1970 Jefferson – Baby Take Me In Your Arms
Guitarist Brian “Chuck” Botfield formed a beat group in England in the late fifties. The band had multiple lineups over the years. Christine Perfect briefly became one of their keyboard players before leaving the band (she later married and became Christine McVie of Fleetwood Mac).
The group’s lineup settled down in 1963, and the band began recording singles.
Gerry Goffin and Carole King wrote the biggest hit the band had: He’s In Town. The original version of the song by the Tokens reached #43 on the US Hot 100 in 1964, and a month later the cover version by the Rockin’ Berries peaked at #3 on the UK chart.
The group had three more charting singles in the UK over the next few years, but their last hit came in 1965. Geoffrey Turton, their lead singer/rhythm guitarist, left the band for a solo career in 1968.
Geoffrey recorded a single for Piccadilly Records that failed to chart. John Schroeder, the head of the label, convinced Geoffrey to change his stage name to Jefferson. He subsequently reached #22 with a single in the UK, but it was the follow-up single Baby Take Me In Your Arms that finally brought him success in the US. That record reached #23 on the Hot 100 in 1970.
He toured the US with his hit, but no additional hits were forthcoming.
The Rockin’ Berries reunited in the late seventies. Geoffrey returned to using his original name, joined the reformed group, and continued to tour with the band into the nineties.
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