Sue & Sunny

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Sue & Sunny were a British vocal duo of the 1960s and early '70s, who made numerous recordings, both under their own name as well as making a multitude with other musicians, and working in such studio…
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Sue & Sunny were a British vocal duo of the 1960s and early '70s, who made numerous recordings, both under their own name as well as making a multitude with other musicians, and working in such studio ensembles as the Brotherhood of Man and Edison Lighthouse. They were sisters, their real names Yvonne Wheatman and Heather Wheatman, both in Madras, India. They made their first recording together in 1963 for the Oriole label, as the Myrtelles with a rendition of Lesley Gore's "Just Let Me Cry," and they subsequently recorded as the Stockingtops and as Sue & Sunshine. After a few years singing in cabaret (whilst Sunny, the younger of the sisters, was still in her mid-teens), they moved to Germany and played air bases there, and released a few German singles. Their breakthrough, of a sort, took place when singer Lesley Duncan needed backup vocalists for a session and they agreed to do it -- the results were impressive, so much so that within weeks they were getting requests to sing behind Dusty Springfield, Tom Jones, et al -- and their breakthrough as session musicians came with their backing Joe Cocker on his recording of "With a Little Help from My Friends." They were on a pair of Elton John's early albums, Tumbleweed Connection and Madman Across the Water, and worked with Love Affair, Lulu, Mott the Hoople, and T. Rex, to name just a few. Their appearance with Cocker on Top of the Pops only enhanced their public reputation, this despite their never having charted a record under their own name, and the session work just piled up after that -- Frank Zappa, Giorgio Moroder, and James Last were among those knocking on their door with offers of recording and performing work. They were especially busy within the orbit of manager/producer Tony Macaulay, and songwriter/producers Roger Cook and Roger Greenaway, with whom they worked on numerous sessions, backing such studio creations as the Brotherhood of Man and Edison Lighthouse. Finally, in the early '70s, the two sisters decided to go solo, and each managed to score some success on her own that had somehow eluded them as a duo. They continued to work together on occasion as session singers into the '80s and beyond, though Sue & Sunny's official recording days as a duo ended at the start of the '70s.