In an age where information on the most mundane, obscure and relatively useless things in the world can be accessed at your fingertips, not much info can be found about the Rhode Island band, Wadsworth Mansion, who hit the Top 10 hit their only hit, Sweet Mary. There is plenty of info on the real Wadsworth Mansion located in Connecticut and available for your next bridal function.
The tune was written by their lead singer and guitarist Steve Jobelecki and became the first pop act on the Sussex record label to hit the Top 40, even the Top 10. The interesting thing to me is how it became a big hit, as it debuted in Top 40 at number #15 on February 13th. Even Casey was probably scratching his head on this one, like who the hell are these guys. It hit its peak of #7 on February 27th, surrounded by Amos Moses by Jerry Reed and I Hear You Knocking by Dave Edmunds. By March 27th, it had fallen to #29. The next week, it feel completely off the Top 100.
There’s definitely a story here, but I have yet to find it. So I am passing it along to you, reader. If you have any info on why an unknown would quickly rise and dramatically fall, never to be heard from again, please pass your info along. Was was the appeal of this song? Was it the 50s-ish wop-be-doo-be-doo-wop-wop-wop intro? Was it the chicky-chicky-johasafred bridge? Was it a love letter written by a soldier stuck in Vietnam waiting to see his sweet Mary. Help me with this one!
By the way, 4 songs whose title started with ‘sweet’ made the Top 10 in 1971 and The Sweet’s first single made the Top 100 that year as well.