I’ll continue another day without an entry on Facebook, but for those of you who read my blog, here’s an old entry that links to an even older one!
1969 The Arbors – The Letter
In the mid-to-late sixties, artists began to experiment with studio tricks to produce unusual-sounding records. Many psychedelic records made use of such tricks, but perhaps the most obvious example comes from a group that initially recorded typical Adult Contemporary songs.
The Arbors were two sets of brothers who began singing together at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor in 1964. The group moved to New York and began recording for Date Records (a subsidiary of Columbia Records). Their 1966 single Symphony For Susan only reached #51 on the Hot 100, but it peaked at #18 on the Adult Contemporary (AC) chart. You can read more about that release in an older entry in my blog.
They had similar results with their next two singles before recording a cover of The Letter in 1969. The song had topped the Hot 100 for The Box Tops in 1967, and the Arbors recorded a version that extensively used phasing. The record got up to #20 on the Hot 100 and #26 on the AC chart.
The group followed that success by recording an entire album of covers of recent rock hits. The group’s last recording for the album was a mashup of I Can’t Quit Her by Blood, Sweat & Tears and two lines from Simon and Garfunkel’s For Emily, Whenever I May Find Her. They released the song as a single and it reached #67 on the Hot 100 in 1969.
After that, the members of the group stopped recording records and spent over three decades making a living by creating music for jingles and commercials for radio and television.