Big Bay Success!
The We Five formed in 1964 in San Francisco, California with Michael Stewart brother of Kingston Trio member John Stewart, Beverly Bivens, Jerry Burgan, Pete Fullerton and Bob Jones. Bivens delivered one of my all-time favorite lead vocals on this LP’s title track – never can play it too many times. She went on to be part of “The Light Show Dimension” – She sang background vocals on the Kingston Trio’s “Desert Pete”. The group was first called “The Ridgerunners” and then “The Mike Stewart Quintet” before becoming the “We Five”. Bivens and Michael would cut one 45 as the duo “Beverly and Mike” in 1964.
The original “You Were On My Mind” was performed by Sylvia Tyson writing as “Sylvia Fricker” who released several singles but not her signature tune. The song was also covered by England’s Crispian St. Peters – an entirely different treatment. We Five’s version would go to number 3 on Billboard while St. Peters would manage would manage a number 36 a few years later during the “British Invasion”.
We Five’s only other Hot 100 entry was “Let’s Get Together” number 31 in 1965 as well. This was their version of the “Youngbloods” hit which was titled “”Get Together” in July of 1967.
The We Five’s first LP (below) charted number 32 on Billboard’s Hot 200. Their follow up “Make Someone Happy” charted a full three years later squeaking out a number 183 rating long after Bivens had departed to be replaced by Debbie Burgan.
Michael Stewart was also in “The Crystal Set”, “The Justice League and a group called “West” in the late 1960’s. Bob Jones went on to be with “Fred McDowell and His Blue Boys” in 1968 and then “Southern Comfort” in 1970. Pete Fullerton was with “The Tricycle” as was Burgan.