Those of us from the ’70s should remember the late Topper Carew, the dynamic producer of “Say Brother,” among other accomplishments.
Around 1977, I wrote a song inspired by him called “Topper’s Bar.” (I told him of the song, but he never heard it.) Finally, about 5 years ago, I recorded “Topper’s Bar” as part of my CD called “Homeland.” I did not know, at the time of the recording, that Topper had died, so some of the lyrics are more poignant than I intended. I learned of his death before the CD came out, and I released the song to honor his memory.
Most of the instruments (except the brass) are played by two members of the Goo Goo Dolls – Mike Malinin (percussion) and Korel Tunador (keyboards, guitars). Listen very carefully near the end and you can hear a deep voice say “Say Brother.”
I would love to recoup some of the considerable cost of production, so please consider buying the song or, even better, the entire album of 12 songs. You can listen for free to a sample online at Amazon or iTunes or CD Baby or Spotify, etc., and you can buy the song or the CD at most of those same locations… or for $12 I’ll mail you a copy. Just search for either “Topper’s Bar” or for “Homeland Jeff Hutchins.” I would love your feedback on this effort to honor one of the best among us. Thanks!