‘In A Thousand Ages . . .’

Poking around in the Billboard charts from March 23 over the years, I came across a listing in 1968 for a record by a group called the Orphans. The record, “Can’t Find The Time,” was sitting at No. 118 in the Bubbling Under portion of the chart, up from No. 122 the week before. Interesting, I thought. The song title rang faint bells, but I didn’t think it was by the Orphans.

At YouTube, I learned why I didn’t recall the Orphans. It’s because they weren’t the Orphans. The group’s name was Orpheus, and whoever transcribed my copies of the weekly Billboard charts in my files got it wrong for the entire seven weeks the record was Bubbling Under, peaking at No. 111.

The record was re-released a year later and went to No. 80. As I listened, I thought that it would have been a better story if the band had actually started out as the Orphans and then, as 1967 and 1968 came along, decided to go with something a little more hip and trippy (as Minnesota’s Underbeats did in the late 1960s when they became Gypsy). But no, the group was Orpheus from the start.

The band released a few albums during the late 1960s, and a revamped version of the band released one LP in 1971. The only other success on the singles chart came in 1969, when “Brown Arms in Houston” went to No. 91.

There have been a few covers of “Can’t Find The Time” over the years. Among them were a version by Rose Colored Glass that went to No. 54 in 1971 (which was the version I recalled, though its arrangement wasn’t all that different from the original), and a cover by Hootie & The Blowfish that was used in 2000 in the Jim Carey movie Me, Myself & Irene. Here’s the Hootie version, which doesn’t stray a lot from the original, either.

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2 Responses to “‘In A Thousand Ages . . .’”

  1. Yah Shure says:

    I remember being more than a little surprised to discover years later that the Rose Colored Glass record never even crack the top 50, since it received saturation airplay at the time on KDWB, KRSI and WDGY. The long-retired WeeGee on-air promo 45 still proudly wears it multiple stickers and “X” label markings like combat medals, awarded after courageously withstanding the relentless stylus assaults and back-cuing battles of the hard-fought top-40 wars.

  2. porky says:

    I believe Orpheus was part of the Boss-Town sound, an MGM records gimmick to show that Boston was a hip place. The Ultimate Spinach is the only other Boss-town group that comes to mind, although Chameleon Church (with Chevy Chase-seriously) may have also been one.

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