Saturday, June 18, 2016

Blood, Sweat and Tears - "Lucretia MacEvil" (1970)

Blood, Sweat, and Tears - "Lucretia McEvil" (Billboard #29, entered 10/3/70; easy listening #39). Written by David Clayton-Thomas. Produced by Bobby Colomby and Roy Halee. 45: "Lucretia McEvil"/"Lucretia's Reprise" (Columbia 1970). LP: Blood, Sweat and Tears 3 (Columbia (1970).

Although their chart success dwindled after 1969 (the big year that brought them three Top 5 hits), Blood, Sweat, and Tears managed to maintain a steady radio presence with new material until 1975. Written by the group's vocalist David Clayton-Thomas, "Lucretia MacEvil" had a jazz-rock-in-your-face quality that lacked the charm and wit of their previous hits, but enough MOR stations embraced it to appear on Billboard's easy listening chart. Perhaps MOR acceptance for the group got a boost after they sacrificed their underground rock mojo for a three night stand at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas in December 1969 and for a U.S. State Department-sponsored tour of Eastern Europe in mid-1970.

Blood, Sweat, and Tears - "Lucretia McEvil"

See also: A KMPC Playlist circa 1971

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