The Sunshine Company

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The Sunshine Company
Origin Los Angeles, California, United States
Genres Sunshine pop[1]
Years active 1967 (1967)–1968 (1968)
Labels Imperial Records
Past members
  • Mary Nance
  • Maury Manseau
  • Douglas Mark
  • Larry Sims
  • Merel Bregante
  • Dave Hodgkins

The Sunshine Company was an American sunshine pop band from Los Angeles, California. Originally the duo of Mary Nance and Maury Manseau,[2] the group later added the rhythm section of bassist Larry Sims and drummer Merle Bregante and signed to Imperial Records, releasing their debut album in 1967.[3] 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.[3] Sims and Bregante later backed Loggins and Messina.[3]

History[edit]

The group was discovered by band manager of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Bill McEuen. McEuen proposed they record a single, titled Up, Up and Away, which would have been released had not the 5th Dimension released their own top ten version. Their first released single, "Happy", charted at number 50 nationally, while competing with another version by The Blades of Grass, and the band put The Sunshine Company to its name. Guitarist Douglas Mark joined to form a quintet as the band released their top 40 hit, "Back On the Street Again", but the band never again achieved such success.

By the fall of 1967, the band released their debut LP under Imperial Records, titled Happy Is The Sunshine Company. It included their two charting singles and charted at number 126 on the Billboard 200. In 1968, the group released their last top 100 charting single, "Look Here Comes The Sun", charting at number 56. A further two albums were released in the year but success eluded the band. There was a proposed fourth album Think but The Sunshine Company broke up before recordings were complete.

Bregante now lives in Liberty Hill, Texas, where he has his own recording studio.[4] Sims died in December 2014.[5]

Members[edit]

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

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • Happy Is the Sunshine Company (Imperial Records, 1967) U.S. #126[6]
  • The Sunshine Company (Imperial, 1968)
  • Sunshine & Shadows (Imperial, 1968)

Charting singles[edit]

  • "Happy" (15 July 1967) U.S. #50
  • "Back on the Street Again" (25 November 1967) U.S. #36[7]
  • "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. ^ Goldenburg, Joel (February 27, 2016). "Joel Goldenberg: Sunshine pop offered some respite from '60s strife". The Suburban. 
  2. ^ Roxon, Lillian (1972). Lillian Roxon's Rock Encyclopedia. Grosset & Dunlap. p. 475. ISBN 0-448-00255-8. 
  3. ^ a b c Ankeny, Jason. "The Sunshine Company Biography". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 7 May 2016. 
  4. ^ Bolaños, Christine (30 April 2015). "Studio owner making hits in Liberty Hill". The Liberty Hill Independent. 
  5. ^ Johnson, Kevin (18 December 2014). "In Memoriam: Larry Sims". No Treble. 
  6. ^ "Top LP's". Billboard. 79 (49): 60. 9 December 1967. ISSN 0006-2510. 
  7. ^ "The Sunshine Company Chart History". Billboard. 25 November 1967. ISSN 0006-2510. 

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