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Sugarloaf, originally named Chocolate Hair, formed at a time when supergroups like Crosby, Stills and Nash were coming together from other groups. Brown says Sugarloaf was kind of the cream of all the Colorado bands in 1969 and included members from the Moonrakers and the Soul Survivors. The band recorded a seven-song demo and got signed to Liberty Records, which wanted to use the demo as its debut. The group insisted on doing one more song, which was "Green Eyed Lady," named after keyboardist Jerry Corbetta's girlfriend; that song wound up going to number three on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1970.
Although "Green Eyed Lady" continues to endure, Sugarloaf's "Don't Call Us We'll Call You" resulted from Corbetta's trying to regain a recording deal but getting shut down. There's the sound of a touchtone phone in the song dialing a couple of numbers — CBS Records and the general White House line. According to Brown, kids would record the touchtone, play it back over the phone and get connected to either place. Ironically, the song became a top-ten hit for the band.
The final inductee this time around is KIMN, a Top 40 AM radio giant back in the '60s. What made the station special was that it played local acts like the Astronauts and the Moonrakers alongside the Beatles and Rolling Stones. "You could go down the street and not stop listening to it," Brown recalls, "because it was coming out of every car radio and every shop, every transistor radio that kids were carrying around with them. I mean, it was just ubiquitous."
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If only the same sort of inescapability applied to the thieves who made off with some of the Hall's exhibits a few weeks ago. While some of the displays were being constructed for this week's ceremony, burglars broke into the Adams County warehouse where the exhibits were being put together and made off with some of the artifacts, including a signature Fender Stratocaster belonging to Flash Cadillac's Sam McFadin, a gold record belonging to Warren Knight that the band earned for the American Graffiti soundtrack, and a leather jacket and shark mask that belonged to Linn "Spike" Phillips III, also of Flash Cadillac.
None of the items have been returned, but the Adams County Sheriff's Department apparently has some good leads. "It was a dagger in my heart that items that people had entrusted to us are no longer in our possession," Brown says. "It was so random. The guy who stole them doesn't even know what he has."
Looking toward the Hall's future, Brown says they hope to have another induction event in the first quarter of next year for Dan Fogelberg, Joe Walsh & Barnstorm and Caribou Ranch. Brown and Morris will fly to Maine to go to the home of Dan Fogelberg's widow to look through the singer's possessions. Brown hopes that within the next few years, the Hall can do a modern-roots induction event with Hot Rize, Yonder Mountain String Band, Leftover Salmon and String Cheese Incident, as well as a jazz-themed induction with Glenn Miller, Paul Whiteman and Max Morath, and a folk induction group headed up by Judy Collins.
"We're just trying to build it in what I call baby steps," Brown concludes. "If we had a corporate sponsor to build a hall of fame proper, in its entirety, that would be one thing. In lieu of that, we are just doing induction events, and the takeaway is that we have beautiful exhibits honoring these people, and hopefully after we have a couple of years' worth of these things, we'll have enough collectively that's it's really something impressive."