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Chad and Jeremy return to Immanuel Presbyterian on Sunday

Post by Craig Sailor / The News Tribune on Oct. 12, 2012 at 12:11 pm with No Comments »
October 12, 2012 12:14 pm

Original “British Invaders” Chad and Jeremy are back at Tacoma’s Immanuel Presbyterian Church to perform a free benefit concert to support an international Habitat for Humanity build in Guatemala.

The pair, whose full names are Chad Stuart and Jeremy Clyde, first broke into America with the rest of the Brits in the early 1960s. The duo were quite successful until breaking up. They reunited in 2003 and have been touring together since. They performed at Immanuel two years ago.

But that hasn’t kept Clyde from pursuing his busy acting career. He’s appeared in the popular BBC drama “Downton Abbey” and the Margaret Thatcher/Meryl Streep biopic “The Iron Lady.”

“An Evening with Chad & Jeremy”
When: 8 p.m. Sunday
Where: Immanuel Presbyterian Church 901 N. J Street, Tacoma
Admission: By donation
Benefits: International Habitat for Humanity build in Guatemala
Info: ipctacoma.org.
Reception to follow

Here’s more from the announcement:

Chad and Jeremy were introduced to American audiences in 1964 as part of what was called “the British Invasion.” From 1964 to 1968, Chad & Jeremy had eleven hit US singles and released seven classic albums. Since then, the music of Chad & Jeremy has been re-released on countless albums and CDs worldwide.

Of all the British Invasion acts of 1964, Chad & Jeremy were unique in that not only were they long-haired purveyors of English-accented pop hits, but they were clever songwriters who had a softer side and a sensibility closer to many of their US folk-pop contemporaries. Combine this with a fantastic wit which they used to great effect on stage, television, and records and you are left with a memorable combination which still wins over audiences today.

Chad Stuart and Jeremy Clyde met at drama school in 1960, and were playing a small folk club in London when they were discovered by famed movie composed John Barry. They became a sensation in America riding the wave of the British Invasion, chalking up several Top 40 hits including “Summer Song”, “Yesterday’s Gone”, “Willow Weep for Me”, and “Distant Shores”. The duo appeared in legendary TV shows including “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” “The Patty Duke Show” and “Batman.”

Some of their most critically acclaimed work was initially some of their least known – later garnering them cult status. The progressive 1967 release Of Cabbages and Kings was followed a year later by The Ark, which prompted Rolling Stone Magazine to proclaim… “Chad and Jeremy – out of schlock rock into progressive rock”. The Ark proved to be their last album of the 1960s, as Jeremy returned to acting and the duo disbanded.

The most recent phase in their career began in 2003 when they reunited for a PBS TV music special. Since then they have performed their two-man show all over the United States, Canada, Hawaii and the Philippines – playing to sold out crowds who flock to hear the harmonies and the humor.

They continue to record and release material on their own record label, including 2008’s ARK-eology, and their first ever live album – Reflection – released in 2012. That same year, Chad & Jeremy appeared in a second PBS TV show in six months, while Jeremy Clyde featured on the West End stage in the award-winning dramatic play “Three Days In May.” Jeremy has also appeared in the Emmy winning UK drama “Downton Abbey” and the Academy Award winning film “The Iron Lady.” Meanwhile, Chad has branched out on his own with a solo tour and released a children’s CD entitled “Don’t Argue With An Elephant”.

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