A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from July 07, 2009
“Sunshine and Lollipops” ("Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows")

"Sunshine and lollipops” means an idealized (and usually unrealistic) utopia of wonderful things. The political commentator Glenn Beck has used the term frequently since 2006, often in reference to Barack Obama’s policies.

‘Sunshine lollipops” have been sold in the United States since 1955. There is a 1963 newspaper citation of “a landscape of sunshine and lollipops.”

The “sunshine and lollipops” term was popularized in 1965, when Lesley Gore sang the Marvin Hamlisch-composed song, “Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows.”


Wikipedia: Marvin Hamlisch
Marvin Frederick Hamlisch (born June 2, 1944) is an American composer. He and Richard Rodgers are the only two individuals to have been awarded an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, a Tony, and a Pulitzer Prize.
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Film and composer
Although Liza Minnelli’s debut album included a song written in his teens, his first hit did not come until he was 21 years old. This song, Sunshine, Lollipops, and Rainbows, was sung by Lesley Gore. (The song later figured prominently in the “Marge on the Lam” episode of The Simpsons)

Wikipedia: Lesley Gore
Lesley Gore (born May 2, 1946 as Lesley Sue Goldstein) is an American singer-songwriter of the “girl group era”. She is perhaps best known for her 1963 pop hit, “It’s My Party”, which she recorded at the age of 16. Following the hit, she became one of the most recognized teen pop singers of 1963-1967. At the time of her birth, her family was in the process of changing their names back to their Russian name (Gore).
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Career: 1960s and 1970s
Gore’s first hit was followed by many others, including “Judy’s Turn to Cry” (the sequel to “It’s My Party") (U.S. #5), “She’s a Fool” (U.S. #5), the proto-feminist “You Don’t Own Me” (U.S. #2), “That’s The Way Boys Are” (U.S. #12), “Maybe I Know” (U.S. #14), “The Look Of Love” (U.S. #27) and “Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows” (U.S. #13).

YouTube
Lesley Gore - Sunshine, Lollipops And Rainbows (with Lyrics)
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March 16, 2008
http://lesleygore.com/
Lesley Gore sings Sunshine Lollipops & Rainbows - From the 1965 film Ski Party

Sunshine, Lollipops And Rainbows

Sunshine, lollipops and rainbows,
Everything that’s wonderful is what I feel when we’re together,
Brighter than a lucky penny,
When you’re near the rain cloud disappears, dear,
And I feel so fine just to know that you are mine.

My life is sunshine, lollipops and rainbows,
That’s how this refrain goes, so come on, join in everybody! (...)

WikiAnswers
Q: What is the lyrics to Sunshine Lollipops and Rainbows is sung by Corrina Greyson?
A:
Sunshine, lollipops and rainbows,
Everything that’s wonderful is what I feel when we’re together,
Brighter than a lucky penny,
When you’re near the rain cloud disappears, dear,
And I feel so fine just to know that you are mine.

My life is sunshine, lollipops and rainbows,
That’s how this refrain goes, so come on, join in everybody!

Sunshine, lollipops and rainbows,
Everything that’s wonderful is sure to come your way
When you’re in love to stay. (...)

6 April 1955, Lake Charles (LA) American Press, pg. 28, col. 1 ad:
SUNSHINE
LOLLIPOPS
8-OZ. 27c
(National Brands Stores—ed.)

21 November 1963, Oakland (CA) Tribune, “How’s With Your World, John Jr.?” by Al Martinez, pg. 22, col. 5:
But where they are is of little importance, for it is what youth sees that matters. What do you see, John Jr.? Do you see a landscape of sunshine and lollipops, a bright sail on a blue sea, a plane adrift in the clouds, a soldier in the field?

12 June 1965, San Antonio (TX) Light, pg. 28, col. 8:
48. SUNSHINE LOLLIPOPS & RAINBOWS
LESLIE GORE
(KTSA TOP “55” SURVEY FOR WEEK OF JUNE 11-17, 1965—ed.)

Google Books
Truck
By Katherine Dunn
New York, NY: Harper & Row
1971
Pg. 106:
He’s standing across the street waiting and the big spade is playing away and singing a happy old song. All about sunshine and lollipops.

Google Books
July 1977, Cincinnati (OH) Magazine, pg. 39, col. 1:
Summer in Cincinnati is not always sunshine and lollipops.

OCLC WorldCat record
Sunshine, lollipops & rainbows the best of Lesley Gore.
Author: Lesley Gore
Publisher: New York : Rhino Records, 1998.
Edition/Format: Musical CD : Popular music : English

Access My Library
Is Foiled Terror Plot Part of Something Bigger?
Publication: The America’s Intelligence Wire
Publication Date: 11-AUG-06
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ANNOUNCER: This is GLENN BECK.
BECK: No, it`s all coming up sunshine and lollipops today, isn`t it?

The Glenn Beck Program
Is Glenn ruining your marriage?
February 24, 2009 - 13:04 ET
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CALLER: Well, no. Just, I believe I’m a realist.
GLENN: Yes, okay. And he’s not?
CALLER: He’s sunshine and lollipops.

The Glenn Beck Program
Glenn Beck: What if Americans didn’t pay their taxes?
June 1, 2009 - 2:09 ET
Here’s the one thing: The government’s irresponsible spending is already turning us into slaves, so you might as well literally lock us all in chains.

USA Today reports that if you add up all the federal debt, each American household now owes $546,668 dollars — up 12 percent or $55,000 from last year. That’s four times what each U.S. household owes in car loans, credit cards, mortgages and all other debt combined.

Keep in mind that’s the conservative estimate; so what’s the number if you take an approach that’s not-so-sunshine-and-lollipops?

FOXNews.com
Don’t Say I Didn’t Warn You
Thursday, June 11, 2009
By Glenn Beck
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Maybe if things will turn out fine and accumulating more debt in six months than in 30 years will be like sunshine and lollipops and the government will turn out to be the best automaker the world has ever seen.

But I’m not counting on it, so I’ve got my umbrella out.

If that makes me the crazy guy, fine. But don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Posted by Barry Popik
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