Sunshine (Jonathan Edwards song)
|Single by Jonathan Edwards|
|from the album Jonathan Edwards|
|Genre||Country folk, Pop|
"Sunshine" was not originally planned for release, but when an engineer accidentally erased the master of a track called "Please Find Me" near the end of sessions for the album, "Sunshine" was used to fill the hole.
"Sunshine" was released as a single and caught fire firston Boston radio, then nationwide, hitting #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart on January 15, 1972 and earning a gold record. Here's Edwards' take on its success: "It was just at the time of the Vietnam War and Nixon. It was looking bad out there. That song meant a lot to a lot of people during that time--especially me."
In 1980, Juice Newton scored a Top-40 hit on the Billboard Country chart with her version of "Sunshine".
In July 2007, the original Jonathan Edwards recording joined the list of 1960s protest songs used to sell high-end consumer products when it was used as the only audio in a Jeep television spot, part of the Heritage campaign developed by the Cutwater agency. Cutwater was, however, unable to explain how a song released in 1971 was a 60's protest song.