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"Yesterday's Gone" is the title of a hit single by Chad & Jeremy which was released in 1963.

The song was written in 1962 by Chad Stuart who comprised Chad & Jeremy with Jeremy Clyde. Stuart shares the song's writing credit with Wendy Kidd, the manager of a band Stuart belonged to at the time of the song's writing; according to Stuart, Kidd was given the songwriting credit in return for allowing him to compose "Yesterday's Gone" on her piano. Kidd also facilitated Stuart's being hired as a staff writer at Rogers Music who published "Yesterday's Gone" although the song remained unrecorded until Stuart and Clyde began performing as a duo eventually recording "Yesterday's Gone" in July of 1963 in a session at Abbey Road Studios produced and arranged by John Barry.[1]

Released 27 September 1963, "Yesterday's Gone" entered the UK Top 50 on the chart dated 30 November 1963 and remained on the chart for seven weeks with a #37 peak, its mild performance attributable to "Yesterday's Gone" being released on the small-scale Ember Records label.[2] A press report of Jeremy Clyde's being descended from the Duke of Wellington has also been put forward as a factor in the record's loss of momentum, "blue blood" being anathemic to the British youth who were the principle record buying demographic. Despite their subsequent US success, "Yesterday's Gone" would remain Chad & Jeremy's sole UK chart entry. [3]

The first international release of "Yesterday's Gone" was in February 1964 in Australia on Festival Records and was overlooked. However in the United States, where "Yesterday's Gone" was picked up by the Pittsburgh-based World Artists Records for release in March 1964, the single would become a beneficiary of the "British Invasion" craze, entering the Billboard Hot 100 in May 1964 to share the Top 40 that summer with such fellow "Brit hits" as "A World Without Love" and "Nobody I Know" by Peter and Gordon, "Bad to Me" and "Little Children" by B. J. Kramer & the Dakotas, "Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying" by Gerry and the Pacemakers and "Can't You See That She's Mine" by the Dave Clark 5. "Yesterday's Gone" did not join these last-named records in the Top Ten instead peaking at #21 but it has proven the equal of these higher ranking hits as a touchstone of the "British Invasion" sound. Chad & Jeremy would subsequently place three singles in the US Top 20 but only their one Top Ten hit: "A Summer Song", rivals "Yesterday's Gone" as the duo's signature song.[3]

The American success of "Yesterday's Gone" occasioned a re-release of the track in Australia [4] where it charted over the summer of 1964 with a #26 peak, and also a major label cover in the UK, where in March 1964 Pye Records released a version of "Yesterday's Gone" recorded by the Overlanders with Tony Hatch producing; the Overlanders' version did not chart in the UK but as picked up by Hickory Records for US release in May 1964 became a regional hit reaching #75 that July, marking the only Billboard Hot 100 appearance of the Overlanders which preceded that group's sole charting in their native UK (with the #1" Michelle") by almost two years. [5][6]

"Yesterday's Gone" has also been recorded by the Boxmasters, the Browns, Brenda Lee and the Osborne Brothers. A mid-1960s recording by the Bee Gees is featured on their 1998 Brilliant From Birth compilation CD. Translated as "Pas Aujourd'hui", "Yesterday's Gone" was charted in France at #94 in France for Les Missiles in the autumn of 1964.

  1. ^ "Chad & Jeremy Official Site". http://www.chadandjeremy.net/cj/hist2.htm. Retrieved 7 April 2010. 
  2. ^ "Chartstats". http://www.chartstats.com/songinfo.php?id=3575. Retrieved 7 April 2010. 
  3. ^ ISBN 978-0-275-99860-8. 
  4. ^ Billboard: 6 June 1964 (vol. 76 #23), p.29
  5. ^ "Pye Records Discography". 
  6. ^ "45 RPM". http://www.45-rpm.org.uk/diro/overlanders.htm. Retrieved 7 April 2010.
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Label:  World Artists
Release Date:  May 23, 1964
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