Tuesday, January 17, 2023

"Sunshine" by Dino

Song#:  4029
Date:  09/09/1989
Debut:  84
Peak:  23
Weeks:  15
Genre:  Dance-Pop, New Jack Swing

Pop Bits:  After a couple of minor charting singles, Dino finally broke through in a bigger way with "I Like It," the third single from his debut album 24/7. The song would be a gold seller. To keep momentum up, this fourth single was issued out. It would do fairly well getting close to the Pop Top 20 while also getting to #47 R&B. Just a month after this song debuted on the Pop chart, the album would be certified gold.

ReduxReview:  I doubt Dino or his label imagined they'd be four singles deep into the album, but with the late bloomer "I Like It" going gold, they needed to pick something and this track was selected. It probably was the best option from the remaining tracks and it did fairly well. However, it just wasn't nearly as memorable or catchy has his previous hit.

ReduxRating:  4/10

Trivia:  Dino (Dean Esposito) would end up marrying Caroline Jackson, a member of The Cover Girls. Their son Matthew Dean Esposito would try to break into the music business via a reality competition show. In the summer of 2017, the ABC TV show Boy Band would air. The competition series had 30 teen/early 20s male singers vying for one of five spots in a new boy band that would be called In Real Life. Under the name Matthew Dean, Dino's son would be selected to be on the show. Unfortunately, he and eleven others were cut the first episode. The remaining eighteen were split into three groups with each performing on successive episodes. Eliminations would take place after the performances. The field would be whittled down with new groups formed along the way. After the viewers vote, five singers were selected to become In Real Life. The group was given a contract with Hollywood Records. Their first single, "Eyes Closed," did not chart. Throughout 2018, the band would keep releasing singles until they finally collected those along with three new tunes for their 2019 debut album She Do. Despite some of their songs getting some airplay and going on tour, the group didn't break out in a big way. In early 2020, In Real Life announced their breakup.


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