Saturday, June 15, 2013

"Stormy" by the Classics IV, was it inspired by "Sunny" ?

We're in Bickfords in Woburn on the computer and "Stormy" by the Classics IV came on about 30 minutes ago, about 10:30 PM.

"Bring back those Sunny days" sings the late Dennis Yost.   Listen to the bassline and the feel of the song - it definitely sounds like "Sunny" was the main inspiration.

STORMY - Classics IV

Stormy   with lyrics - Classics IV


"Sunny" by the Classics IV with a Stormy feel

Atlanta Rhythm Section sound of the Classics IV

CLASSICS IV disc Mamas & The Papas/Soul Train

Stormy," which means there were some sparks of creativity. "Stormy" is even more influenced by Bobby Hebb's 1966 classic "Sunny," than its predecessor, "Spooky," not only with the opening line of "You were the sunshine, baby" and the heavy bassline which surrounds the production, but the keys or vibes directly lifted from Hebb's work. That "Stormy" is itself a fascinating fusion of pop and soul, with its saxophone and descending guitar lines it's more than just charming, it is a tremendous creation which sets a mood whenever it comes on the radio.

Review by Joe Viglione

Wayne Carson Thompson's "The Letter" which Al Stoffel's stiff liner notes call "hard rock" (it isn't), a laid-back Zombies-esque take on the Hollies/Herman's Hermits' classic "Bus Stop" without Colin Blunstone's genius, and the original tunes which show some songwriting skill, but are hardly memorable. The Strawberry Alarm Clock-inspired "Book a Trip" emerges as the best of the original bunch, but pales next to "Spooky." Only four members of the quintet are shown in the back cover photo, and like Bobby Hebb's Sunny album, there's a woman on the front cover, not the artist. "...A raving James Brown and a mellow Johnny Mathis" is how Al Stoffel describes "a group sound that concentrates on the vocals more than instruments and centers on a lead singer who sounds like a different guy on every song." That's because unless Dennis Yost, who is not even credited on the album jacket or in the liners, is a true chameleon, it is a variety of singers. "You Are My Sunshine" and "The Letter" go for a Mitch Ryder sound, predicting the style future Atlanta Rhythm Section singer Ronnie Hammond would force upon us.  Read more here:

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