This song's rise coincided with The Hudson Brothers ascent as TV stars. They had been making music since 1965. Performing locally as The MySirs, they signed a deal with manager Jerry Dennon, who had been involved with many Pacific Northwest acts, including The Kingsmen and The Raiders. Dennon got them a gig as brand ambassadors for the Chrysler Corporation, who had them change their name to The New Yorkers, after the Chrysler New Yorker model. They played at dealerships and recorded a song called "Things Are Changing" as a promotional disc for Chrysler before going on tour with The Who and Herman's Hermits.
Signed to Scepter Records, they released "Mr. Kirby," which was a regional hit in 1968. They later signed with Playboy Records, who released an album in 1972 using studio musicians - the band sang but didn't play. That tanked, and they moved on to Rocket Records, which was Elton John's label, and recorded an album called Totally Out Of Control
, which was released in England in 1974.
The Brothers made some connections in Hollywood and got their own Saturday morning kids show called The Hudson Brothers Razzle Dazzle Show
, which went on the air later in 1974. When their deal with Rocket imploded, they signed with Casablanca Records, who were looking to capitalize on their TV exposure. They recorded a song called "Hollywood Situation," which was going to be a single, but Neil Bogart at Casablanca decided they should cut an entire album. The brothers quickly recorded more tracks, including "So You Are A Star," which was deemed the best choice for the single. The song did well, but the TV tie-in hurt the band in terms of credibility, as they were compared to The Monkees and it was often assumed that they didn't play their own instruments or write their own songs. The show was canceled after one season, and the group's fortunes faded. Mark Hudson emerged as the most visible of the brothers - he became Joan Rivers' bandleader when she got her own talk show in 1989, and had further success as a songwriter. His co-writes include "Livin' On The Edge
" by Aerosmith, "Outside My Window" by Sarah Buxton, and "Where's The Love" by Hanson.