Baltimore's Peppermint Rainbow
had a Top 40 hit in 1969 with their harmony-laden soft rocker "Will You Be Staying After Sunday" -- a nod (both thematically and musically) to the Spanky & Our Gang
hits "Sunday Morning" and "Sunday Will Never Be the Same." Like Spanky & Our Gang
, the Peppermint Rainbow
excelled at soaring vocal harmony work, with Bonnie Lamdin
) helming most of the leads and the rest of the group providing the backing. A real working road band, the Peppermint Rainbow
slugged it out in the clubs of Baltimore and Georgetown (under the name the New York Times) in 1967-1968, and got their first break when they caught the attention of Cass Elliot
, duly impressed and probably flattered, joined the group on-stage during a Mamas & the Papas
medley and quickly hooked the group up with her contacts at Decca Records).
"Green Tambourine" and "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye" writer/producer Paul Leka took the band under his wing and released its first single, "Walking in Different Circles" b/w "Pink Lemonade," under the group's new moniker the Peppermint Rainbow
. The record failed to chart but their next single, the Al Kasha
-penned "Will You Be Staying After Sunday," was a hit. Overnight, the bandmembers went from sharing bologna sandwiches to playing alongside acts like the 5th Dimension
and Sly & the Family Stone
, as well as appearing on numerous television shows. Subsequent singles charted admirably, but their only LP release (titled Will You Be Staying After Sunday
) never cracked the Billboard Top 100. By 1970, the group had dissolved -- a combination of disenchantment with the industry and personal commitments -- leaving three fine singles and one great long-player as testimony to "flash in the pan" fame.