Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys matured and took control of the group. One of the first things he did was fire his father Murry, who had acted as the band’s manager.
Murry’s response was to try and prove he had been instrumental in the development of their sound and popularity. He founded another surf group and tried to make them stars. He almost made it.
The Sunrays were from Southern California and had well-developed harmonies. The group consisted of Rick Henn, Marty DiGiovanni, Byron Case, Eddie Medora, and Vince Hozier. Henn had one of the great lost voices of the 1960’s surf music era.
“I Live For The Sun” was a srong single. It was catchy with tight harmonies. It only reached number 51 on the BILLBOARD MAGAZINE Pop Singles Chart, which was way to low.
Whether it was luck or talent, Murry Wilson proved he could create and produce good music apart from The Beach Boys.