|CHAD & JEREMY-I Don't Wanna Lose You Baby/Pennies US Columbia 4-43339 1965|
Brit duo Chad & Jeremy were far more successful in the USA than back in the homeland , so much so that by 1966 they ceased to release any singles in the UK (and they had but one hit in the UK, "Yesterday's Gone" that peaked at a paltry #37!!). Today's specimen was their eighth UK 45 (issued in September 1965 as CBS 201814). It was issued here in the States a few months prior (July to be exact)! Interestingly it reached #35 here in the US Top 40 but I had never heard it before (growing up US "oldies radio" pretty much stuck to "A Summer Song" and "Willow Weep For Me")!
The A-side is a curious choice , "I Don't Wanna Lose You Baby" was penned by Van McCoy but I can find no evidence of anyone else recording it (but thanks to my pal Larry Grogan over at Funky 16 Corners I have since learned it was originally cut by Tommy Hunt as Atlantic 45-2278 in February 1965). It's an interesting track of orchestrated pop that's somewhere between The Righteous Brothers/The Walker Brothers and The Association (the melody sounds like a cross between "Just Once In My Life" and "(You're My) Soul And Inspiration").
Both sides have been compiled on the Chad & Jeremy collection "The Essential Chad & Jeremy: The Columbia Years".
Hear "I Don't Wanna Lose You Baby":