Hugh Masekela, South African trumpeter, first recorded “Grazing in the Grass” as an instrumental in 1968. The song sold 4 million copies and was one of the few jazz instrumentals to reach number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100’s Chart. Later, Harry Elston, lead singer of the popular singing group, Friends of Distinction, penned the lyrics to a vocal version of the song which also enjoyed overwhelming success.
This version of “Grazing in the Grass”, as performed by the Friends of Distinction, was first recorded in 1969. Enjoy the Friends of Distinction as they perform. Hugh Masekela fans should note that he will be in concert at the Chicago Symphony Center on Oct. 22.