Re: The Sundowners: "Always You"
- Below is what I found in 5 minutes of "Googling". Apart
from the "Always You" track appearing on several
compilations and the Rev-Ola label CD listed below,
there is also a 12minute and 28 second performance by
the Sundowners on the Monkees tour in which they
perform a medley of songs -- file attached here.
"The Sundowners were a music group from Lake George,
New York. The original line-up included Bobby Dick (bass
& vocals), Dominick DeMieri (guitar & vocals), Eddie
Placidi (guitar & vocals), Eddie Brick (lead vocals),
and Kerim "Kim" Capli (drums). They opened for the
Monkees famous tour in 67 with Jimi Hendrix. The
lackluster sales doomed this single but it makes a good
vehicle for Jenni. Enjoy!"
Always You (Single Version) performed by The Sundowners
Composed by Nichols/Asher
Arranged by Dominick De Mieri
Recommended by eftimihn [profile] on Sunday 20th
"To me this is certainly a pinnacle of pure late 60s
sunshine pop. Composed by pop genius Roger Nichols the
timeless, idealistic lyrics were written by Tony Asher
(who wrote most of the lyrics with Brian Wilson on Pet
Sounds) not by his regular partner Paul Williams.
Sunshine pop hardly gets any sunnier than on this
track: great production, strings galore, Beach Boys-
esque vocal harmonies, great bassline & trumpet and
catchy as hell with it's uplifting chord progressions
throughout. While the album version (recently included
on the highly recommended "The Get Easy! Sunshine Pop
Collection") is good already, the single version is
just crisper, lusher, just perfect."
3. http://www.answers.com/topic/sundowners and also:
Formed: 1959, Lake George, NY Biography. While pop/
rockers the Sundowners never scored a hit during their
career in the mid-'60s, for such a little-known band
they managed to cast a long shadow, touring with some
of the biggest acts of the day and appearing on
television and in major motion pictures. Formed in
Lake George, NY in 1959, the original lineup of the
Sundowners consisted of Eddie Brick on lead vocals,
Dominick DeMieri on lead guitar and vocals, Eddie
Placidi on guitar and vocals, Bobby Dick on bass and
vocals, and Kim Capli on drums. In 1965, after earning
a loyal local following, the group cut a single for
the Coed Records label, "Leave Me Never" backed with a
cover of Chuck Berry's "Around and Around." In 1966,
the Sundowners moved to Los Angeles in hopes of
shifting their career into high gear, and cut a second
single for Filmways Records featuring two original
songs, "Ring out Wild Bells" b/w "When the Sun Goes
Down." In 1967, the Sundowners were playing an
engagement at the famed Sunset Strip club Ciro's when
Michael Nesmith of the Monkees saw the band perform;
impressed, he invited them to join the group's summer
concert tour as their opening act, and they also
backed the Monkees for a show-closing medley of rock
oldies. (The tour's openers also included Jimi Hendrix
and Ike & Tina Turner, putting the Sundowners in
excellent company.) In 1967, they were signed to Decca
Records, and released the Beatlesque single "Always
You" b/w "Dear Undecided"; the A-side was written by
Tony Asher and Roger Nichols, and the sessions were
produced by studio legend Bones Howe. In 1968, the
band released their only LP, Captain Nemo, which was
produced by guitarist DeMieri. While the album would
become a cult favorite with fans of sunshine pop and
light psychedelia, it didn't sell well, and the group
fared better as actors in the year of its release. In
February, the Sundowners guest starred as "The
Raspberry Wristwatch" on "A Very Warm Reception," an
episode of the espionage drama It Takes a Thief, while
in September they appeared as "Sonny and the
Sundowners" (with Paul Petersen playing their lead
singer) on the "Song of Bertrille" episode of the
comedy The Flying Nun. The Sundowners can also be seen
and heard briefly in the movie Don't Make Waves, which
starred Tony Curtis, Claudia Cardinale and Sharon Tate.
~ Mark Deming, All Music Guide
Friday, September 01, 2006
The Sundowners - "Dear Undecided"
A happy holiday weekend to everyone! Today, I thought
that I'd write about a great pop single. You know, the
kind with an irresistible hook, that you might spin
several times in a row. And since The Sundowners have
been a recent topic of discussion over at the Psychotic
Reactions forum at garagepunk.com (see link on this
page), there's not been a better time to blog "Dear
Undecided". I found this record way over a year ago and
though I've filed it several times, it always finds its
way right back on my turntable. That's about the best
testimonial that I can give a record.
