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It's the summer of 1969, and the whole world is joyfully singing, "Grazing in the grass is a gas, baby, can you dig it!" The Friends of Distinction's debut single was a made-for-radio pop masterpiece that captured the ebullience of that last summer of the '60s in its three minutes of harmonic exuberance. While the group never quite reached those heights again, the Friends did produce a small body of work in their brief lifetime that has held up well. The foursome's two other major hit singles, "Love or Let Me Be Lonely" and "Going in Circles" have joined "Grazing in the Grass" in the permanent rotations of most "fun and oldies" formats. Other highlights of this 20-song compilation include "Grazing"'s flipside, "I Really Hope You Do," the group's reading of the Four Tops' hit "Ain't No Woman (Like the One I've Got)," David Gates' "It Don't Matter to Me," and the beautifully baritoned "Love Can Make It Easier."

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I agree that this was one of the greatest groups to come out of the 60s ! I could listen to ' Love or Let Me Be Lonely ' on an endless loop, and the other hits on this GREAT ALBUM are not too far behind that . . . LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT ! ! ! !

Bobby Bee on The Friends of Distinction

One of the unsung groups of the Seventies!

Friends of Distinction, A "Distinct" group of Musicians

All of the songs on this album are wonderful! However! The song that really shows their talent and endless musical abilities is the song Great Day.


Formed: 1968 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '60s, '70s

Known most for their pop smash "Grazing in the Grass," the Friends of Distinction were founded by Harry Elston and Floyd Butler and included Jessica Cleaves and Barbara Jean Love, as well as later member Charlene Gibson, who replaced Love during her pregnancy. Elston and Butler's involvement in music entailed several groups, including the Hi-Fi's. When that group disbanded in 1966, Elston and Butler recruited Cleaves and Love for their next endeavor. Initially, Elston came up with Distinctive Friends...
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