Today’s selection is a testament to the value of keeping your ears open at all times, eagerly awaiting the unexpected.
I do a show for WFMU’s Give the Drummer Radio, and whenever I have the time I like to tune in and dig many of the other groovy shows on the stream.
One of the best is by Doug Schulkind, who’s ‘Give the Drummer Some’ runs Friday mornings from 9AM until noon, with one of the most eclectic playlists.
A while back I was listening and working on something at the same time when my ears perked right up at a dose of sunshiney wonderfulness that I hadn’t heard before.
I checked the playlist and discovered that the group was The Guild, and the song was ‘The Sun Shines For You’.
The biggest surprise was the fact that the 45 had been released on the Chicago soul/funk imprint Twinight Records (home to Syl Johnson, among others).
I set right out to find myself a copy of the record, which thankfully was neither difficult or expensive.
The Guild were a St Louis, MO based group that was together through the 1960s and early 1970s, recording this 45 in 1969, and another for Elektra in the early 70s.
Interestingly enough, they had none other than Michael McDonald in their ranks early on (but not on this 45) who played in a number of St Louis bands including the Delrays.
‘The Sun Shines For You’ is a simply beautiful, yearning, hook-filled number that reminds me a lot of the later New Colony Six stuff.
The harmony-filled chorus is just amazing, and it’s one of those records that I find myself listening to several times in a row whenever it pops up.
The Guild were apparently a popular touring band in the Midwest, and ‘The Sun Shines For You’ charted in Ohio and Wisconsin in the Fall of 1969.
It is a very groovy number, indeed, and I hope you dig it as much as I do.
Until next week.
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