Chart Performance: Pop (#8); 1967
Story Behind The Song By Ed Osborne
The first single bearing the Grass Roots name was an actually a P.F. Sloan/Steve Barri studio creation featuring Sloan on lead vocal: Where Were You When I Needed You which peaked at #28 in July of 1966. Such success created demand for live performances so Sloan and Barri recruited the 13th Floor from Los Angeles to “become” the Grass Roots. The ex-13th Floor went from unknowns to stars when their first single shot into the Top 10. Unlike the first three Sloan/Barri-penned singles, Let’s Live For Today originated as Piangi Con Me: a hit song recorded by a British Invasion-era group that found success in Italy as the Rokes. The Rokes also released an English language version titled Let’s Live For Today in their native England. With a “sha-la-la-la-la” hook lifted from the Drifters‘ I Count The Tears and an edgier Sloan/Barri arrangement, Let’s Live resonated with the Vietnam War generation in America and established the Grass Roots as a hit-making group.
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- P. F. Sloan
- Steve Barri
Lyrics Written by:
- Michael Julien
- David Shapiro