Composer and vibraphone player Roy Ayers was a pioneer of jazz-funk and acid jazz, and he has been called "The Godfather Of Neo-Soul". He grew up in South Central, California, where at five years old, jazz legend Lionel Hampton gave him his very first vibraphone mallets. He sang in his church choir as a child, and when he was in high school he formed a band called The Latin Lyrics, where he played guitar and steel drums. By the time he dropped out of college, Ayers was recording be-bop and jazz. In the early 1970's he formed the band that he continues to perform with - Roy Ayers Ubiquity. After over a dozen albums, he released one of his signature songs - Everybody Loves The Sunshine. The song was featured on Ayer's 1976 album of the same tittle. The song was released at a musical turning point for the band - it was the beginning of the jazz-funk evolution. This song has been sampled almost 100 times.
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