THE GRASS ROOTS - Where Were You When I Needed You (1966)
The Grass Roots are an American rock band that charted frequently between 1965 and 1975. The band was originally the creation of Lou Adler and songwriting duo PF Sloan and Steve Barri. In their career, they achieved two gold albums, two gold singles and charted singles on the Billboard Hot 100 a total of 21 times. Among their charting singles, they achieved Top 10 three times, Top 20 six times and Top 40 fourteen times. They have sold over 20 million records worldwide. Until his death in 2011, early member Rob Grill and a newer lineup of the Grass Roots continued to play many live performances each year. By 2012, the group featured no original band members, with a lineup personally chosen by Grill carrying on the legacy of the group with nationwide live performances.
A terrific artifact of the 1960s folk rock movement. The Grass Roots story is a complex one, and it involves no fewer than three different bands using that name. When the Byrds hit it big with “Mister Tambourine Man”, Dunhill records asked staff composer Phil Sloan if he could write something in the folk-rock vein. He responded with the song “Where Were You When I Needed You.” When a demo of the song Where Were You When I Needed You started getting airplay, the label decided that an album was necessary, even though there wasn’t really a band to record it. Because of this, the album was recorded using session musicians and released with no band information or photos on the cover. The first album is essentially the work of LA’s famed Wrecking Crew, along with PF Sloan and Steve Barri. After this LP, the label found a band to record under the Grass Roots name and they continued to put hits on the chart for the better part of a decade. While most albums by The Grass Roots are relatively easy to find, Where Were You When I Needed You is actually fairly rare, as it sold poorly on initial release and was soon deleted.
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