Chad Stuart of '60s Duo Chad & Jeremy Dies at 79
The English singer-songwriter passed away from complications with pneumonia
Published Dec 23, 2020Chad Stuart — an English singer-songwriter known best as one half of 1960's folk-pop duo Chad & Jeremy — has died. A post on the duo's Facebook page confirmed Stuart passed December 20 at his home in Hailey, Idaho, from complications with pneumonia. He was 79.
"We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of Chad Stuart, a father, a husband, a brother, a grandfather, a friend, a mentor, a teacher and an inspiration to many," the post reads, noting that Stuart contracted pneumonia in the fall after being admitted to the hospital for non-COVID-related reasons. "The world has lost a legend today, but his voice will continue to touch our lives through his music."
Born David Stuart Chadwick in 1941, Stuart met future bandmate Jeremy Clyde while attending London's Central School of Speech and Drama. The pair came together as Chad & Jeremy in the early '60s, and found chart success with a string of singles soon after.
The best known of the bunch remain "Yesterday's Gone," a Stuart co-write that remained on the UK Top 50 chart for seven weeks and peaked at No. 3. Across the pond in the U.S., the single would rise to No. 21 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
As part of the British Invasion, Chad & Jeremy would find U.S. success with singles including "Willow Weep for Me," "Before and After," and "A Summer Song." The pair's working relationship would fall apart by the end of 1968, which they would later attribute to burnout.
Following the split, Clyde began an acting career while Stuart continued to work in the music industry. The two would reunite in the 1980s, and continued to tour semi-regularly in the years to come. The pair celebrated a half-century of music-making with 2010 collection Fifty Years On...