Friday, August 31, 2007

The Sunglows - Happy Hippo (1963)

A good and bouncy little instrumental that sounds very much a product of 1963.
Sort of Tex-Mex Gulf Coast surf...?

From the All Music Guide entry by Ed Hogan:

"Sunny & the Sunglows were formed from students at
Burbank Vocational School in
San Antonio, TX, in 1959.

"Its members were lead singer Sunny Ozuna (not on this track), Alfred Luna, Tony Tostado, Gilbert Fernandez, and Jesse, Oscar, and Ray Villanueva.

"Their sound was a mix of
Tex-Mex, blues, country, and mariachi.
"The band started their own Sunglow imprint in 1962."

(click on All Music link for further background info)

Listen to: The Sunglows - Happy Hippo (Sunglow Records 45, 1963)

(click for audio)

1 comment:

Boursin said...

Yep, 1963-sounding to be sure, but actually the A side "Peanuts" was a small hit around May 1965. It made #64 on the national Billboard pop chart.

I have also heard a great version by them of Rufus Thomas's "All Night Worker", also on this same label and from '65, on which they (somewhat unsurprisingly) sound like the Sir Douglas Quintet.

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