In 1965, a British band called Unit 4 + 2, scored a top 40 hit with the song “Concrete and Clay”. The song was #1 in England, but unfortunately in the USA there was a cover version by Eddie Rambeau released at the same time, so the song peaked at #28, while the very similar Rambeau version reached #35. People buying the record were unsure which version they were getting, but if you combine the sales of the two the song would have been in the top ten. It’s a catchy tune, with a latin influence and was covered by many artists including Randy Edelman, Cliff Richard and Gary Lewis and the Playboys. Fortunately for Unit 4 +2’s lead singer Tommy Moeller, as the song’s co-writer he collected royalties on both versions. Today the song is another forgotten oldie.
Photo of record by Decca Records.