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Services For Sugarloaf Frontman Corbetta

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A funeral mass is being held today (23) for Jerry Corbetta, the frontman with Denver rock band Sugarloaf, who died 16 September. He had been battling Pick’s disease, a rare form of progressive dementia, and was 68.

SUGARLOAFSugarloaf rode the album rock boom of the turn of the 1970s and scored a No. 3 US hit with their signature song ‘Green-Eyed Lady’ in 1970. That helped take their self-titled album to a No. 24 peak during a 29-week run on the American chart.

The band had lesser success with the subsequent singles ‘Tongue In Cheek’ and ‘Mother Nature’s Wine’ and the album Spaceship Earth, before resurfacing Green-Eyed Ladyin 1974. ‘Don’t Call Us, We’ll Call You,’ credited to Sugarloaf/Jerry Corbetta, reached No. 9 on the Hot 100, and the album of the same name made a minor chart showing. The single included a recurring, audacious and obvious reference to the guitar riff from The Beatles‘ ‘I Feel Fine.’

Later, Corbetta served as music director for Frankie Valli’s touring band, a role he held until 1984. He wrote songs for both Peabo Bryson and Grace Jones, and was inducted as a member of Sugarloaf into the Colorado Music Hall of Fame, performing at the ceremony despite the illness that had developed by that time.

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