20. Summer's Gone

The ChartbustersIt was now 1967. A lot was riding on The Chartbusters next single for Bell Records. For the first time, the band's lyrics were more socially relevant and, musically, the band was one of the tightest around. So everyone had high hopes for "Glass Houses" b/w "Dance, Dance". If the single was a hit, an album would surely follow.

But in 1967 the music scene was changing at an exponential rate. The Chartbusters were never ones to experiment much in the studio, although some of their singles such as "Kick Wheeler" and "New Orleans" had contained overdubbed effects. Most of the material being considered for The Chartbusters album was melodic ballads with titles like "Summer Sweethearts" and "She's My Love" along with a classic remake or two such as "Love Is A Many Splendored Thing". Not only was the music not progressive, it was almost defiantly geared towards idyllic recollections of the Summers of 1965 and 1966.

In the end, it didn't really matter that the band preferred not to take part in the coming psychedelic era. While "Glass Houses" and "Dance, Dance" were some of the band's finest work, they didn't catch the public's attention and that spelled the end of the band. The Chartbusters continued to soldier on as the house band at The Crazy Horse in Georgetown, but by 1969 it was all over. Years later Tom Hanks would be quoted in People Magazine as saying The Chartbusters were one of the inspirations for his film "That Thing You Do!"...