Oct 7, 1969: Youngbloods ‘Get Together’ Goes Gold

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The Youngbloods – Jesse Colin Young (vocals/bass), Jerry Corbitt (guitar), Lowell Levenger aka “Banana” (guitar/keyboards) and Joe Bauer (drums) – were a band that emerged from New York City’s Greenwich Village folk scene. After a residency at the Cafe au Go Go they were signed by RCA Records.

They recorded “Get Together” on their self-titled debut album in 1967. Written by Chet Powers – aka Dino Valenti, singer for Quicksilver Messenger Service – the song had already been recorded as “Let’s Get Together” by The Kingston Trio in 1964 and the next year by the We Five, who released it as a single that reached #31 on the Billboard Hot 100.

An ad for the single in the July 5, 1969 issue of industry trade magazine Record World

The Youngbloods issued the song as a single in 1967, and it peaked at #62.

Two years later, WABC AM DJ Dan Ingram used it as the background music in a promo for a brotherhood program; it was subsequently picked up by the National Conference of Christians and Jews and used in a PSA for a similar initiative.

From an ad that appeared in July 1969 in Record World: “Most young people into contemporary music today not only dig The Youngbloods, they respect them.”

As a result of the exposure, “Get Together” was reissued as a single and became a #5 hit. It went on to sell a million copies and was awarded its gold certification on October 7, 1969. It is also a signature song of the 1960s counterculture.

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Jesse Colin Young had a string of successful solo albums, releasing one each year for most of the ’70s.

Related: Our 2019 interview with Jesse Colin Young

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  1. 122intheshade
    #1 122intheshade 8 October, 2023, 18:31

    The Airplane recorded a fairly tame version on “Takes Off”. I don’t recall hearing “Get Together” on radio ads back in the late 60s.
    I DO remember Spanky and Our Gang’s “Give a Damn”. Maybe because “damn” was still a strong word on the airwaves back then.

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