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In 1965 Murray Wilson was fired as manager of the Beach Boys and sought a new US surf act. Carl Wilson, Murrays son, had already introduced his father to Rick Henn, a talented singer, songwriter and drummer. Murray then persuaded Eddie Medora (lead guitar), Byron Case (rhythm guitar) and Marty Di Giovanni (piano) to join, each of whom were ex-members of the Snowmen, who had had a local hit in 1963 with Ski Storm. Bass player Vince Hozier was added to complete the line-up. Wilson secured a recording/production contract with the Los Angeles-based Tower label and was rewarded in the summer of 1965 when the Sunrays debut single, I Live For The Sun, reached the US Top 50. The song, which Henn wrote, gave Vanity Fare a UK Top 20 hit three years later. Two follow-up Sunrays singles, Car Party and Outta Gas, were not successful, but Andrea took them back into the US chart in 1966. It showed a marked...