1975 Seals and Crofts – I’ll Play For You

1975 Seals and Crofts – I’ll Play For You

Jim Seals and Dash Crofts had a string of hits in 1972 and 1973, as described in one of my books, Lost or Forgotten Oldies Introduction: Hit Records from 1955 to 1989 that the Radio Seldom Plays.


Their momentum ground to a halt with the release of their fourth album, 1974’s Unborn Child.

In 1973, the original Roe vs Wade Supreme Court decision legalized abortion in the US. Jim and Dash were members of the Bahai Faith, and their belief is the soul begins its journey at the moment of conception. The title song from their album was a plea to avoid abortions. When that song became their next single, many radio stations were reluctant to play the record and many others simply banned the single.

As a result, the band failed to reach the top forty in 1974. Their second single from the album was not political at all, but perhaps their previous single made it more difficult to get airplay again. King Of Nothing stalled at only #60 on the Hot 100. That result was disappointing, as I felt the song was one of the band’s better songs. It also reached #26 on the Adult Contemporary Chart.

The next year, their fifth album led off with another top forty single, I’ll Play For You. As usual, the pair co-wrote the song themselves.

The single reached #18 on the Hot 100 and #4 on the Adult Contemporary Chart.

The duo continued to score top forty singles in each of the next three years and retreated from the music industry in 1980.


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