1963 Sunny & The Sunglows – Talk To Me
Songwriter Jimmie Lewing and singer Sunny Ozuna formed Sonny and the Sunglows in 1959. The group was almost all people of Mexican descent, and their music was a combination of R&B, Tejano, and mariachi music. The group first began recording their own records with the release of Golly Gee in 1962. They released the single on their own Sunglow Records label before it Okeh Records picked up the record and took it national.
Little Willie John scored fourteen singles on the Hot 100 in the late fifties and early sixties. One of his most successful records was Talk To Me, which reached #20 on the Hot 100 in 1958. Producer Huey P Meaux was based in Louisiana and owned Tear Drop Records. He produced the Sunglows performing a cover version of Talk To Me in 1963. Their single peaked at #11 on the Hot 100 and #12 on the R&B chart in 1963. The record did even better on the Adult Contemporary chart, where it reached #4.
The group moved to San Antonio and changed their name to Sunny & the Sunliners. They released their next single later that year, a cover of the Tony Bennett song Rags To Riches. Perhaps the name change lost any momentum their hit single created, or maybe the sound of the record was just too different, but the group’s new single only got as high as #45 on the Hot 100.
Several albums and singles followed, and by 1965 the group had returned to using their original name and issued the single Peanuts (La Cacahuata) on their original label. That was the last single the group placed on the US Hot 100 chart.
Sunny began a solo career where he recorded Spanish records. His career in that market became very successful, and he even won the Grammy Award for Best Tejano Album in 2000.
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