Crystal Blue Persuasion
Gonzalez Crystal Blue Persuasion 45 (EMI, 1977)
Gonzalez were a mid-70s Brit group, who had some minor hits in the UK but didn't find any success in the US. Nowadays they are mostly remembered for being produced by the soul singer Gloria Jones, who had a hand in this single.
Tommy James, the guy who authored the song "Crystal Blue Persuasion" is someone who you should know. He had a ton of hits in the US and made many a great single. He is one of the few people who was able to create songs of lasting value out of total vapidness. His first hit "Mony Mony" was inspired by a flashing neon song. "I Think We're Alone Now" is one of the sappiest songs ever...but it rules. And if "Crystal Blue Persuasion" wasn't an attempt to cash in on flower child, Age of Aquarius, feel good grooviness, I don't know what it. But "Crystal Blue Persuasion" also rules. So much so that I wanna believe that a "new day is rising" and a yappidy yap yap.
Put Gonzalez, Gloria Jones, and Tommy James together and you get great Latinesque popadelic soul.