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The Chambers Brothers are a music group best known for their 1968 hit record “Time Has Come Today”.

The group was formed in 1954 in by four brothers from , Lester, George, Willie and Joe Chambers. They toured extensively throughout southern California but did not achieve nationwide success until 1965 when, with the addition of drummer Brian Keenan, they appeared at the Newport Folk Festival. Shortly after this they recorded their debut album People Get Ready. The band scored their first major hit in 1968 with “Time Has Come Today”, from their similarly named third album The Time Has Come. However they found it difficult to build on this success and their manager had alienated both record company representatives and producers. He also misappropriated the groups’ earnings . They eventually split up in 1971. They reformed without Brian Keenan in 1974 to record Unbonded and have toured regularly since.

Brian Keenan’s percussion work on “Time Has Come Today” makes this song a classic in combination with Lester Chambers’ lyrics. In the San Francisco Summer of Love in 1967, “Time Has Come Today” stood on its own merits and a refreshing respite from the otherwise drug adoring culture.

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  • helonanabila

    time has come today was perfect!

    22 Jun 9:41am Reply
  • Gazoline

    http://www.dailydot.com/society/lester-chambers-alexis-ohanian-kickstarter/

    12 Dec 2012 Reply
  • tronlab

    From anonnews.org/related-sites/item/255/ I am the former lead singer of a 60’s band THE CHAMBERS BROTHERS. I performed before thousands at Atlanta Pop2, Miami Pop, Newport Pop, Atlantic pop. I didn’t squander my money on drugs or a million dollar home. I went from 1967-1994 before I saw my first royalty check from a music giant I recorded 7 albums with. I have NEVER seen a penny in royalties from the other 10 albums I recorded. Our hit song was licensed to over 100 films, tv, & commercials WITHOUT our permission. One of the major tv network used our song for a national commercial and my payment was only $625. I am now 72 and am trying to live on $1200 a month. SWEET RELIEF, a music charity is taking donations for me. Only the 1% rich artists can afford to sue. I AM ONE OF THE 99%

    7 Apr 2012 Reply
  • futurolvidado

    Time!!

    3 Jan 2012 Reply
  • FerociousPanda

    If you can't find any music by these guys, go to this blogspot account: record-fiend.blogspot.com. This guy has reviewed/uploaded several recordings by the chambers brothers, and they're all great.

    17 Sep 2011 Reply
  • ednaha

    The "Similar Artists" list for The Chamber Brothers is truly inspired (insipid?). When I think funk-rock-psych, I think "The Cowsills" and "Merrilee Rush," don't you?

    13 Oct 2010 Reply
  • mynameisjoehann

    time has come TODAY!

    17 Sep 2010 Reply
  • Marxism1

    <3

    21 Jun 2010 Reply
  • RocknrollHendo

    would like to thank the ramones for introducing me to this group

    17 Jun 2010 Reply
  • Yastrzemski

    Incredibly underrated

    4 Jun 2010 Reply
  • Marxism1

    Crookyln

    2 Jan 2010 Reply
  • Yamber

    <3

    21 Dec 2009 Reply
  • samktg

    Always loved these guys, so underrated.

    4 Nov 2009 Reply
  • mynameisjoehann

    good band

    4 Oct 2009 Reply
  • NotSoVelvet

    Sweet tunes

    2 Aug 2009 Reply
  • Ton87

    Incredibly good group!

    28 Jul 2009 Reply
  • jerdacuttupman

    I realize that ximono wrote his question two years ago, but still. Dylan played Time Has Come Today on his radio show. That's how I found this great band.

    9 May 2008 Reply
  • Agedone

    ...other side, though the song ends with a last wailing scream. One of my favorite songs from the late 60s. I really like their cover of Otis Redding's Can't Turn You Loose, too. An underrated group, IMHO.

    25 Feb 2008 Reply
  • Agedone

    I really like that (shitty) song, too, and I always have. An insistent, driving, punishing rhythm, and the song was long enough to totally get into. The singing and lyrics were raw, and when coupled about halfway through the tune with repeated screaming (and answering demonic laughter), it was as though you were on a trip through a not-so-funny wonderland, and were glad to come out the other sid

    25 Feb 2008 Reply
  • PoisonFrog

    Actually I really really like THAT (shitty) song. :)

    27 Jan 2008 Reply
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