What is it about sunshine pop – also known as baroque pop or 60’s orchestral pop – that just captures my emotions and my attention?
I think it has to do with the intricate melodies and the beautiful lyrics. It’s not sweet like bubblegum pop, and it’s not an acquired taste like artrock. But I figured this batch of sunshine pop would really make your day swing. And so… here we go with…
No, this isn’t the Richard Harris song, “Macarthur Park” is the name of a UK group from the early 1970’s; this was their only hit.
Happy Without You
This 1960’s Oz Rock band features a bandmember named John Farrar. Farrar would later achieve fame as the co-writer of most of Olivia Newton-John’s biggest hits.
The Silent Sun
Amazing what you can dig up when you try hard enough. This early recording from Genesis sounds more like a Bee Gees outtake, doesn’t it? I guess it’s one of those tracks that the band either forgot about – or hopes that everybody else in the world forgot about it.
My World Fell Down
This studio band features vocals by Glen Campbell. Yes, THAT Glen Campbell. Also on the track? Bruce Johnson of the Beach Boys, and producer-writer Terry Melcher.
PRICE AND WALSH
The House of Ilene Castle
This duo would later write several pop songs for the Grass Roots. Not sure if this is simply a ballad or a protest song or whatnot, but the melody is still crisp.
THE CHERRY PEOPLE
Heritage Records may have more recognition as the label where a mini-Dutch invasion occurred (George Baker Selection, the Tee Set), but this one-hit wonder by the Cherry People was a regional hit.
YVONNE BARRETT AND THE CHEROKEES
Off And Running
This old Lesley Gore minor hit became a crowd-pleaser for Australian singer Yvonne Barrett, and it looks as if she’s enjoying the song as much as she’s singing it.
THE LORDS OF LONDON
Cornflakes and Ice Cream
Canadian pop group who had a major hit in the 60’s with this track; although the song’s B-side, “Time Waits For No One,” is more appreciated today.
FOUR JACKS AND A JILL
This was a worldwide hit – and was the only hit by this South African-based group. Hey wait a second, they had a music video? In 1966?!?
Fly, Little White Dove, Fly
This starts out like a simple ballad, and it just turns into this groovy track that will have a refrain that will stick in your brain for days and days.
Look outside. The sun is shining. Bright in the sky. And the music’s right here.
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