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Contradicting their origins as a harsh funk metal band, Sugar Ray turned out several of the most breezily infectious summer singles of the late '90s, hitting on an appealing combination of sunny pop, lightly funky hip-hop grooves, and reggae lilt. Known as likely one-hit wonders after their 1997 breakthrough smash "Fly," Sugar Ray managed to maintain their career momentum far longer than many observers expected, helped in no small part by the teen magazine pinup looks of lead singer Mark McGrath. Of course, it also helped that the band was able to repeat the carefree vibe and effortless catchiness of "Fly" on its following singles. Sugar Ray were formed in Orange County, the heavily suburban area south of Los Angeles, in 1992. Guitarist Rodney Sheppard, bassist Murphy Karges, and drummer Stan Frazier had been playing parties together in a hard rock/heavy metal cover band, Shrinky Dinx, since the late '80s. Friend Mark McGrath became the lead singer of Shrinky Dinx after jumping up on-stage to perform one night, and they soon began collaborating on original material. The band played around the L.A./San Diego area, building up a following, and got one of its friends to finance a music video which wound up getting them a deal with Atlantic in 1994. The threat of legal action by Milton Bradley, which owned the rights to the original Shrinky Dinks toy, forced the band to change its name to Sugar Ray (after boxer Sugar Ray Leonard). Around the same time, they began expanding their live shows with the turntables of Craig Bullock, aka DJ Homicide, who later became an official member of the group.

Sugar Ray released their debut album, Lemonade and Brownies, in the spring of 1995. Commercially, however, the album sunk. Atlantic decided to try again, based on the enthusiasm Sugar Ray produced on their lengthy supporting tour, and sent them into the studio with producer David Kahne. The result, Floored, became double-platinum hit thanks to "Fly," a laid-back groove tailor-made for summertime. With help from reggae toaster Super Cat, "Fly" set new airplay records at modern-rock radio, and reigned as perhaps the most ever-present hit of the summer.
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Feb 24 Sat 6:00 PM Rock 2K Music Festival: Sugar Ray, Smash Mouth & Uncle Kracker Magic City Casino
Miami, FL
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May 25 Fri 8:00 PM Sugar Ray Tulalip Resort Casino
Marysville, WA
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May 26 Sat 8:30 PM Sugar Ray & Smash Mouth Cannery Hotel & Casino
Las Vegas, NV
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Sugar Ray delivered their third album at the beginning of 1999. The title, 14:59, was a wry reference to Andy Warhol's "15 minutes of fame" dictum, but as it turned out, the group's time wasn't up by a long shot. 14:59 wound up outselling its predecessor, eventually going triple platinum. The first single, "Every Morning," shot to number three on the pop charts and became the group's second number one at modern-rock radio. The hits "Someday" and "Falls Apart" were successful follow-up singles. Sugar Ray returned in the summer of 2001 with their self-titled fourth album, which entered the charts at number six and gave the band its first-ever Top Ten album.Tthe first single, "When It's Over," was another substantial hit. But in spite of reviews claiming that the band sounded more like a band than ever before, Sugar Ray's sales were ultimately disappointing and the record failed to go platinum within a year's time.
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