Chad & Jeremy singer Chad Stuart dies aged 79
Chad Stuart (left) had a brief but intense period of fame with Jeremy Clyde in the United States
The British singer-songwriter Chad Stuart, who had hits with the duo Chad & Jeremy from the 1960s in the USA, has died at the age of 79.
The folk-pop couple enjoyed success with songs like Yesterday's Gone, A Summer Song and Willow Weep For Me.
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During the British invasion, they found greater success in the United States than in their home country, where Yesterday's Gone was their only top 40 single.
One statement said the world had "lost a legend" but his voice would "continue to touch our lives through his music".
Stuart, born David Stuart Chadwick in Windermere, Cumbria, met Jeremy Clyde at London's Central School for Speech and Drama and they began making music together in the early 1960s.
Yesterday's Gone peaked at number 37 in Britain in 1963, but her career in Britain took an irreversible blow after the press discovered Clyde's aristocratic background.
Clyde was the grandson of the Duke of Wellington and the Daily Express discovered a photo of him as a page at the Queen's coronation.
"When it turned out he was an 'Aristo' it was all over," said Stuart once. "Rock 'n' roll is a means for the working class to escape their dark lot. I was middle class and that was fine. But being an aristocrat - forget it."
Chad & Jeremy
Their backgrounds played a far lesser role in the US, where fans welcomed the influx of British bands and led Chad & Jeremy to a brief but intense spell of fame across the pond.
The duo knocked out the top 40 tracks by the mid-1960s, including A Summer Song, which featured in films like Rushmore by director Wes Anderson, The Princess Diaries by Anne Hathaway, and Men in Black III. as well as a Coors Light beer advertisement last year.
They even played fictional versions of themselves on the Dick Van Dyke Show and the Patty Duke Show, and appeared as themselves on an episode of the original Batman television series.
According to the New York Times, Clyde's family relationships allowed the two young men to stay at the Los Angeles hit home of hit songwriter Dean Martin, and they were dating Frank Sinatra.
In the late 60s, their music followed the trend of going in a more psychedelic direction before going their separate ways.
Stuart continued to work as a producer and director in music while Clyde went into acting.
Chad & Jeremy at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival
The duo eventually reformed to resume and tour, releasing new music in 1983. They made a second comeback in 2002, playing in a number of nostalgic British invasion events of the 1960s before Stuart officially retired to Sun Valley.
A statement posted on the band's Facebook page on Sunday said: "We are deeply saddened to hear the deaths of Chad Stuart, a father, husband, brother, grandfather, friend, mentor, teacher and one Inspiration to announce to many.
"We ask for love, celebration, but also space while the family gets used to life without this incredible power."
He died of non-Covid-related pneumonia after being hospitalized after falling.
The US pop rock act Paul Revere and the Raiders paid tribute to them. to say it "was a real pleasure to tour and share a time never to be repeated with Chad & Jeremy".
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