Wilmette Park District, 300 Glenview Rd. (Corner of Skokie Boulevard and Glenview Road ),Wilmette, Illinois 60091
Bill's Blues Bar, 1029 Davis St. Evanston, Illinois 60201
CHAD STUART and JEREMY CLYDE
The Chad & Jeremy bio at the All Music Guide web site begins:
"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."
Several decades later, 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.
From humble beginnings in coffee houses and folk clubs in London, they were "discovered" by famed movie composer John Barry and recorded a string of hits (Yesterday's Gone, Summer Song, Willow Weep For Me, If I Loved You, Before and After, 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 them-selves in legendary television shows including The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Patty Duke Show, Laredo (a western yet!) and Batman. They hosted Hullabaloo and appeared on all the great variety shows like The Hollywood Palace, Red Skelton and Andy Williams.
Television success and hit records were not enough to keep the team together, however.