OK, back to the 70's: This Beatles-influenced Irish singer singer/songwriter/pianist's given name was Raymond Edward; his stage name was adapted to resemble that of a popular 19th century operettist duo. His only U.S. #1 hit was a 1972 poignant and introspective quasi-autobiographic account of contemplating suicide after being left at the altar as well as the death of his parents. It topped the charts for 6 weeks, received 3 Grammy nominations and Casey Kasem ranked it as the 5th most popular song of the 70's. The memorable nylon-string guitar solo comes from English session musician Big Jim Sullivan. Artist? Song?
Comment: This beautiful pop ballad first hit the U.S. market in Philly and was still hot when I arrived there during the summer of '73.