Song of the Day: The Grass Roots, “I’d Wait A Million Years”

Badfinger, whose real name I believe is Max, and I were talking about great bands from the ’60’s, and he mentioned that a band that was popular then that doesn’t seemed to be remembered today was The Grass Roots. I had to be a wise guy and ask if he meant The Grassroots or The Grass Roots, knowing they used both spellings over the years…

Anyway, the Grass Roots were popular from the mid ’60’s to the mid ’70’s, and had a number of singles chart, although only three Top 10 hits (four, if you ask Cash Box), their most popular being “Midnight Confessions,” which peaked on the Hot 100 at #5 in 1968. This was their best selling single in 1969, peaking at #15 on the Hot 100, #12 according to Cash Box, and #11 according to Record World.

Since it’s just about midnight on the West Coast, I want to be the first to wish my brother Kip a very Happy Birthday!

18 thoughts on “Song of the Day: The Grass Roots, “I’d Wait A Million Years”

  1. I was reminded of The Grass Roots a number of years ago when The Office was still on. One of the character, Creed–played by Creed Bratton–had been a Root. I don’t recognize this song and can’t think of any others. I’ll have to look them up.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. They sounded good over the small speakers of radios in those days. A couple of members had been professional songwriters, so they knew what would and would not become a Top 40 hit.

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  2. Saw them live at Jones Beach a few years ago…or was it Westbury Music Fair…. Actually, it was both. Saw them at Westbury in either 2010 or 2011, Rob Grill had to sit while performing because he was ill.

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  3. Before the Grass Roots became a hit-making machine for a decade from the mid-1960s to the mid-1970s, they started out as just another attempt by commercial songwriters P.F. Sloan and Steve Barri to break free of their contractual obligations to Trousdale Music, the publishing arm of Dunhill Records, so they could be part of a real band.

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  4. A group that I was well aware of when they were on the charts (I was in high school at the time) whose music I always enjoyed. However, I never felt compelled to buy any of their music for my personal collection until sometime in this current century when I bought one of their greatest hits compilations on CD. Good group.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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