Sunday Mornin' (Spanky and Our Gang song)

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"Sunday Mornin'"
Single by Spanky and Our Gang
from the album Like to Get to Know You
B-side "Echoes"
Released 1967
Genre Pop Rock
Length 3:53
Label Mercury Records 72765
Writer(s) Margo Guryan
Spanky and Our Gang singles chronology
"Lazy Day"
(1967)
"Sunday Mornin'"
(1968)
"Like to Get to Know You"
(1968)
"Sunday Mornin'"
Single by Oliver
B-side "Letmekissyouwithadream"
Released 1969
Genre Pop Rock
Length 3:02
Label Crewe Records
Writer(s) Margo Guryan
Producer(s) Bob Crewe
Oliver singles chronology
"Jean"
(1969)
"Sunday Mornin'"
(1969)
"Angelica"
(1970)

"Sunday Mornin'" is a song written by Margo Guryan, made famous by Spanky and Our Gang and Oliver, and recorded by many others. Spanky and Our Gang's version became a hit single, reaching #30 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #39 on the easy listening chart in early 1968.[1] Oliver's 1969 version was also released as a single, which reached #35 and #14 on the same charts.[2]

In the Spanky and the Our Gang version, the song also appears on an album in a long unedited version, including the group warming up their harmonies in the beginning, as well as an extended ending, where the sounds of a tape machine rolling back, plus the sounds of the group's joking until the fade is completed, causing one of the members to state that they need to get a new producer, resulting in laughter. This version lasted over 6 minutes in length.

The song was also recorded by Guryan as "Sunday Morning" and it appeared on her critically acclaimed 1968 album Take a Picture, as well as on the B-side to her single "Spanky and Our Gang." Other contemporary recordings include those by Bobbie Gentry and Glen Campbell (on the album Bobbie Gentry and Glen Campbell, 1968), Baja Marimba Band (on the album Do You Know the Way to San Jose? 1968), Julie London (on Yummy, Yummy, Yummy, 1969), Richard "Groove" Holmes (on Welcome Home, 1969), and Sue Raney (on With A Little Help From My Friends, 1969).

"Sunday Mornin'" was listed as one of the "102 most performed songs in the BMI repertoire during 1968".[3]

In 1968, Marie Laforêt released "Et Si Je T'Aime", a French version of "Sunday Mornin'" with lyrics by Michel Jourdan. She also recorded "E se ti amo", a version with Italian lyrics by Daniele Pace. A Hebrew version, "'Bo Habayta" (Come Home), with lyrics by Avinoam Koren was released in 1969 by Israeli singer Shula Chen, on her album Yours, Shula Chen. Chen's version became synonymous with Tnuva cottage cheese after being used in a commercial for the product.[4]

Recordings[edit]

Chart positions[edit]

Spanky and Our Gang single
Chart (1968) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 30
U.S. Billboard Adult & Contemporary 39
Oliver single
Chart (1969) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 35
U.S. Billboard Adult & Contemporary 14

References[edit]

  1. ^ Spanky and Our Gang's Chart Singles Discography Retrieved March 14, 2012.
  2. ^ Oliver Chart Singles Discography Retrieved March 14, 2012.
  3. ^ Billboard, 7 Jun 1969 (full-page BMI ad, page 30)
  4. ^ Sand, Benjamin (July 2013). "Steal Yr Face: Margo Guryan". Bad Sounds Magazine. Retrieved 2014-04-06. 
  5. ^ Spanky and Our Gang, Like to Get to Know You Retrieved March 14, 2012.

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