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Friday, Oct 13 2017 | 02:12
Image: 1611255 When it comes to living legends in the Texas and Latin Music pantheon, few have been at it longer and are more revered by their fans and peers than soul vocalist and Mexican-American songwriter and bandleader Sunny Ozuna. He became a star right out of high school in the late ‘50s and hasn’t looked back in the six decades since.
Among countless other honors and notable achievements, Sunny was the first Latino artist to appear on Dick Clark’s “American Bandstand” (in 1963). Songs like “Put Me In Jail,” “Talk To Me,” “Should I Take You Home,” “My Dream” and “Smile Now, Cry Later” still bring crowds to their feet throughout the Southwest and California and around the world at “oldies” and “lowrider soul” events. And after releasing dozens of albums since the mid-1960s (in Spanish and English), Sunny still keeps a busy schedule and loves performing as much as he did as a teenager. His classic 45s regularly change hands for hundreds of dollars among collectors around the world, affirming his timeless appeal.
This new compilation on Brooklyn’s acclaimed Big Crown label is a lovingly curated selection of songs from the years 1966 to 1972. All compositions were originally released on Sunny’s Key-Loc label, formed after his national star had been established, so he could have control of his own musical destiny. With Sunny hits – a mix of originals and some great covers thrown in Mr. Brown Eyed Soul is an excellent celebration of Sunny’s amazing body of work, and a perfect introduction for newcomers.
Produced in full collaboration and cooperation with Ozuna himself, the CD and LP packaging includes liner notes by Texas Music scholar and archivist Ramon Hernandez, and features dozens of rare photos provided by Sunny himself.

A1. Intro 1
A2. Should I Take You Home?
A3. Cross My Heart
A4. The One Who’s Hurting Is You
A5. Smile Now, Cry Later
A6. Our Day Will Come
A7. Put Me In Jail
A8. Forever
A9. I Only Have Eyes For You
B1. Intro 2
B2. Get Down
B3. Open Up Your Love Door
B4. Give It Away
B5. Rain Makes Me Blue
B6. Outside Looking In
B7. I Have No One
B8. My Dream

“Whether they are singing in English or Spanish, their music oozes with the funk and sweat you produce when you’re being chased to the top.” – Ruben Molina (author of the book Chicano Soul)
“Sunny & The Sunliners’ ‘My Dream’ is a dream.” – Gilles Peterson Available from 29.09.2017
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