You Bring The Sun Out

I found out a few days ago that Jessy Dixon, Gospel singer/performer extraordinaire, has died. He was a truly big star in the world of Gospel music and was much loved. I knew Jessy briefly and wrote a couple of tunes with him in the late 70’s, a period when he had been collaborating with Paul Simon in the studio (Still Crazy After All These Years) and on the road (Paul Simon in Concert: Live Rhymin’).

Written for Jessy to record, the songs were religious in nature.  However, like so many Gospel songs, they could be reinterpreted as love songs. “You Bring The Sun Out” has since been recorded by a multitude of artists besides Jessy but Tommy Lipuma produced the definitive pop version on Randy Crawford for her 1979 release, “Secret Combination”.

I imagine Jessy’s busy bringing the sun out everyday now.  He certainly brought the sun out in me.

This one’s for you, Jessy. Ave Atque Vale.

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11 Responses to “You Bring The Sun Out”
  1. Tim McMullen says:

    Hi, Tom. I just found your website last night after fifteen years of sporadic, but consistent internet searching for one of the truly great singer-songwriters of the 70’s-mid-80’s (and songwriter into the new millennium); a search that generally dead-ended in the “pianist from Maine.”

    I had expected to offer a long treatise on just how interesting and significant I think your musical contributions and influence to be. Instead, I find myself writing a little note of despair that the first new posting from the mailing list (which I joined last night), seems to have a faulty link to this song! Aaaargh…I really want to hear it. If it’s you performing, that will be awesome. I do have Randy Crawford’s Secret Combination on vinyl, but it will be fine if that is the version shared here as well. If it is Jessy Dixon’s version, that will be great as well. So, whichever version you are posting, I hope the link will be fixed soon. Thanks, Tim

  2. Tim McMullen says:

    By the way, feel free to delete my comment when the link is up if you wish. I will happily write my glowing accolades later.

  3. Florent Recica says:

    …”You Bring The Sun Out”… wish there was your own performance or a demo with Wiebe!!!

  4. Tim McMullen says:

    Hey, Tom, you know I echo Florent’s sentiment….

  5. Price says:

    Great song …..what impressed me the most was Louie sending you a message.(see above).
    Thanks Tom

  6. Toto says:

    ‘dam’d…the player in Italy is not working.. we really are in a bad mood…

  7. Glenda says:

    Where can you find the sheet music to this song?
    Thanks so much,

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