Sunny Places is the title of a song that I wrote
about a laughing eyed woman child, that I met in the Islands before
I came to the States, in 1964. I called her "Lotus."
She was older than me, richer, wiser and much more sophisticated.
Eventually Lotus would become the Mother of my first-born, Stephin
..an extraordinary fact that I would not become aware of until
Sunny Places was produced n 1975 (four years after SOON closed)
by the courageous Warren Schatz, for Love Records, Helsinki, Finland.
We'd been sear-chin' every we ee ee ee eeeach way for years but
no one in the U.S. would give us a deal.. So..Love Records, Helsinki,
Finland We were and are very grateful to the good folk in Finland
for their support. Interestingly, still unable to find a deal
in the U.S. our current digital distribution deal is with a Norwegian
Company, Artspages International. We are grateful again.
I had a reputation for being too "too heavy man!" consequently,
I worked hard to "lighten up" with Many Sunny Places.
We wanted it to be "fun." Vicki
Sue Robinson, an eternal love of mine, made it
lots of fun to do and to listen to, even and especially, now.
Warren signed her (they did "Turn The Beat Around" together)
based on the beautiful work that she did on "Many Sunny Places"
Vicki and I had done the backers auditions for SOON together and
she would have been the female lead in SOON except that she was
only 16-17 when we went to Broadway, and she simply could not
look old enough.
and I gigged all over the village (see Poster)
and many a street corner after SOON. She never looked old enough
for anything. She is one of those who always was and will forever
stay, forever young. She contributes much of her magic to these
were able to do more Island tunes on this record, which was very
important to me. The people down the way would say "Meson
when yu gon do dem calypso ting?, wha rang wid yo? Yu schuppidee
o sumting? And I would say " Man ,Man, ah cumming man, dem
boy don unnastan dem ting man. We got to slip dem in like a dundo.
Suavaycito man, suavayceeeto! I was happy to get Cherrigo
La Beiga, Archepelago
Man, and When
You Take It All Away in for the folks at home and
the "political" Ghetto
Fighter in for the states.
Once upon a time in 1965, Bert Burns (who wrote Twist and Shout
and many others) owned BANG Records. He signed three Singer/Writers,
Neil Diamond, Van Morrison and myself. Neil constructed hits,
Van patrolled and captured the Astral Plane and I was determined
to change the world with
I also wanted to sing Van Morrison's "Brown
Eyed Girl" to Vicki Sue, and on this record
I did. The recordings were fun and sincere, the last tune (Please
Be Well) is from SOON, and ultimately said and says it all, for
all of us who made the record. Please Be Well.