The Sunshine Company was a short-lived male-female sunshine pop band/folk rock from Los Angeles with a sound reminiscent of The Mamas & The Papas that became famous during the late 1960s. The group began in 1967 as a duo consisting of Mary Nance (vocals) and Maury Manseau (vocals, guitar) before adding Merel Bregante (drums) and bassist Larry Sims (d. December 2014), with Douglas "Red" Mark (violin, guitar) and Dave Hodgkins (acoustic guitar) joining soon after. After signing to Imperial Records, The Sunshine Company released its debut album, "Happy Is The Sunshine Company" (1967).
The Sunshine Company debuted on the Pop/Rock charts in the summer of 1967 with the upbeat and romantic "Happy," which also became a minor hit for Blades Of Grass at around that same time. Later that year, the band had its biggest hit with the groovy and sentimental "Back On The Street Again," a Steve Gillette-penned ballad which made the Top 40. This smash was followed in 1968 by the cheery yet haunting folk rocker, "Look, Here Comes The Sun." The Sunshine Company had several minor hits through 1968 before their final chart entry in early 1969 with the bluesy "Willie Jean."
After releasing two more albums and several more singles, The Sunshine Company had disbanded by late 1968. "The Best Of The Sunshine Company" CD (Collector's Choice) includes songs from all three albums, along with some singles and B-sides. Douglas Mark went on to form Redeye, an early 1970s rock band best known for "Games" (1970), which became a Top 40 hit. Larry Sims and Merel Bregante later served as backing musicians and vocalists for Loggins & Messina.
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The Sunshine Company
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