Tuesday, August 12, 2014

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Sunny & The Sunglows

Artist:Sunny & The Sunglows
Song:Talk To Me
Album:Hard To Find 45's on CD Volume 10 1960-1965

Though Talk To Me was their only significant chart hit, Sunny & The Sunglows were pioneers for Latinos in pop music. The band continued but not as a rock group. Sunny & The Sunglows were from San Antonio, TX led by lead singer Sunny Ozuna. They all went to school together. They played all kinds of music including R & B, blues, polka and mariachi. Ozuna started Sunglow Records in 1962 and released the single Golly Gee. The record was picked up for national distribution by OKeh Records. This got the attention of veteran producer Huey P. Meaux and he signed them to his Tear Drop label. Meaux was best known for producing Freddy Fender. Sunny & The Sunglows released Talk To Me and it reached #11 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #5 on the R & B Singles chart in 1963. Talk To Me was written by Joe Seneca who was better known as an actor but started out in music. It was recorded in 1958 by Little Willie John and hit the top twenty. Attempts to follow up Talk To Me with covers of Tony Bennett's Rags To Riches and The Five Keys' Out Of Sight Out Of Mind flopped. You can get Talk To Me on this Eric Records various artists CD. Ozuna disbanded the Sunglows, moved to Dallas and formed Sunny & The Sunliners. They were around for years playing and recording all kinds of music. They were a popular live act in Texas. They seem to be inactive. Ozuna's website came up empty. Obviously in the early 60s, there were very few Latino pop groups so Sunny & The Sunglows are influential. Here's a video for Talk To Me ny Sunny & The Sunglows.

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