Bob talks with G. Brown about moving to Colorado at age 10, being forced to play guitar right-handed and starting his first band (0:58), launching the Moonrakers and becoming local celebrities, reaching No. #1 on Denver’s Top 40 radio giant KIMN (7:30), going psychedelic with Beggar’s Opera Company (12:48), reforming the Moonrakers with Jerry Corbetta on drums (14:22), launching the local “supergroup” Chocolate Hair with Corbetta switching to keyboards (16:00), the creation of the classic hit “Green Eyed Lady” (21:16), changing the band name to Sugarloaf (26:10), touring with a who’s who of rock royalty (27:35), industry attitudes that inspired Sugarloaf’s second Top 10 hit, “Don’t Call Us, We’ll Call You” (31.23), the pain of Sugarloaf’s break-up (32.55) and his life after rock ’n’ roll (35:15).
Bob Webber played lead guitar in the Moonrakers, Denver’s most popular group during the mid-Sixties, releasing four singles on the Tower label. In 1968, he formed the band Chocolate Hair with singer and keyboardist Jerry Corbetta, along with drummer Myron Pollock and bassist Bob Raymond. The band, having signed to Liberty Records, changed its name to Sugarloaf, and the single “Green Eyed Lady” shot up to #3 on the Billboard Hot 100, while the eponymous 1970 debut album reached #24 on the Billboard 200 album chart. The national exposure put them on the road for extended touring. Sugarloaf released “Don’t Call Us, We’ll Call You” (#9 in 1975) before breaking up. Webber went on to become an aerospace engineer. In 2015, he launched a recording studio in the Denver foothills, Sugarloaf Canyon Productions.