Another Passing: RIP Jerry Corbetta of Sugarloaf

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,

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Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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