The Sunshine Company

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The Sunshine Company was an American pop group from Los Angeles, California. Originally the duo of Mary Nance and Maury Manseau,[1] the group signed to Imperial Records and released their debut album in 1967. They scored three hit singles on the U.S. singles chart over the next two years before disbanding after their third album, 1968's self-titled effort.[2] Bassist Sims and drummer Brigante later backed Loggins and Messina. They were the first group to record "Up, Up and Away", the Jimmy Webb song made famous by the 5th Dimension.[citation needed]

Members[edit]

  • Mary Nance - vocals
  • Maury Manseau - vocals, guitar
  • Douglas Mark - violin, guitar
  • Larry Sims - bass guitar
  • Merle Bregante - drums (usually referred to as Merel Brigante)
  • Dave Hodgkins - acoustic guitar (1968)

Album discography[edit]

  • Happy Is the Sunshine Company (Imperial Records, 1967) U.S. #126[3]
  • The Sunshine Company (Imperial, 1968)
  • Sunshine & Shadows (Imperial, 1968)

Charting singles[edit]

  • "Happy" (15 July 1967) U.S. #50
  • "Back on the Street Again" (21 October 1967) U.S. #36[4]
  • "Look, Here Comes the Sun" (10 February 1968) U.S. #56
  • "Let's Get Together" (18 May 1968) U.S. #112
  • "On A Beautiful Day" (27 July 1968) U.S. #106
  • "Willie Jean" (19 October 1968) U.S. #111

References[edit]

  1. ^ Roxon, Lillian: Lillian Roxon's Rock Encyclopedia (Grosset and Dunlop, Universal Library Edition, 1972) p475 ISBN 0-448-00255-8
  2. ^ Sunshine Company at Allmusic.com
  3. ^ Billboard, Allmusic.com
  4. ^ Billboard Singles, Allmusic.com, passim.