JERRY CORBETTA PAGE 2
Differences of opinions on producers and the direction the band was going led to Bob Yeazel and Bob MacVittie's departure in mid to late 1972. At this same time Liberty decided not to release any more records of new material and dropped all of the artists signed to them. Shortly after, Jerry met Neil Bogart who was the head of Buddah Records. He ended up signing with the Brut label, which was a subsidiary of Buddah.
The album was called I Got a Song and was released in 1973 as Brut Records 6006. There were two singles released from it; "Round and Round" b/w "Colorado Jones" BR 805
and "I Got a Song" b/w "Myra, Myra" BR 815.
Sheet music for the title track of the LP was produced also.
When Jerry first started recording the album Sugarloaf no longer existed. Half of the album was recorded with studio musicians and the other half was recorded with Sugarloaf members Bob Raymond, Larry Ferris (previously with Beast) and Larry Wilkins (previously, and also later with the Freddi-Henchi Band). The LP was doing well but the label was very short lived.
Also in 1973, Jerry was honored by Hohner keyboards by having a miniature statue of his likeness featured in this trade publication advertisement.
Apparently some touring was still going on also. Click the ticket to hear an advertisement for a Sugarloaf concert from 1974.
Above left is a clip from the March 16, 1974 Cashbox Magazine.
Also in 1974, Jerry started getting involved a bit with writing, producing and performing with other artists. This would continue throughout his career, and at one point become full time. Above is a single by an excellent group from Washington called Chinook. Click on it to see many more recordings that Jerry was involved with in the seventies.
Unfortunately, Brut dropped the music label and Jerry bought back the rights to the album from them, although this probably ended up being a good thing for Jerry.
A friend of Jerry's had a recording studio and while hanging out there he came up with the riff and the title for his next song, "Don't Call Us, We'll Call You." It was sort of an autobiographical song based on not being able to get a record deal, and talking with A & R people. The master tracks were recorded in Denver with the bass being added in Hollywood, and featured The Flying Saucers (Jason Hickman, Mikkel Saks, and David Queen) on background vocals.
"Don't Call Us, We'll Call You" b/w "Texas Two Lane" was released on Claridge Records 402 in November 1974.
Click on the record above to see foreign versions and the white label promo of the release.
This trade advertisement from the week of January 18, 1975 shows the music industry had confidence in it becoming a hit. On February 1, 1975, it entered Billboard's Top 40 where it remained for 11 weeks with three of those weeks being in the Top 10. It spent a total of 21 weeks on Billboard's Hot 100 and was the #56 song of the year in 1975.
Here is the cool cover for the sheet music. They did a nice job with it.
The Don't Call Us - We'll Call You LP entered Billboard's Charts on April 12, 1975 and stayed on for six weeks. Jerry and Frank tried shopping the LP to other labels but with no serious offers, Frank decided to put it out on his own label. It became Claridge 1000. The track listing differs from the I Got a Song LP in that "Easy Evil" has been removed to make room for "Don't Call Us."
The cover shows a skeleton by a switchboard waiting for the call that never comes. Other noticeable items in the photo is a Billboard Magazine and a jar of Vaseline. The cobwebs in the photo caused some problems. It was important to have adequate ventilation when spraying these. The prop man hadn't opened any windows and shortly after spraying the artificial cobwebs, he had passed out on the floor and had to be taken to the hospital.
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