I Live for the Sun
|"I Live for the Sun"|
|Single by The Sunrays|
|from the album Andrea|
"I Live for the Sun" is a 1965 single written by Rick Henn and performed by American pop band The Sunrays. It reached #51 on the Billboard Hot 100, #20 on the Australian Singles Chart and was also a Top 20 hit in the UK. It was included on their 1966 studio album, Andrea, under Tower Records. The song gained popularity through the television appearances the group made on a teenage soap opera of the mid-'60s titled Never Too Young. The song's success was arguably as a result of positive public response to the group's alternative musical fare and fresh new sound.
Origin and recording
Band member Eddy Medora on the origin of the song: "I had a chorus that went, 'Run Run Run' and Ricky Henn called me up to come over and finish it. I didn't come over." Ricky Henn went on to write "I Live For The Sun" but only used the three chords of the chorus of Run Run Run and wrote a different melody over those chords, created a new title and concept, new lyrics for the entire song, composed original verses and bridge. The track has an approximate duration of two minutes and twenty five seconds.
Steve O'Reilly played lead guitar & sang (loved blues) with our band, at the time called Larry Tremaine & The Renegades prior to The Sunrays. Larry left the band in 1963 and Steve left the band when "I Live for the Sun" began to break saying "I don't wanna be in the group anymore, I think I can make it on my own."
|Australian Singles Chart||20|
|UK Singles Chart||20|
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||51|
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