Wadsworth Mansion was a short-lived rock band from Providence, Rhode Island that became famous during the early 1970s. They are best known for "Sweet Mary" (1970), a catchy, guitar-driven pop rocker about a soldier fighting in Vietnam who receives a letter from his girlfriend telling him she is going to have a baby.
Formed in 1970, the lineup consisted of Wayne Gagnon (guitar, vocals), John Poole (bass), Steve Jablecki (guitar, keyboards, vocals), and his brother Mike (drums). Signed with Sussex Records, the band got its name from the Wadsworth Mansion at Long Hill Estate in Middletown, Connecticut.
Wadsworth Mansion debuted in late 1970 with the Steve Jablecki-penned "Sweet Mary," which became a Top 10 hit on the Pop/Rock charts in early 1971 and also made the Adult Contemporary Top 40. This smash, which was ranked at #96 on Billboard Magazine's Top 100 singles of 1971, was followed soon after by "Michigan Harry Slaughter" (1971), a minor hit. Other songs for which Wadsworth Mansion is well known include "What's On Tonight," the B-side to "Sweet Mary."
By August 1972, Wadsworth Mansion had officially disbanded after a number of personnel changes. With Southern blues guitarist Forrest McDonald, Steve Jablecki (d. April 14, 2005) reformed the band the following year and changed its name to Slingshot.
- R.J. Heim of turnto10.com recounts the story behind Wadsworth Mansion's smash, "Sweet Mary."
- Quahog.org remembers Wadsworth Mansion lead singer and guitarist, Steve Jableck.
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