US singer Verdelle Smith's 'Tar and Cement' reached #38 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. It did not chart in the UK but made it to #1 in Australia. It was her only hit.
This is an English-language version of the Italian song 'Il ragazzo della via Gluck' (The Boy From Gluck Street), released in February 1966 by Adriano Celentano. The French version of the song was also a big hit in France for Eddy Marnay during that year, and was more famously covered there by Françoise Hardy.