Sun (R&B band)
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SUN Band 1981
|Origin||Dayton, Ohio, United States|
|Genres||Soul, R&B, funk, disco, jazz fusion, rock|
|Labels||Capitol Records / Air City Records / Century Vista / Blip Blop Records|
|Associated acts||The Majestics / The Overnight Low /The Ohio Players / Dayton|
Krishna Black Eagle
Sun is an R&B, soul, disco, and funk band that was formed in the mid-1970s and recorded prolifically for Capitol Records from 1976 to 1984. The band was founded by Byron Byrd in Dayton, Ohio, in 1976. Additional members included Kym Yancey, Chris Jones, Gary King, John Wagner, Hollis Melson, and Shawn Sandridge.
After being signed to Capitol by Larkin Arnold, Sun was faced with an immediate problem: an incomplete band. The black hole was in the rhythm section, so Byron Byrd recruited Roger Troutman and Lester Troutman (now with Zapp) and paid them to do some studio sessions so he could get the album finished. Lester laid drum tracks with Roger on bass, then Roger overdubbed guitar for four songs on the album, including "Live On, Dream On." It was on "Wanna Make Love (Come Flick My BIC)" that Troutman (Roger) contributed his signature Talk Box embellishments.
With the release of their second album, Sun Power (pressed on orange vinyl in 1977), Sun sprang into a ten-piece configuration of multi-instrumentalists and vocalists that consisted of Byron Byrd, John Hampton Wagner, Christopher D. Jones, Hollis Melson, Dean Hummons, Kym Yancey, Shawn Sandridge, Bruce Hastell, Gary King and Ernie Knisley. The album also contained “Conscience,” the song "Time Is Passing” (used and sampled many Rap Artists including Dr. Dre) plus the instrumental “We’re So Hot,” which has been used in sports telecasts.
Sun had people from NASA do the cover animation for their fifth album, Sun Over The Universe (1980)
Original group members
- Byron M. Byrd (tenor saxophone, keyboards, vocals)
- Kym Yancey (drums)
- John Wagner (trumpet, vocals)
- Chris Jones (trumpet, vocals)
- Hollis Melson (bass, vocals)
- Shawn Sandridge (guitar)
- Note: Roger Troutman played guitar and talk box on 1st SUN LP Live On, Dream On (1976)
- Note: Lester Troutman played Ddrums on 1st SUN LP Live On, Dream On (1976)
- Wanna Make Love (1976)
- Sun Power (1977)
- Sunburn (1978)
- Destination Sun (1979)
- Sun Over the Universe (1980)
- Force of Nature (1981)
- Let There Be Sun (1982)
- Eclipse (1984)
SUN's songs have been covered and sampled by numerous artists, including:
- MC Eiht 'Streiht Up Menace' ('Menace to Society' Title Movie Soundtrack) covered My Woman
- UGK 'Protect and Serve' used 'My Woman',
- O.C. 'Stronjay' used 'My Woman',
- STS 'The Interview' used 'My Woman',
- WC and the Maad Circle 'A Soldiers Story' used 'My Woman',
- Dr. Dre feat. Charis Henry and Mel-Man 'The Car Bomb' used 'Time is Passing',
- Pete Rock 'Just a Word or Two' used 'Time is Passing',
- Hard Knocks 'Ghetto Love' used 'Time is Passing',
- DJ JS-One and Dub L feat. Pryme and Common 'While I'm Dancing' used 'Time is Passing',
- Jet Life 'Lop-Sided' used 'Time is Passing',
- NEXT ’That’s my Word’ used Time is Passing’
- DJ Quik 'Get At Me' used 'Conscience',
- Poison Clan 'Shine Me Up' used 'Sun Is Here',
- Sylk-E. Fyne feat. The Chill 'Romeo and Juliet' used 'Sun Is Here',
- O.S.T.R. 'Przemysi to Sobie' used 'Stay By My Side',
- Alliance Ethnik 'Respect' used 'On My Radio',
- Large Professor 'Love wit U' used 'Give Your Love To Me',
United Negro College Fund "Cavalcade of Stars" Telethon, James Brown's Future Shock (TV series), Soul Train – SUN 'The Show Is Over', Soul Train - SUN, 'Wanna Make Love (Come Flick My Bic)', Soul Train - SUN, 'Sun Is Here', Soul Train - SUN, 'Pure Fire', WHIO-TV, ABC Celebrity Superstars.
- Galloway, Scott. "SUN, THE GREATEST HITS CD".
- Byron Byrd (1976). "Wanna Make Love (Come Flick My Bic)". http://www.discogs.com/Sun-Wanna-Make-Love/master/88448.CS1 maint: location (link)
- "Live On, Dream On". https://avxhome.se/music/rnb/funk/Funkadelic_165.html. 1976.CS1 maint: location (link)
- "The Car Bomb". Allmusic.
- "Sun Over The Universe". http://www.allmusic.com/album/force-of-nature-mw0000855551: Capitol Records. 1980.CS1 maint: location (link)
- Eiht, MC (1993). "Menace II Society". New Line Cinema.
- UGK. "Protect and Serve". www.whosampled.com.
- O.C. "Stronjay". www.whosampled.com.
- STS. "The Interview". www.whosampled.com.
- "A Soldiers Story". www.whosampled.com. 1991.
- "Just a Word or Two". www.whosampled.com.
- "Ghetto Love". www.whosampled.com.
- "While I'm Dancing". www.whosampled.com.
- "Lop-Sided". www.whosampled.com.
- "Get At Me". www.whosampled.com.
- "Shine Me Up". www.whosampled.com.
- "Romeo and Juliet (LA Groove)". www.whosampled.com.
- "Przemysi to Sobie". www.whosampled.com.
- "Respect". www.whosampled.com.
- "Love wit U". www.whosampled.com.
- Bookman, Ron (1978). "Hollywood, CA. United Negro College Fund "Cavalcade of Stars" TV Telethon".
- Brown, James (1978). "Future Shock Television Series". Turner Broadcasting.
- "Soul Train". www.imdb.com.