The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine After the Lights Go Out


The Walker Brothers were an American pop group of the 1960s and 1970s, comprising Scott Engel, John Walker, and Gary Leeds. After moving to Britain in 1965, they had a number of top ten albums and singles there, including the No. 1 chart hits “Make It Easy on Yourself” and “The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine (Anymore),” both of which also made the US top 20.

Formed in 1964, they adopted the ‘Walker Brothers’ name even though the members are all unrelated as a show business touch—”simply because we liked it.” They provided a unique counterpoint to the British Invasion in that they were a group from the United States that achieved much more success in the United Kingdom than in their home country, during the period when British bands dominated the US.

WalkerBros

Side One

The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine (Anymore)

Side Two

After the Lights Go Out

Wings


I’ve posted about Wings before, but to follow up on that, I figured I’d include a little additional information about the success they had.

Wings had 12 top 10 singles (including one number 1) in the UK and 14 top 10 singles (including six number 1′s) in the US. All 23 singles released by Wings reached the US top 40, and one double-sided single, “Junior’s Farm”/”Sally G”, reached the top 40 with each side. Of the nine albums released by Wings, all went top 10 in either the UK or the US, with five consecutive albums topping the US charts.

Wings

Side One

Let ‘Em In

Side Two

Beware My Love

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Side One

Silly Love Songs

Side Two

Cook of the House

Wings3

Side One

Listen to What the Man Said

Side Two

Love in Song

Wings4

Side One

With a Little Luck

Side Two

Medley: Backwards Traveller / Cuff Link

World Party


World Party are a British alternative rock band, which is essentially the solo project of its sole member, Karl Wallinger. He sings and plays most of the instruments himself, using multi-tracking to create the studio sound. Lyrically, many of his songs feature thoughtful and occasionally political sentiments.

WorldParty

Side One

Ship of Fools (Save Me from Tomorrow)

Side Two

Holy Water

Red, Red Wiiiiinnnnneeee


UB40 are a British reggae/pop band formed in 1978 in Birmingham, England. The band has had more than 50 singles in the UK Singles Chart, and has also achieved considerable international success. The band has been nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album four times, and in 1984, were nominated for the Brit Award for Best British Group. One of the world’s best-selling music artists, UB40 have sold over 70 million records.

Their hit singles include their debut “Food for Thought” and two U.S. Billboard Hot 100 number ones with “Red Red Wine” and “Can’t Help Falling in Love”. Both of these also topped the UK Singles Chart, as did the band’s version of “I Got You Babe”.

The ethnic makeup of the band’s original lineup was diverse, with musicians of English, Scottish, Irish, Yemeni and Jamaican parentage. The band’s initial lineup lasted for 30 years from the band’s formation in 1978 until frontman Ali Campbell’s departure from the band in 2008. Since that time, two other founding members (Mickey Virtue and Astro) have also left the band, and the trio of Campbell, Virtue, and Astro have since formed UB40 Reunited.

UB40

Labor of Love

UB40

Side One

Cherry Oh Baby
Keep On Moving
Please Don’t Make Me Cry
Sweet Sensation
Johnny Too Bad

Side Two

Red Red Wine
Guilty
She Caught the Train
Version Girl
Many Rivers to Cross