SKY HISTORY

ORANGE COLORED SKY’s roots go back to 1962, when Larry Younger formed The Fabulous Epics in Erie, PA. The Epics soon moved to New York City and became the house band at the world–famous Peppermint Lounge. Years later, Tom Hanks would call them The Wonders and tell their story in his film ‘That Thing You Do’.

The Younger Brothers (soon to become Orange Colored Sky) meet the Beatles at the Peppermint Lounge

Front row, L-R : George Harrison, John Lennon

Back row, L-R : Larry Younger, Walter Slivinski, Vinny Younger, Paul McCartney.

 

 

In 1968 the band moved to Southern California, was signed by Universal, and became ORANGE COLORED SKY. SKY hit big in Los Angeles, appearing in the movie "The Love God" with Don Knotts, in TV commercials with Petula Clark, on The Steve Allen Show, and in all the hot clubs. SKY soon became regulars at the Flamingo, Harrah's, and other major venues in Las Vegas, Reno, and Lake Tahoe.

 

Press the button to hear "Orange Colored Sky"(UNI single 55088) from the 1968 album "Orange Colored Sky" (UNI LP 73031) - lead vocal by Larry Younger

 

In 1970 SKY replaced The Carpenters as Burt Bacharach's opening act. SKY also toured with Frank Sinatra and assisted Governor Ronald Reagan's re-election campaign.

 

"Happiness Is" (UNI 55115) was written and arranged by original SKY keyboardist Walter Slivinski - click the 45 to see a larger version (JPEG, 44K)

 

SKY released the 45 RPM single "Help" in the early 1970's on the People label, but it was the B side, "Press A Rose", that placed on the national charts. Larry Younger and Tony Barry shared lead vocals; unfortunately, Larry's funky, soulful performance couldn't overcome People Records' business problems.

"Press A Rose" (PEOPLE 1007-B) was well on its way up the Billboard Hot 100 when the company declared bankruptcy - click the 45 to see a larger version (JPEG, 28K)

 

 

Press the button to hear Larry Younger and Tony Barry sing "Press A Rose" (PEOPLE 1007-B)
Legendary producer Don Costa then brought SKY to MGM records, under the direction of future California Lieutenant Governor Mike Curb. At MGM, SKY recorded “Simon Zealotes” from the rock opera “Jesus Christ Superstar”, arranged by Don Costa and released to U.S. radio stations three months prior to the appearance of the "Superstar" national cast album. The first eight bars of SKY's version of “Simon Zealotes” are unlike any other pop recording.

Press the button to hear SKY's version of "Simon Zealotes" (Andrew Lloyd Webber - Tim Rice) from "Jesus Christ Superstar" - produced and arranged by Don Costa (MGM/DCP-103/71-L-2255)

 

Bassist/vocalist Larry Parker joined SKY in 1974. By the 1980's many showrooms had been replaced by discotheques and SKY slowly disbanded.

The band reunited in the early 1990’s, and now includes bandleader Michael Chanslor (Susan Anton's longtime keyboardist / vocalist / conductor / arranger), bassist / vocalist Larry Parker, drummer / vocalist Dennis Edwards (formerly with Eric Burdon and Eddie Money), and guitarist / vocalist Tom Bethke. SKY founding member Larry Younger still makes an occasional guest appearance.

In 2005, ORANGE COLORED SKY is still rockin’, performing classic “feel-good” surf and rock music. SKY’s ‘Beach Boys Tribute’ continues to win new fans of all ages, and SKY is known to Southern California sports fans for their unique, a cappella performances of the “The Star–Spangled Banner” for the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center and for the Mighty Ducks at Arrowhead Pond.

ORANGE COLORED SKY appears with Jay Black (of Jay & the Americans) in Billy Crystal's “My Giant”, and can be seen and heard in the Academy Award-nominated film "Ghost World" starring Steve Buscemi and Thora Birch.

Press the button to hear SKY perform "Mister Magic" from "Ghost World" - released by MGM/UA in 2001 and nominated for an Academy Award