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1Jay1

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California sunshine
« on: October 31, 2019, 06:03:03 AM »
Is there any version on cd doing the rounds of california sunshine, been listening to this track a lot of marks tribute cd,  would love to hear jan singing,

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Re: California sunshine
« Reply #1 on: October 31, 2019, 02:21:37 PM »
that's the only version I've heard. WHat an amazing song! I can't believe Jan wrote that. Cool track

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Re: California sunshine
« Reply #2 on: October 31, 2019, 10:11:52 PM »
This song was originally conceived as "Ginny On My Mind," written by Jan Berry, Tom Sumner, and Alan Wolfson. Jan later changed the title to "Diane's On My Mind," to reflect his new relationship with Diane Osborne in 1977.

The instrumental backing track, performed by Wrecking Crew musicians, was fully finished in the studio. Lyrics were written, but the vocals were never finished.

However, Tom Sumner instigated a re-write, recasting it in the vein of a John Denver song. The new title was "California Sunshine." They changed the lyrics and recorded a rough demo (without the Wrecking Crew).

The original backing track for "Ginny On My Mind" (Wrecking Crew) is strong, and I hope to get it released some day.

Just FYI . . . The backing track for the song "California Sunshine" on the Jan Berry tribute album I co-produced was faithful to "Ginny On My Mind," but vocalist Robbin Thompson changed the melody of the lead vocal to reflect his personal style.

For those who don't know, Robbin Thompson was the lead singer in Bruce Springsteen's band called Steel Mill in the early '70s (before the E Street Band). Robbin then went on to front his own combo, the Robbin Thompson Band. The group had a Billboard chart record with "Brite Eyes" in 1980 (#66).

Backing vocalists for Robbin Thompson's albums included Rick Roberts of The Flying Burrito Brothers and Firefall ("You Are the Woman"), and Timothy B. Schmit of Poco and the Eagles.

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Re: California sunshine
« Reply #3 on: November 01, 2019, 09:03:39 AM »
Well, Robin is a damn good singer. It's one of the best tracks on the album. that's a compliment because they are all good

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Re: California sunshine
« Reply #4 on: December 10, 2019, 05:04:22 AM »
Also been listening to Continuous Eternal (A Prose Poem) and wondered if this track would have been accepted on a jan berry release, its great to hear how the poem and the music go well together, I wonder if theres track jan was working on,or just the score, or is this the only version out there.