Chad and Jeremy Yesterday’s Gone

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"Yesterday's Gone" by Chad and Jeremy

Soft Rock

By Rick Balian

Chad and Jeremy (Chad Stuart and Jeremy Clyde) were part of the first wave of the British Invasion in 1963. Their folk rock style proved to be much more popular in the U.S. than in their native England. Their first song, “Yesterday’s Gone,” by 1964, had reached #21 in the U.S. but only #34 in the U.K. 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 sixties British Invasion 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… Chad & 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.

45rpm record of "Yesterday's Gone" by Chad and Jeremy

Yesterday’s Gone is a bittersweet recollection of a relationship that soured. It also unintentionally parallels a real-life situation in Chad’s life. He wrote the music and the lyrics. But Wendy Kidd is also given a credit. Wendy was the manager of a band that Chad was in just before he met Jeremy. “Yesterday’s Gone” was the first song Chad ever wrote. And he wrote it on Wendy’s piano. Incredibly, she convinced him to give her a songwriting credit in exchange for letting him use her piano. Chad regretted his decision soon after. Not only was yesterday gone but so was gullibility.

Here are the lyrics to “Yesterday’s Gone” by Chad and Jeremy:

“I loved you all the summer through
I thought I’d found my dream in you
For me you were the one
But that was yesterday and yesterday’s gone

We walked together hand in hand
’Cross miles and miles of golden sand
But now it’s over and done
’Cause that was yesterday and yesterday’s gone

We had such happiness together
I can’t believe it’s gone forever

Wait ’til summer comes again
I hope that you’ll remember when
Our love had just begun
I loved you yesterday and yesterday’s gone

We had such happiness together
I can’t believe it’s gone forever

Wait ’til summer comes again
I hope that you’ll remember when
Our love had just begun
I loved you yesterday and yesterday’s gone

Yesterday’s gone
Yesterday’s gone
Yesterday’s gone”

If you are interested in reading about and listening to another song by Chad and Jeremy: “A Summer Song.”

Check Out The Groove Pad for More 1960s Music

The Pass the Paisley Groove Pad is a resting stop, a place to chill out and listen to the featured song on the stereo. If the mood strikes you, click on the juke box to access and listen to the 50+ free online songs there. The TV has several channels, with selections updated twice a week. Every now and then, Pass the Paisley hosts an all-request of 1960s and 1970s songs for a Be-In at the juke box in the Groove Pad. Keep on truckin’. Hope you enjoyed “Yesterday’s Gone” by Chad and Jeremy.

Rick Balian
Rick Balian
Rick Balian is an award-winning playwright who grew up on the wrong side of the ’60s (the ’70s). He still marvels at the diversity, inventiveness, and energy of music from then and wonders if it will ever be matched. He’s randomly optimistic that it will.

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  2. […] If you are interested in reading about and listening to another song by Chad and Jeremy: “Yesterday’s Gone.” […]

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