This soft and sad song that remembers a summer romance was written by Chad Stuart (the Chad of the duo), with Clive Metcalfe and Keith Noble. It was released as the title track on their first album , the 1964 Yesterday’s Gone. They also released it as a single, backed with “No Tears for Johnnie.” While the song was not a big hit in the U.K., as it was deemed a bit too sweet, it went to #2 on the U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary Chart, #7 in Canada, and #49 in Australia. There have been a number of covers of the song, including versions by The Lettermen, Skeeter Davis, The Doodletown Pipers, and Laila Kinnunen, to mention a few.
Chad and Jeremy are Chad Stuart and Jeremy Clyde. John Barry, who composed the music for 12 James Bond films and other movies, including Dances With Wolves and Born Free, discovered the duo performing in a club in London. He also produced their first records, including “Yesterday’s Gone,” and helped develop their softer sound, which made them stand out from the harder rock sound of most of the other British groups.
Their natural charm and humor made them frequent guest stars on American TV, including The Patty Duke Show (playing a pop duo called Nigel and Patrick), The Dick Van Dyke Show (playing a pop duo called the Redcoats), and Batman (playing a pop duo called…you guessed it… Chad and Jeremy). They appeared as two wandering actors in an episode of the comic Western series Laredo. This also served as a pilot for their own show, but the show wasn’t picked up. Chad was the voice of Flaps, the vulture, in Walt Disney’s The Jungle Book. Jeremy was a bachelor contestant on The Dating Game (and he won).
Chad and Jeremy continue to tour and perform.