Music on SUNSHINE in the 1960s

March 20, 2012

I never realized how much “Sunshine” seemed to be a topic of interest to songwriters in the 1960s until I started digging. Here are some of the songs I remember. [Musically, I define the 60s as 1963, assassination of JFK to 1973, resignation of Nixon].

You are my sunshine. A sincere expression of love and devotion with a strong American old time flavor. Written and performed by member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, Gov. Jimmie Davis.

Sunshine of Your Love. A more cosmic, stellar expression of love and devotion from the 60s supertrio, Cream. Jack Bruce, Ginger Baker and Eric Clapton.

Sunshine Superman. A mod 60s psychedelic portrait by Donovan.

Good Day Sunshine. The Beatles’ cheery feel-good salute to the sun.

Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows. Here is Leslie Gore singing a gosh-n-golly rock answer to “My Favorite Things”

My Favorite Things. And sunshine is one of Mary Poppins favorite things.

Ain’t No Sunshine. Jose Feliciano mourns the lack of sunshine.

Sunshine on my Shoulder. We can’t forget John Denver’s ode to his Colorado sun.

We’ll Sing in the Sunshine. What ever happened to Gale Garnett? I hope she is the author of this song, and is making royalties.

You are the Sunshine of My Life. Stevie Wonder offers his uplifting song to a beloved, likening them to sun, not unlike Cream’s image.

Sunshine Girl. The Parade’s “Sunshine Girl” shows a lot of different influences.

Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In. We can’t forget 5th Dimension’s classic astrological salute to our SUN.

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