Today is Day 159 of 731 / 50th Anniversary of "SUNNY" the song!
Hit song, 1966
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THE BRASS RING "Sunny"
The Brass Ring
About THE BRASS RING, the band...
The Brass Ring was a group of American studio musicians led by saxophonist and arranger Phil Bodner. They were based in New York City and were stylistically similar to The Tijuana Brass, The Brass Buttons, the Baja Marimba Band and other "Now Sound" instrumental pop groups from the 1960s, although the twin-sax sound more closely resembles Billy Vaughn, whose biggest hits were in the 50s.
In addition to several successful albums, they had two hit singles. The first, The Phoenix Love Theme (Senza Fine), was used in the movie The Flight of the Phoenix, and hit #32 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in 1966. The second, The Dis-Advantages of You, was used in a commercial for Benson & Hedges, and hit #36 in 1967. Numerous other singles hit Billboard's Easy Listening chart, and a non-chart single, "Love In The Open Air", is prized by collectors, as it is a cover of a little-known composition by Paul McCartney.
The group recorded until at least 1972 on Enoch Light's Project 3 label.
by The Brass Ring
Review by Joe Viglione
The 1967 album The Now Sound of the Brass Ring is a very interesting instrumental disc that opens up with “Sunny” and goes into fantastic pop gems from the day including Jimmy Webb’s “Up, Up and Away” (which became a sort of a template for Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff when they produced Bobby’s final Philips single, the Northern soul classic “You Want To Change Me” b/w “Dreamy’. Also on this amazing instrumental album is Bacharach/David’s “The Look of Love,” “Don’t Sleep in the Subway,” “Georgie Girl,” the Mamas and the Papas “Monday, Monday” and a classic Paul McCartney tune from his soundtrack to The Family Way, two minutes and thirty-seven seconds of “Love in the Open Air.” That has – on its own – become a sort of Northern Soul rarity, making this release from saxophonist and arranger Phil Bodner and his studio musicians somewhat collectible.
A nice quick drum arrangement and horns herald the heavy organ arrangement, an organ that leads back into horns and vibraphone. It really does sound like a variation of what Herb Alpert did, a different Tijuana Brass perspective, if you will. The chirping horns, vibes and organ all make for a remarkable rendition that has slipped through the cracks over the years, finding a new life on YouTube, especially when a contemporary group like Erpfenbrass bring the harmonious un-heavy metal back to the music
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