Everybody Loves the Sunshine by Roy Ayers (1976)


Just sent a tweet on this but thought I’d blog. I heard this great track — perfect summer fare — at, of all places, local Lower Nob Hill dive The Summer Place. This track has been heavily sampled over the years; I have a version of (or a track that samples) it on at least a couple of Ibiza chillout CDs from early 2000s. Apparently, it was also sampled by Mary J. Blige more recently (or so the guy manning the jukebox informed me).

Here’s the scoop from AMG:

The title track, “Everybody Loves the Sunshine,” is a quintessential song from the mid-’70s. While it might not have slammed the charts like Wild Cherry‘s “Play That Funky Music,” it’s still a revered classic. It evokes that feeling of sweltering concrete in Brooklyn where the only relief is the local fire hydrant. Entirely sung by a choir repeating the same lines throughout, the rhythm section rolls along with a perfectly looped laid-back groove. It moves along lazily, hypnotically, and sluggishly as the sun slows things down to the right speed and “folks get down in the sunshine.”

Gotta love it.


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