Song of the Day: Sugarloaf, “Green-Eyed Lady”

From 1970 and their eponymous first album, “Green-Eyed Lady” was a #3 hit in the US for the Denver, Colorado-based band Sugarloaf. It was written by keyboardist and lead vocalist Jerry Corbetta along with J. C. Phillips and David Riordan. It also reached #1 in Canada for two weeks. The single version played on most radio stations is about half the length of the album’s: the single starts with the third repeat of the opening theme, eliminates about half of the organ solo and most of the guitar solo, and fades out shortly after the end of the vocals. Ther full version is six minutes and 53 seconds long, which was simply too long and took up time that could have been used for commercials…

22 thoughts on “Song of the Day: Sugarloaf, “Green-Eyed Lady”

  1. I heard this when I was a kid…but…I always liked their other hit the best…maybe it’s because I was 8 years old and listening to the radio in 1975…Don’t Call Us We’ll Call You..I do like this one also…I can’t think of one without thinking of the other.

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    1. The single seems incomplete when you hear the long version. There wasn’t much fat to trim from the long version. It’s a shame they didn’t just let it go at 6 minutes, but then they’d probably have to play more commercials…

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  2. I definitely prefer the long version of the song. I had the 8 track cartridge of this Sugarloaf album. Played it a lot until it just disappeared from my small collection of cartridges. I think some repair guy may have taken it way back then because I couldn’t find it after he came to do some work at my parents’ house. Oh well, things come and go I guess.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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    1. With the cartridges, it was only a matter of time before the tape stretched or broke. Not quite as bad as cassettes, but even so. I got to where I would get the cassette and copy it to a better quality casette, then play that until it failed, then record a new copy.

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