Mercy (band)

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Mercy is an American pop group from Florida. Mercy released a hit single "Love (Can Make You Happy)," which soared to #2 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, and also peaked at #2 on the Adult Contemporary chart.[1] "Love (Can Make You Happy)" was written by Jack Sigler, Jr., and this single, which was released in April 1969, reached over one million sales on July 15, and was awarded a gold record by the R.I.A.A., but was not given the actual award until October 2009.[2]

"Love (Can Make You Happy)" was originally recorded on the small Tampa, Florida based Sundi record label, at which time it was also featured in the movie, Fireball Jungle. The B-side of the Sundi single was entitled "Fire Ball". The Mercy opened for Janis Joplin at the Convention Hall.

During the single's fast fame, an album was also released (album cover showing three girls) by a group calling themselves "The Mercy" that included the Sundi recording and several other songs that were not recorded by any of the original Mercy members. Litigation quickly ensued and this album was banned from distribution.[citation needed]

The song was again (re-recorded) on the Warner Brothers label (with the addition of new band members). The Warner Brothers album entitled Love Can Make You Happy peaked at #38 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart.[3] Mercy had one other Billboard Hot 100 hit, the song "Forever", which reached #79 in June 1969.[4]

Sigler earned BMI's award recognizing over two million airplays.[citation needed]

The band is still touring, with Sigler (the original lead vocalist and founder of the group). Mercy released their latest EP on iTunes in 2009.

Members[edit]

Current Touring Members
  • Jack Sigler, Jr.
  • Suzanne Sigler
  • Kevin Dennis
Touring Members - Warner Bros. Recording
  • Jack Sigler, Jr.
  • Ronnie Caudill
  • Buddy Good
  • Debbie Lewis
  • Brenda McNish
  • James Marvell
  • Roger Fuentes
Original Members - Sundi Recording
  • Jack Sigler, Jr.
  • Ann Sigler
  • John Hudson
  • Roy Shultz
  • Brenda McNish
  • Debbie Lewis
  • Ronnie Caudill
  • Lou Facenda
  • Deni Hawley

References[edit]

  1. ^ Billboard Singles, Allmusic.com
  2. ^ Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. p. 264. ISBN 0-214-20512-6. 
  3. ^ Billboard, Allmusic.com
  4. ^ Joel Whitburn, Top Pop Singles, 12th edn, 2009.