An Evening with Chad & Jeremy
Of the many British Invasion acts that stormed the charts in the wake of the Beatles, Chad & Jeremy possessed a subtlety and sophistication unmatched among their contemporaries, essentially creating the template for the kind of lush, sensitive folk-pop embraced by followers from Nick Drake to Belle & Sebastian.
From humble beginnings in coffee houses and folk clubs in London, Chad Stuart and Jeremy Clyde were "discovered" by famed movie composer John Barry and went on to record a string of their hits - Yesterday's Gone, Summer Song, Willow Weep For Me, If I Loved You, Before and After and Distant Shores. As former drama students, they were quickly snapped up by Hollywood ("We had long hair and could string a sentence together.") appearing as themselves in legendary television shows including The Dick Van Dyke Show, Patty Duke Show, Laredo (a western yet!) and Batman.
As the turbulent sixties drew to a close, they produced their best studio work (Cabbages & Kings and The Ark), but the lyrics from their biggest hit turned out to be prophetic, "All good things must end some day". Jeremy returned to London to pursue his first calling as an actor and that, seemingly, was the end.
Several decades later and touring once again, they have been described by one concert reviewer as "Simon and Garfunkel meet Peter Cooke and Dudley Moore." They serve up an appealing blend of vocal harmonies, inventive guitar and piano playing spiced with their unique brand of banter, stories and sardonic wit.
This year is their busiest since 1968. The first will be Ark-eology (a play on their last Columbia LP titled The Ark) which contains all new versions of Chad and Jeremy's greatest hits including Summer Song, Yesterdays Gone, Homeward Bound as well as key cuts from "Of Cabbages and Kings" and "The Ark" available in September for pre-order. Next up will be the release of a CD of all new material titled Zanzibar Sunset in 2009. It will be their first in over 25 years! Lastly, the documentary which is in post-production titled Yesterdays Back will hopefully be released in the fall.
West Side Theatre
1331 Main Street
Newman, CA 95360
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: No|