Some of my earliest education of how the music industry really worked came from a 1975 song by Jerry Corbetta and Sugarloaf. Take a close listen to the lyrics.
Corbetta was a prodigy drumming sensation starting at age four. When he grew up, he switched to keyboards and formed a series of bands, the biggest of which was Sugarloaf. “Green Eyed Lady” was a #3 hit in America in 1970 before the band was dumped by its label (makes the above song a lot more real, doesn’t it?) before rebounding with “Don’t Call Us.”
Jerry later found work with Frankie Valli and the Seasons in the 1980s before being diagnosed with Pick’s Disease, a form of Alzheimer’s, in the 90s. That’s what killed him in the end. He was 68,