California Sun

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"California Sun"
Single by Joe Jones
B-side "Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone"
Released 1960 (1960)
Format 7-inch single
Genre Rock
Length 2:21
Label Roulette (4344)
Songwriter(s) Henry Glover
Joe Jones singles chronology
"You Talk Too Much"
(1960)
"California Sun"
(1960)
"(I've Got a) Uh Uh Wife"
(1961)

"California Sun" is a rock song first recorded by American rhythm and blues singer Joe Jones. Henry Glover is credited on the original 45 rpm single as the songwriter, although Roulette Records owner Morris Levy's name sometimes appears on later renditions. In 1961, Roulette issued the song with "Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone" as the B-side, the single reached number 89 on Billboard's Hot 100.[1]

The Rivieras cover[edit]

"California Sun"
CaliforniaSun.jpg
Single by The Rivieras
B-side "H.B. Goose Step"
Released January 1964 (1964-01)
Format 7-inch single
Recorded 1963
Genre Rock and roll
Length 2:23
Label Riviera (R-1401)
Songwriter(s) Henry Glover
The Rivieras singles chronology
"Played On"
(1963)
"California Sun"
(1964)
"Little Donna"
(1964)

The most successful version of the song was released by the Rivieras in 1964 and became the group's biggest hit in their short career, this song was the result of their first recording session at Chicago's Columbia Recording Studios in 1963 (purchased by manager Bill Dobslaw). The lineup for this session included Marty Fortson on vocals and rhythm guitar, Joe Pennell on lead guitar, Doug Gean on bass, Otto Nuss on organ, and Paul Dennert on drums. The original single cut from this session included the song "Played On" as the A-side, with "California Sun" as the B-side and was released on Dobslaw's Riviera label in 1963. DJ Art Roberts ensured that the "California Sun" side saw significant airplay on WLS; in response to the growing success, Dobslaw got the band a national distribution deal with USA Records, and the song was adequately distributed with "H.B. Goose Step" as the B-side.

The song entered the charts on January 25, 1964, and reached number five on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, where it remained for 10 weeks.[2] The song was further hailed as the last American rock and roll hit before the British Invasion. Shortly after the song's release, the band experienced internal problems as Fortson and Pennell enlisted in the Marines, in addition to various lineup changes afterwards. A re-recording of the song with new lyrics, titled "Arizona Sun" was recorded in 1964, but not released until 2000 on the compilation Let's Stomp with The Rivieras! Unissued 1964 Recordings. "California Sun" was eventually featured on the band's debut album Let's Have A Party. A later version was released later that year as "California Sun '65" on their second and final album, Campus Party.

The song was used in the 1987 movie Good Morning, Vietnam, as well as on its soundtrack album, it was also one of many California-related songs played throughout "Sunshine Plaza" in the original Disney California Adventure.[3]

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1964) Peak
Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[2] 5
West Germany 15[4]

Other versions[edit]

"California Sun"
Song by Ramones
from the album Leave Home
Released January 1977
Format LP record
Recorded October 1976
Genre Punk rock
Length 1:58
Label Sire
Songwriter(s) Henry Glover
Producer(s) Tony Bongiovi, Tommy Ramone
Leave Home track listing
""What's Your Game""
(10)
"California Sun"
(11)
""Commando""
(12)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955-2002
  2. ^ a b "The Rivieras - Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved 2016-09-27. 
  3. ^ "Sunshine Plaza". Theme Park Music. Retrieved 2016-09-27. 
  4. ^ Infinity Charts - German Top 20
  5. ^ "The Invaders (31) - California Sun / Love And Hate". Discogs. Retrieved 21 January 2018. 
  6. ^ "The Offspring Concert Setlist at Gran Parque de la Exposición, Lima on September 5, 2013". setlist.fm. Retrieved 2014-02-09. 
  7. ^ "The Offspring Concert Setlist at Estadio Cubierto Malvinas Argentinas, Buenos Aires on September 8, 2013". setlist.fm. Retrieved 2014-02-09. 
  8. ^ "We Found Love - Single by Palma Violets on Apple Music". Itunes.apple.com. 2013-04-29. Retrieved 2016-09-27. 

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