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Posted By: Jim Liddane on: 02/14/2010 09:22:01 EST
Subject: RE: The Sunrays - I Live For The Sun - 1965

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Thanks for the info.

I never knew who played on it, as apart from Glen Campbell, Eddie Medora could not remember the names, as you can see from this extract from his interview....

* How was the song written?

Eddie Medora: I had a song called, "Run Run Run" and Ricky called me up to come over and finish it. And I didn't come over. And "Run Run Run" is the same hook as "I Live for the Sun". And Rick finished it, basically he wrote "I Live for the Sun" with the idea of "Run Run Run".

Then they changed the name of the group because they didn't like the Renegades because it sounded rebellious.

And Murray - that wasn't his thing. They thought the 'Souvenirs' might be good, but we all said, "oh no, no, no, no". Then Eddie Ray who was the A&R person for Capitol Records said, "How about the Sunrays? You know, with your song, 'I Live for the Sun?" I said, "but that sounds like "Underwater" by The Frogmen."

* Did the Sunrays record at Goldstar studios?

Eddy Medora: Yes we did. We did "Just Around the River Bend", "Hi How Are You".

Herb Albert used to come in quite a bit - and Phil Spector. And Larry Marks, who was the number one engineer - we cut all the lights out, tried to get that wall-of-sound - which we did.

We had a very, very huge sound. We would lay down our tracks ourselves, then they would bring in the 'Wrecking Crew' to tweak it up.

* That was my next question- because I know that Glen Campbell played guitar on "I Live For the Sun"

Eddy Medora: That's correct.

* But you also had the 'Wrecking Crew'?

Eddy Medora: You gotta remember what was happening then, you had the Spector sound - overproduced records with strings and horns. Murray was afraid that if we went in with our thin sound at that time - no radio station would play our stuff. And he was right. So he paid these guys [Wrecking Crew] to come in.

Re the radio station - I have looked at their range and ir is quite impressive.

Were they always called WIFI, even when they were a Christian outlet?

Great call letters!

They have potential given the catchment area, but their schedule looks a bit odd - a bit of this and a bit of that really.

Have they any listenership figures?

Are you thinking of going ahead? I would love to hear it

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