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The Birth of "Sunny Side Up"

Billy's Bass gets stolen!

A Panda's encounter with Hollywood

Pandas' "Where the Action Is" trivia

The Birth of "Sunny Side Up"

Billy has passed along this:

"Even though "Once Upon a Time" was the first, and "We Can't Go On This Way" our highest chart climber, the song that was most requested for at gigs, and I truly believe was our signature song, was "Sunny Side Up!" This song we would have to play a minimum of twice a night and on occasions, three times a night. This song originated from me at the Dunkin' Donuts store located at Gloucester Crossing in Beverly. Back then, Dunkin' Donuts did breakfast and was open 24 hrs. Well, one night after a gig, the band (although I don't think it was all of us) pulled into 'Dunks' at three in the morning. The waitress came over and asked us for the order. After placing my order for bacon and eggs she asked me how I would like my eggs . That's when I replied, with the musical hook, "Sunny, Sunny Side Up!" While in the booth waiting for the chow, I started writing the lyrics, with some help from Ted, I believe, and then the next day Ted and I proceeded to write the music at his house on Columbus Ave."

"Still, to this day, most people that approach me about the band remember this song more so then all of the others."

Billy's Bass gets stolen!

Billy relates the story of the time when the Pandas were opening for a well-known act when his bass guitar was stolen. To play that night, he had to borrow the bass from the other bass player - Chris Hillman of the Byrds!

A Panda's encounter with Hollywood

Though not a tale from the road in the strictest sense, Teddy Dewart was contacted by an agent concerning some 'hippy-type' characters needed for a movie being filmed in Boston and wanted to know if he'd be interested. Teddy passed on the offer but turned the opportunity over to  Jerry Labrecque. That's how Jerry got his 30 seconds as a movie star, playing a car thief in the Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway original 1968 version of The Thomas Crown Affair!

Pandas' "Where the Action Is" trivia

Some totally useless (but interesting) facts about Teddy and the Pandas' appearance on Dick Clark's Where the Action Is. The piece was filmed in Boston, outside at Anthony's Pier 4 Restaurant, on April 20, 1966. Dick Clark also filmed The Outsiders, Gene Pitney and B. J. Thomas there the same day. The Pandas segment aired on show #236, on May 26, 1966. Although most acts got two segments on a show, for some reason the Pandas appeared only once, performing Once Upon a Time. Appearing on the same show with them were the Righteous Brothers and the We Three (no, I didn't mean the We Five).

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