The Sundowners

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The Sundowners were a trio of classical music students who initially got together as the backing band for a singer named Tommy Trousdale. They showed some real enthusiasm for r&b, however, and became…
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The Sundowners were a trio of classical music students who initially got together as the backing band for a singer named Tommy Trousdale. They showed some real enthusiasm for r&b, however, and became the first English band to record "House of the Rising Sun" (probably picking it up from Josh White's recording), for the Pye offshoot label Piccadilly. Their version of "A Shot of Rhythm and Blues," the B-side of their second single ("Come On In"), was a particularly rough-and-ready rendition that has resurfaced on CD. They failed to chart with their two singles at Pye, and by 1965 they'd moved to Parlophone for "Where Am I" b/w "Gonna Make the Future Bright," which also failed to move audiences. The trio bravely soldiered on into the late 1960's, recording near the end of the decade for EMI-Columbia and the Spark label.