I don't know a lot about The Sundowners, except that
they released at least three singles and an album for
Decca in 1968. They also probably hailed from California,
since they got to appear on an episode of The Flying Nun
and also the Robert Wagner spy drama, It Takes A Thief.
It was on that program that they lip synched to today's
"Dear Undecided" was written by band member, Domenic
DeMurri. It could loosely be called garage pop and even
has a bit of a mod sound. It's tuneful, with guitars,
lots of good drumming and background vocals galore. And
the hook is just incredible. Lyrically, the song is
about a guy who's willing to wait for a girl's current
relationship to washout before he gets his chance.
I've seen "Dear Undecided" described as Beatles
influenced and I suppose that's true. I also think it
sounds like The Sundowners had listened to a lot of Who
singles. Anyhow, the British Invasion plays a major role
but The Sundowners certainly put their best spin on it
here and whipped up an unforgettable tune of their own.
It seems ripe for a revival. I'm surprised that some
contemporary outfit hasn't remade this with a bigger
guitar sound and a bit faster tempo.
The flipside of this gem, "Always You" isn't bad either.
It falls more into the sunshine pop category but is also
tuneful, with a few strings added to the mix. I'm not
sure how common the record is but I don't think it's
very pricy. My copy cost a whopping 50 cents. I'm now on
the lookout for The Sundowners' other 45's and their
The Sundowners entertain on It Takes A Thief, circa 1968
[click on the URL above to visit this blog for the photo
Their Website is http://www.bobbydick.com
5. current eBay listing:
"Captain Nemo" CD by The Sundowners on Rev-Ola CRREV201
Sunny Day People
Edge Of Love
Let It Be Me
Ring Out, Wild Bells
Easy Does It
"This mysterious band has become something of a legend
in its own lunchtime.
The Sundowners released a string of singles between 1966
and 1968 and the amazing 1968 album Captain Nemo which
blends Beatlesque melodies, West Coast cool, frantic
showmanship, psychedelic production flourishes and a
mile-wide cheeky grin.
They also appeared in the Tony Curtis movie Don't Make
Waves (the one with the Byrds theme tune) and the
popular TV shows It Takes A Thief and The Flying Nun.
As if that wasn't enough, they toured with The Monkees
and Jimi Hendrix!
Quite how a band this good with these credentials
slipped so far off the radar in the intervening years
is a mystery. However, us splendid fellows at Rev-Ola
have leapt to the rescue by issuing this neglected gem
on CD for the first time ever and have wrapped it all
up in the kind of dazzling audio and visual package
you've grown to expect from us. How could we not?"
- Jim Shannon:
> I came across a record a few nights ago in the garageBob Haldeman:
> band category. "Always You" was released in 1967 by
> an upstate New York band called The Sundowners. Does
> anyone know if this was part of a film soundtrack? I
> don't recall the single charting that well.
I don't much about it, but I found a copy of the song on vol. 4
of "Melody Goes On."
The Sundowners did appear in a 1967 movie with Tony Curtis,
"Don't Make Waves", but I don't know if "Always You" is in it. It
was just on TMC about a month ago. Their album, "Captain Nemo",
is available on CD:
Not on any soundtrack except the ones playing constantly in
the heads of pop-psych lovers worldwide. The song was written
by Roger Nichols and Peter Asher, with a different version
subsequently included in the Sundowners' album "Captain Nemo".
I'm happily surprised that "Captain Nemo" now has its own
Wikipedia article, which contains additional Sundowners info:
According to this article the "Always You" single was produced
by Bones Howe, and arranged by noted jazz chartist Hill Holman.
Neat sounding record. This side has an Association feel. Flip it
over and you get the Beatles with "Dear Undecided".
- Bob Haldeman:
> I don't much about it, but I found a copy of the songIs this a series of Sunshine Pop compilations (as that is a favorite genre
> on vol. 4 of "Melody Goes On."
of mine)? On a related note, I have searched off and on for the Get Easy
Sunshine Pop collection. Any suggestions other than eBay (e.g. special
import sites) where I might be able to find a copy would be greatly