Chad & Jeremy, Yesterday’s Gone, World Artists WAM-2002, 1964
Yesterday’s Gone was a minor British hit. Released in the UK in November 1963, it managed to climb to #37 on the British charts. The only thing good about that chart run was the timing. In the wake of The Beatles’ success in the US with I Want To Hold Your Hand, every American record company tried to snap up every unsigned act imaginable. The big labels got the big acts, naturally, but minor acts like Chad & Jeremy had to take what they could get.
In fact, they were close to breaking up when their tiny UK label, Ember, leased Yesterday’s Gone to tiny World Artist Records. Released in March , 1964, the single hit a respectable #21 in the US. Their follow up, the UK flop A Summer Song did much better, hitting #7. That justified this album, which also found a groove with US buyers. Quickly signed to Columbia, they had hits into 1966 and major label releases through the decade.
The reason I chose to write about the album though is the great lengths World Artists went to differentiate the mono and stereo versions of the record. The stereo is pretty rare, and it came with a smaller cover picture and a gold jacket, while the mono has a larger picture on a white background. The mono also has a sticker on it to remind folks that A Summer Song is included on the record. I’ve yet to run into a small label that went to the trouble to print two different cover slicks for a record.
Cost: $3, $248 Remaining