Get Closer

Album: Get Closer (1976)
Charted: 6
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  • "Get Closer" is the title track from Seals & Crofts eighth studio album, released when they were surfing the peak of their success. The duo - Jim Seals and Dash Crofts - wrote the song together.
  • Guest star on backing vocals: Carolyn Willis. You might remember her from the late-'60s/early-'70s R&B vocal trio, The Honey Cone, best known for their 1971 single "Want Ads."
  • This recording just happens to have come along shortly after Seals & Crofts played the famous California Jam of 1974, where they shared a stage with... Black Sabbath, The Eagles, Emerson Lake & Palmer, Deep Purple, and Earth Wind & Fire. The diverse lineup was telecast in part on an ABC special, giving the duo newfound fame.
  • Listen to this song and look at the album cover for Get Closer. Not at all what you'd expect from looking at the picture, is it? The photo says "Rolling-Stone-inspired, Cheech and Chong tokin' madmen" while the song is so consumer friendly, it's practically shrink-wrapped.
  • Seals and Crofts are both members of the Baha'i faith - so much so that they'd frequently close their live concerts by passing out literature and preaching onstage about their religion. Baha'i is an original type of religion which unifies beliefs in Abraham, Buddha, Jesus, and Muhammad, in a kind of unified religion in which all of the central figures of other religions are prophets in this one, along with introducing two of its own prophets, the Bab and Baha'u'llah. This integration is so tight that typical decorations on Baha'i temples might include symbols from other religions woven into the design. It's kind of an Esperanto of religions!

Comments: 2

  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn this day in 1976 {June 20th} "Get Closer" by Seals and Crofts {with Carolyn Willis} peaked at #2 {for 2 weeks} on Billboard's Easy Listening chart, for the two weeks it was at #2, the #1 record for both those weeks was "Today's The Day" by America...
    "Get Close" peaked at #6 {for 2 weeks} on Billboard's Top 100 chart...
    Between 1972 and 1980 the Los Angeles duo had thirteen records on the Easy Listening chart, seven made the Top 10 with their three biggest hits all peaking at #2, "We May Never Pass This Way (Again)" for one week in November of 1973, the above "Get Closer, and "You're In Love" for one week in June of 1978...
    James Eugene 'Jim' Seals will celebrate his 79th birthday in four months on October 17th, 2021, while Darrell George 'Dash' Crofts turns 83 years old in two months on August 14th, 2021...
    And from the 'For What It's Worth' department, the remainder of Easy Listening Top 10 on June 20th, 1976:
    At #3. "Never Gonna Fall In Love Again" by Eric Carmen
    #4. "Moonlight Feels Right" Starbuck
    #5. "Save Your Kisses For Me" by The Brotherhood Of Man
    #6. "I Need To Be In Love" by The Carpenters
    #7. "Afternoon Delight" by The Starland Vocal Band
    #8. "Shop Around" by Captain & Tennille
    #9. "A Butterfly For Bucky" by Bobby Goldsboro
    #10. "I'm Easy" by Keith Carradine
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn June 18th 1976, Seals & Crofts performed "Get Closer" on the NBC-TV program 'The Midnight Special', the duo were also guest hosts...
    Two months earlier on April 11th it entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #82; and on July 18th it peaked at #6 (for 4 non-consecutive weeks) and spent a half-year on the Top 100 (26 weeks)...
    It reached #2 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary Tracks chart...
    Between 1972 and 1978 the duo had twelve Top 100 records, with three making the Top 10 and all three peaked at #6 (the two others were "Summer Breeze" and "Diamond Girl").
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