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7 and 7 Is by Love
Album: Da CapoReleased: 1966Charted:
"7 and 7 Is" is 14. It's also a song released by Love, written by frontman Arthur Lee, and recorded at Sunset Sound Recorders in Hollywood on June 20, 1966. By the way, the B-side was the song "No. Fourteen." See, they liked their gimmick. This was Love's only charting hit.
Love is regarded today as one of the protopunk bands. In typical protopunk style, they seemed to labor under a curse - and it hit Love harder than just about anybody else. Lead singer and frontman Arthur Lee served prison time on a weapons charge after hitting California's "three strikes" limit for other offenses. While he was incarcerated, Love bassist Ken Forssi died of a suspected brain tumor at age 54, and Love rhythm guitarist Bryan MacLean died of a heart attack at age 52 (on Christmas!) after a significant struggle with heroin addiction. Then Lee was released, and died of complications from leukemia at age 61.
If Ken Forssi rings a bell for you surf-punks, that's because before Love he played bass for The Surfaris. They were the ones with "Wipe Out
Bands to cover "7 and 7 Is" include The Ramones, Alice Cooper, and Rush. Also, Sacramento, California band The 77s reference this song in their name. (thanks, Alexander Baron - London, England, for above 3)