Don’t Call Us, We’ll Call You – Sugarloaf – 1974

Sugarloaf - Don't Call Us, We'll Call YouHow many of you remember this one?  Sugarloaf’s 1974 hit, Don’t Call Us, We’ll Call You?

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  • US band Sugarloaf originated in Denver, Colorado.
  • Chronologically, Sugarloaf had three incarnations; 1970–1978; 1985; 1989-1991.  It was in the 70s that they produced their two top ten hits, Green-Eyed Lady and Don’t Call Us, We’ll Call You.
  • The core of Sugarloaf were lead vocalist and keyboardist Jerry Corbetta, and guitarist Bob Webber who had been in a band named Moonrakers – who released four unsuccessful singles in the late 60s.
  • In late 1968, Jerry and Bob pulled in drummer Myron Pollock and bassist Bob Raymond to form the band Chocolate Hair.  As they were readying to release their first album it was pointed out to the band that their name may have racial overtones – hence, a new name; Sugarloaf, named after a mountain in Boulder, Colorado.
  • Sugarloaf 2Their first single, Green Eyed Lady, peaked at #3 on the US charts.

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  • Don’t Call Us, We’ll Call You is the title track of Sugarloaf’s fourth and final album.
  • The song peaked at #9 in the US single charts.

don’t call us, we’ll call you – album review

For most intents and purposes, Sugarloaf was finished after their 1973 album I Got a Song failed to generate any attention, but the band continued to push ahead, channeling their frustrations into the bubblegum sarcasm of “Don’t Call Us, We’ll Call You.” The song became a fluke hit in 1975, prompting a re-release of I Got a Song under a new title borrowed from the hit, which also was prominently featured on the new release. Of course, the fizzy pop of “Don’t Call Us” sounded very little like the rest of the earlier record, which itself wasn’t all that reminiscent of their percolating 1970 hit “Green Eyed Lady,” either. It was a curious mix of pompous neo-prog — best heard on the charging instrumental “Myra, Myra” — light hippie funk, and coolly trippy soft rock, all sounds redolent of the early ‘70s, but certainly not the epitome of it. Which isn’t to say that lead singer/songwriter Jerry Corbetta couldn’t write — in addition to the hits, he knocked off Billy Joel/Elton John’s Western fantasia quite well on “Colorado Jones” — but this album tends to drift in and out of focus, making it a period piece but not much more. [Fuel 2000’s 2010 reissue added a host of worthwhile bonus tracks, including a live version of “Green Eyed Lady.”] Full review here.

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2 Responses to Don’t Call Us, We’ll Call You – Sugarloaf – 1974

  1. Wozza says:

    Yep – I remember this one well, including the stone cold Beatles steal before the bridge. Shameless!!

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