Green-Eyed Lady – Sugarloaf | Top 40 Chart Performance, Story and Song Meaning

Chart Performance: Pop (#3); 1970

Story Behind The Song By Ed Osborne

An exercise in a classical scale practice book used by Jerry Corbetta provided the inspiration for his band’s biggest hit, Green-Eyed Lady. Jerry co-founded his soon-to-be-hit-bound band in Denver, Colorado out of the remains of the Moonrakers. Jerry and his musician mates called their new group Chocolate Hair, recorded some demos, and sent the tapes off to Liberty Records. Among the tracks was the classical scale-based tune sporting some lyrics whipped up in the studio. The keyboard-driven Green Eyed Lady barely made it onto the band’s debut album. Soon, however, it was gathering air spins in Portland, Oregon under Chocolate Hair’s new name, Sugarloaf. (Apparently, the record execs were concerned about possible racial fallout from “Chocolate Hair” so a ski mountain outside of Boulder provided a new name. Green-Eyed Lady picked up steam throughout the Northwest, then spread nationally, peaking at #3 in the fall of 1970.

This content and all Song Meaning articles were created and written by Top 40 Contributing Editor Ed Osborne. © 2023 Ed Osborne. All Rights Reserved. In addition to these song meaning articles, Ed has written our “Year in Music 1960s-1990s” articles.

Produced by:

  • J.C. Phillips

Lyrics Written by:

  • Jerry Corbetta
  • J.C. Phillips
  • David Riordan