Who is Climax?
Climax is a now-defunct American pop and classic rock band formed during the 70s music era. The achieved fame for their top ten Billboard pop hit “Precious and Few” in early 1972. The group recorded one LP, which made a minor success on the chart. Climax disbanded in the mid-1970s.
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Climax was formed in 1971 in Los Angeles, California. The lineup consisted of lead vocalist Sonn Geraci (born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1947), guitarist/songwriter Walter D. Nims, and drummer/songwriter Jon Jon Guttman. Some sources say that the group was rounded out by bassist Steve York, (ex-East of Eden member and Chapter Three from Manfred Mann), keyboardist Vigil Weber and drummer Robert Neilson. Climax came from the idea from executive producer Marc Gordon and producer Larry Cox.
There had been a lot of session musicians who took part of the band’s recording history, and they included Gordon McKinnon (woodwind); Joe Bellamy, Steve La Fever, Reinie Press and Joe Osborn (bass); drummer John Raines and Earl Palmer; and percussionist Alan Estes.
The primary band members came from a previous group The Outsiders, founded by the late singer-songwriter and musician Tom King. When the original Outsiders split and Geraci formed a new group and named it “The Outsiders featuring Sonny Geraci,” King sued the new band for using the Outsiders name. He eventually won the lawsuit, making him the sole owner of the Outsiders moniker. Geraci eventually re-named his own band as Climax; the band’s sound was decidedly more mellow than the Outsiders’.
Climax’s only hit with”Precious and Few”
Climax signed a contract with a small label Carousel where they recorded their first single “Precious and Few,” as well as the group’s self-titled only album.
“Precious and Few” is a ballad written by Nims. It eventually reached #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #6 on the Billboard adult contemporary singles chart. It was the group’s only major hit in their brief career. The follow-up singles “Life and Breath” (#52 pop, #15 adult contemporary) and “Walking in the Georgia Rain” (#38 adult contemporary) enjoyed only minor success, which eventually led the band to become one hit wonders.
Few of the reasons why Climax didn’t become successful as they should were the weak marketing and promotion, as well as the absence of a solid management.
The group broke up in 1975 or 1976. After Climax’s disbandment, Geraci continued to work in the music industry; in mid-2000’s he was back performing with the Outsiders featuring Sonny Geraci. In 2012 he suffered a brain aneurysm that required him to undergo an intensive care. A benefit concert held by his friends in the industry was held for him the following year. Steve York has continued to work as an in-demand session bass guitarist.
Climax’s only album
The group’s album Climax peaked at #177 on the Billboard 200 album chart in 1972. It consists of 12 tracks:
1. “Life and Breath”
2. “I’ve Got Everything”
4. “Picnic in the Rain”
5. “Face the Music”
6. “Precious and Few”
1. “It’s Coming Today”
2. “Rainbow Rides Are Free”
3. “If It Feels Good”
6. “Child of December”