Sagittarius Biography

Formed in Los Angeles, California, USA in 1967, Sagittarius was a studio group created by singer-songwriter Curt Boettcher and Byrds’ producer Gary Usher. Its close-knit harmony sound and lush orchestration was similar to that of the Millennium, a concurrent project whose members provided the instrumental backing on Present Tense. Bruce Johnston and Terry Melcher added their vocals to a set best recalled for ‘My World Fell Down’, a gorgeous pop song reminiscent of the Beach Boys, written by the British team of John Carter (John Shakespeare, 20 October 1942, Birmingham, England) and Ken Lewis (b. James Hawker, 3 December 1942, Birmingham, England), for their own group, the Ivy League. The Sagittarius version drew considerable acclaim, but failed to chart when issued as a single. The Blue Marble, issued on the Usher/Boettcher outlet Together, continued in the vein of its predecessor, but when it too failed to reap due commercial rewards, the concept was discontinued. Poptones have reissued their small but interesting catalogue.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.