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Trump Supporter Chuck Woolery Had a Hit with 'Naturally Stoned' in 1968

Chuck Woolery ignited a firestorm when he tweeted: "The most outrageous lies are the ones about Covid 19. Everyone is lying. The CDC, Media, Democrats, our Doctors..."

Before he hosted Love Connection and other TV game shows, Chuck Woolery was a singer who had a Top 40 hit in 1968.

Woolery is in the news because of this tweet: "The most outrageous lies are the ones about Covid 19. Everyone is lying. The CDC, Media, Democrats, our Doctors, not all but most, that we are told to trust. I think it's all about the election and keeping the economy from coming back, which is about the election. I'm sick of it."

President Trump retweeted it, which surely made Woolery, a hardcore Trump supporter, glad. His Twitter feed is full of conservative tropes; he particularly has it out for maverick Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Woolery followed with this tweet: "Well I guess I really stirred the pot yesterday. Why? I don't believe Fauci, the CDC and most of the so called experts on Covid 19 including the Media. What do you think?"

Then, several hours later, he had a change of heart, tweeting: "To further clarify and add perspective, Covid-19 is real and it is here. My son tested positive for the virus, and I feel for of those suffering and especially for those who have lost loved ones."

 

That’s Chuck Woolery at the bottom left in the single jacket cover for "Naturally Stoned" with his musical partner in the Avant-Garde, Bubba Fowler.

Chuck Woolery's Music Career

Woolery played in the Avant-Garde, a '60s pop-rock group that only recorded three singles, all on Columbia Records. His partner in the band was Elkin "Bubba" Fowler. 

A Navy man, Woolery hails from Kentucky. He and Fowler formed the band in 1968.

First came "Yellow Beads," a pretty weak impersonation of Simon & Garfunkel.

But their second single, "Naturally Stoned," written by Woolery, was a winner, hitting No. 40 on the charts in 1968. Clocking in a just 2:11, it has a driving pace led by an acoustic guitar and switches to sunny harmonies on the chorus:

I can feel a good vibration
When I put my mind on you alone
I can get a real sensation
Feel like I'm naturally stoned
Naturally stoned

Their final single, "Fly With Me," was also written by Woolery and released in 1968. A bigger production than the previous two songs with horns and strings, it's a compelling tune with solid vocals.

The Avant-Garde disbanded before ever recording an album. They're a true one-hit wonder.

In 1975, Woolery became the host for Wheel of Fortune, opening a new door for his career. But he still had music in him. In 1977, he deepened his voice for the country song, "Painted Lady."

In 1983, Woolery was tapped for Love Connection, TV's dating game of the '80s. 

He revived Naturally Stoned as a reality TV show for six ill-fated episodes in 2003. In this promotional clip, Woolery raps as "The Big C."

 

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Steve Bloom

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