Spanky & The Gang: Sunshine Pop

Got a message the other day that said, "TDR why don't you lighten up a bit and play some fun music too?" I had to think about it for a minute and then saw a video Scott had found of the group, SPANKY AND OUR GANG, doing some of their "Sunshine Pop" songs...Voila! Just what I needed.

The group hit big Top 40 in the late 60's and was the opposite of the popular Psychedelic Rock and Blues-Oriented bands of the time, and appealed to a less hip audience, especially the younger teens. Spanky was fronted by, Elaine "Spanky" McFarlane, who based the name of the group on the Hal Roach comedies of the 30's and 40's referred to as, "The Little Rascals."

Spanky was a slightly thinner Mama Cass and had great chops,--she could really belt out a song. Spanky and Our Gang scored four Top 30 hits on the Pop Chart with their biggest hit, SUNDAY WILL NEVER BE THE SAME, cracking the Top 10 at #9 in 1967. They made Mercury Records a lot of money with at least two million selling singles, "Sunday" and "Lazy Day" that pushed their two albums into the Top 50. Their performances were fun, and they turned out to be nice and cheery people from the Chicago suburbs.

So here's something to cheer you up if you've been following the news. Spanky and Our Gang doing Sunday Will Never Be The Same with HQ Stereo Audio. Shine On! @therealdonrocks

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