director for the Smothers Brothers show.

The duo reunited briefly in 1986 for a tour with other British invasion groups and reunited in 2002 for an additional 16 years.

Chad retired in 2018. Jeremy continues to tour either as a solo artist with a backup band or as half of a duo with Peter Asher of Peter and Gordon.


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