John Stonestreet and Roberto Rivera: Remembering Seals and Crofts’ Unapologetic Plea for Life

Seals & Crofts’ Unborn Child LP 1

This month marks the 46th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, which made abortion-on-demand the law of the land. It also marks the 45th anniversary of what is arguably the most courageous act in pop culture history.

In the early 1970s, the Texas-born duo of Jim Seals and Dash Crofts was at the peak of their popularity. After spending a few years in a band with Glen Campbell, among others, they began to perform under the name “Seals and Croft.”

It took a few years, but eventually they hit it big. Their 1972 album “Summer Breeze” reached number 7 on the Billboard album charts. The 1973 follow-up, “Diamond Girl,” did even better, peaking at number 4.  The record company was happy and so were fans. Both were looking forward to what was next from Seals and Croft.

While preparing to record their next album, the wife of one of their recording engineers handed Seals a poem she’d written after watching a documentary on c. It opened with the lines “Oh little baby, you’ll never cry, nor will you hear a sweet lullaby.”

Seals set the poem to music and the result was the song “Unborn Child,” which also became the name of their new album.

The song opens gently, but unsparingly depicts the reality of abortion. The unborn child is “a tiny bud that grows in the womb only to be crushed before it can bloom” with an emphasis on the word “crushed.”

To put it mildly, this is not what their label, Warner Records, had in mind. After all, this was less than a year since Roe had been handed down, and abortion was, if nothing else, controversial. Add in the duo’s unapologetic and urgent plea for women contemplating abortion to “stop, think it over…” and it’s no surprise their record label had some concerns.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, John Stonestreet and Roberto Rivera