1968 The Chambers Brothers – Time Has Come Today
George, Joe, Lester, and Willie Chambers grew up in Carthage, Mississippi and sang together in their church choir. They drafted George into the army in 1952 and the four reunited in Los Angeles when he left the service in 1954.
The group performed gospel and folk music. They moved to New York City and Pete Seeger got them invited to perform at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival. After hearing Bob Dylan’s new electric styling, the band switched to playing electric instruments.
In 1966, they released the first single version of Time Has Come Today. Sadly, the record went unnoticed.
In late 1967, the band released their first album. It contained an eleven minute psychedelic soul recording, an updated version of Time Has Come Today.
Their record label released an edited version of the song as a single the last week of the year.
It took time for radio stations to give the single airplay, but it finally peaked at #11 on the Hot 100 in September 1968.
Seven more albums followed by 1974, but the best the band managed was on single that reached #37 and another that stalled after a week at #40.
The brothers continued appearing live and released a series of live albums, the most recent of which came out in 2005.
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