The first single to be released from the Spaceship Earth LP was the rockin' "Tongue in Cheek" b/w "Woman". On March 13, 1971, KIMN Radio in Denver featured Sugarloaf on the front of their weekly survey that had "Tongue in Cheek" at the #28 position. An interesting note about the photo. A similar photo taken at the same shoot was used for promotional purposes that I've found on a few occasions, but this is the only time I have ever seen this particular photo used.
The 45 was released internationally and many copies came with a picture sleeve. Below is the version from the U.S. Note the sign has Sugarloaf written on it and the mailbox does not say Spaceship Earth. If you check the Japanese sleeve, it is the exact opposite. The LP has both.
Below are copies of the 45 without the picture sleeve. On the right is the promo copy, as is stated on the top of the label.
Here is the very rarely seen United Artists Silver Spotlight Series 45 of "Tongue In Cheek" and "Green Eyed Lady." This was an early version of a Back-to-Back hits 45 from the early seventies.
Capitol Records also released the 45 in the nineties on their EMI America Treasury Silver Spotlight Series. This reissue series 45 had "Green Eyed Lady" on one side, and "Tongue in Cheek" on the other. The release date, chart position, and time length were all listed incorrectly on the "Tongue in Cheek" side.
The sheet music was available with a nicely colored cover.
Below is the Billboard magazine ad.
On February 15, 1971, "Tongue in Cheek" was hitbound on 89, WLS in Chicago. It was an excellent and very popular station in the country at the time.
On March 22, 1971, "Tongue in Cheek" was at #17 at radio station WCOL in Columbus, OH. The previous week it had been at #13. All four surveys above are thumbnails that can be clicked on for a clearer view. (NOTE: When it takes you to the survey you will have to move your cursor over the survey. Then an icon will appear. Click on the icon and it will enlarge the survey.)
Above in the center is a Top 40 survey from March 27, 1971 depicting the Sugarloaf single "Tongue in Cheek" at #33. Many songs that never made the Billboard Top 40 charted considerably higher in record shops and local radio stations. These surveys were available at no charge on a weekly basis back in the day. You could find them at F.W. Woolworth's stores, Tempo stores, and other related department stores. They have now become collectable items for several reasons. Some show advertisements for concerts, where others spotlight Albums of the Week. This particular survey showed a picture of David Crosby on the back and the album of the week was his "If I Could Only Remember My Name."
And above on the right, a month later on April 30, at WHB in Kansas City, MO, "Tongue in Cheek" was at #19.
The survey below on the left is from KAKC in Tulsa, OK from March 24, 1971. That week "Tongue in Cheek" climbed from #16 to #10. The survey on the right is from that same week, dated March 26, and is from Denver's KTLK radio station. It was still climbing and doing well that week moving from #5 to #4. (Click on the thumbnails below to see a larger version. As mentioned above, when it takes you to the survey you will have to move your cursor over the survey. Then an icon should appear. Click on the icon and it will enlarge the survey. If no icon appears, just click on the survey and that should enlarge it.)
"Tongue in Cheek" spent 8 weeks on the Billboard charts and peaked at #55. In the Cashbox charts, it was the highest charting debut single for the week of February 27, entering at #78. It spent 9 weeks on Cashbox peaking at #40 on April 24.
Oddly enough, after "Tongue in Cheek" dropped out of the charts, plans were made for the next single to be "Woman" b/w "Tongue in Cheek." Often singles would be reversed if the A-side didn't chart as well as expected, the unusual thing here was that it was going to have a different record number and label. The designated number for the unreleased single was to be United Artists 50757. Instead, the next Sugarloaf single would be "Mother Nature's Wine."
"Tongue In Cheek" became
the last single to be issued on Liberty Records and Spaceship Earth became one
of the last two non-compilation albums on Liberty Records. After that, Transamerica
shifted all new singles and albums to the United Artists label along with all
of the Liberty artists. From this point on, Liberty Records was only used
for reissues and compilation albums until EMI took them over in the
eighties. They then became a country label.
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