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7 and 7 Is

by

Love



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"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)
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Comments (3):

@Baron: (The)Bangles used to do "7 and 7'" in concert. I'm not sure if they ever did it in the studio. Bangles stuck up for fellow L.A. acts of the past given the opportunity. "Live" by the Merry Go Round was another example. That's what makes their absence in any Arthur Lee/Love tribute (as far as I'm aware)conspicuous.
- Howard, Levittown, PA
Love was, by all accounts, an enormous influence on the Doors. When the Doors were getting together Love was the house band at the Whiskey on Sunset Strip and, according to Ray Manzarek, the Doors' dream and only real goal was to someday be as big as Love. Of course, in a matter of months, the Doors had replaced Love as the house band at the Whiskey, and a few months after that, the Doors exploded onto the national scene and far outstripped any success Love had experienced.
- Ken, Philadelphia, PA
This was always a "mystery" song . Great garage band music. Rarely heard it but never could remember the group or name of the song. One nice thing about the internet is being able to track down obscure songs like this and hear them and find out something about them here. Props to Song Facts.
- Mark, Plymouth, MN
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