Tuesday, August 2, 2011
BRING ME SUNSHINE ~ WILLIE NELSON
"Bring Me Sunshine" was the best-known signature of Morecambe & Wise. The duo regularly used the song to close their shows for the BBC in the 1970s. It was written by the composer Arthur Kent, with lyrics by Sylvia Dee. Although the second verse was often performed by an orchestra conducted by Peter Knight over the duo's closing credits, they only ever sang the first verse, the second one being purely instrumental. When Eric Morecambe died in 1984 so closely associated were the pair with the song that it was the title of a tribute show at the London Palladium held in his memory. It was also used for the title of several books about them. It is interesting to note that when Morecambe & Wise defected from the BBC to Thames Television in 1978, directly after their record-breaking Christmas Show the previous year, the signature tune was dropped. It was however used in later installments of their show.Bring Me Sunshine was also a U.S. Country Chart hit for Willie Nelson in 1969, reaching #13 on the U.S. Country chart. It was included in 1974 on the budget compilation album, "Spotlight on Willie."The song is featured in the closing credits of the 2010 film "The Crazies."