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April 14, 2021 1 min read

Spanky & Our Gang - Featuring: Sunday Will Never Be the Same (Mercury, 1967)
While there are songs that I love from “Like To Get To Know You,” “Without Rhyme or Reason,” and even the 70s reunion album “Changes,” the group’s debut for me will always rein supreme. Their name being a play on that of lead singer Elaine “Spanky” McFarlane, this Chicago sunshine pop ensemble were able to off-set attempts to turn them into a second rate The Mamas & the Papas by incorporating jazz influences, as well as novelty elements similar to those of The Turtles. Their debut contains their two biggest hits “Sunday Will Never Be the Same” and “Lazy Day,” the closest they ever came to sounding like The Mamas & the Papas, as well as the #31 hit “Making Every Minute Count.” Other highlights include the plaintive cover of "Brother Can You Spare a Dime,” the whimsical "It Ain't Necessarily Bird Avenue" and “5 Definitions of Love,” as well as the vocally dynamic "If You Could Only Be Me," their Roger McGuinn-inspired cover of "Leaving on a Jet Plane,” and the blues rocker "Come and Open Your Eyes."

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