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Sugarloaf was an American rock band in the 1970s. The band, which originated in Denver, Colorado, scored two Top 10 hits, with the singles "Green-Eyed Lady" and "Don't Call Us, We'll Call You".

The band was originally known as Chocolate Hair. They changed their name to Sugarloaf, named after a mountain range in Colorado, when they received their first recording contract. According to the Green Eyed Lady Songfacts, the group was formed from the remains of the band The Moonrakers, with five members of that group carried over.

They are best known for two songs, both of which hit the top 10 charts in the United States: “Green-Eyed Lady” in 1970, and “Don’t Call Us, We’ll Call You” in 1975. Other songs which charted on the Billboard Magazine top 100 singles charts were “Mother Nature’s Wine” (1971), “Tongue in Cheek” (1971), and “Stars In Our Eyes” (1976). In addition, “West of Tomorrow” and “Myra Myra” were not hit singles, but received modest airplay at the time of their release on album rock radio stations.

Best known for their 1970 AM pop classic "Green-Eyed Lady," Sugarloaf was formed in 1969 in Denver out of the ashes of the Moonrakers, which had released an album in 1968. Singer/keyboardist Jerry Corbetta and guitarist Bob Webber founded the group, adding Moonraker mates Bob MacVittie on drums and Veeder Van Dorn on rhythm guitar, plus bassist Bob Raymond. Originally dubbed Chocolate Hair, the band lost Van Dorn after just a few months when he joined Mescalero Space Kit. On the strength of their demos, the band was signed to Liberty, and changed their name to Sugarloaf, after a Colorado mountain popular with skiers (the record company was concerned about the possible racial overtones of Chocolate Hair). Sugarloaf recorded their self-titled debut album in 1970, and the single "Green-Eyed Lady" — co-written by Corbetta and based on a piece of a scale exercise in a practice book — slowly became a nationwide hit, catching on in more and more markets until it finally peaked at number three on the pop charts. For the follow-up album, 1971's Spaceship Earth, Sugarloaf added guitarist/songwriter Bob Yeazel, who had previously played on two albums as part of a Denver band called the Beast. Spaceship Earth didn't produce any hits, and disagreements over the band's choice of producers followed. Yeazel wound up leaving prior to the release of 1973's I Got a Song, which appeared on the smaller Brut label and featured former Beast drummer Larry Ferris. Resurfacing on Claridge in 1975, Sugarloaf finally scored that elusive follow-up hit with "Don't Call Us, We'll Call You" from their fourth and final album, Don't Call Us. However, they subsequently disbanded. Corbetta went on to release a solo album on Warner Bros., and later worked with Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons as a writer, producer, and backing musician.


Sugarloaf was a Denver, Colorado based rock and roll band in the 1970s featuring Jerry Corbetta.
They are best known for two songs, both of which hit the top 10 charts in the United States: "Green-Eyed Lady" and "Don't Call Us, We'll Call You".
The song "Don't Call Us, We'll Call You" is notable because it contained a practical joke at the expense of CBS Records.

 

70's Rock

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