Sugarloaf was a psychedelic rock band from Denver, Colorado that became famous during the early 1970s. The original lineup consisted of Bob MacVittie (drums), Bob Webber (guitar), bassist Bob Raymond (d. February 11, 2016, age 69), and lead singer/keyboardist Jerry Corbetta (September 23, 1947 - September 16, 2016), with a number of personnel changes and additions. Formed in 1968 and first known as Chocolate Hair, the group decided to rename itself to something less racially incendiary after signing to Liberty Records. By 1970, they became known as Sugarloaf after a nearby mountain outside of Boulder and released their eponymous debut album that same year.
Sugarloaf debuted on the Pop/Rock charts in 1970 with the evocative "Green-Eyed Lady," a psychedelic rock/jazz fusion classic co-written by Corbetta featuring a long organ instrumental interlude which became a Top 5 hit. This smash was followed in 1971 by "Tongue In Cheek" and "Mother Nature's Wine," both from the band's second album, "Spaceship Earth." Sugarloaf later had a Top 10 hit in 1974 with the blues rocker, "Don't Call Us, We'll Call You," the title song to the band's fourth and final album which was also co-written by Corbetta. Sugarloaf had two final chart entries in 1975 with "Stars In My Eyes" and "I Got A Song."
After Sugarloaf disbanded in 1978, Jerry Corbetta went on to pursue a solo career. Prior to the band's split, he had a minor hit in 1976 with "You Set My Dreams To Music." From 1980-1984, Corbetta was a member of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, and he later became a part of a number of touring nostalgia shows. Sugarloaf had several reunions over the years and came together once again on September 8, 2012 to perform at the Boulder Theater for its induction into the Colorado Music Hall of Fame.
- Ultimate Classic Rock remembers Sugarloaf lead singer Jerry Corbetta.
- Westword.com pays tribute to Sugarloaf bassist Bob Raymond.
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- Green-Eyed Lady 1970
(In this song, a long organ instrumental break occurs about halfway through.)
Sugarloaf And Jerry Corbetta
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