1977 Sunbear – Sunbear

sunbear-1977Singer/drummer Arnie Oliver, aka Ahaguna G. Sun, and singer/guitarist Werner “Bear” Schuchner comprised Sunbear, a little-known soul/funk vocal duo that recorded in Los Angeles in 1977. Earth, Wind & Fire was a heavy influence on Sunbear, and there were also hints of Tower of Power and El Chicano in their sound. In 1977, Sunbear recorded its self-titled debut album for Don Cornelius and Dick Griffey’s Soul Train Records, which evolved into Solar Records after Cornelius’ departure in 1978. Sunbear broke up without ever recording a second album, and Oliver and Schuchner both went on to pursue other activities in the R&B world. Oliver became a member of Frankie Beverly’s Maze, while Schuchner played guitar on albums by the Whispers, the Soul Train Gang, High Inergy, and others. In 1980, the Whispers recorded Sunbear’s ballad “Fantasy” for their hit album Imagination. (source)


1  Erika (Arnie Oliver, Werner Schuchner) 3:05
2  Let Love Flow For Peace (Arnie Oliver, Werner Schuchner) 3:12
3  So Long (Arnie Oliver, Werner Schuchner) 3:20
4  I Heard The Voice Of Music Say (Arnie Oliver, Werner Schuchner) 5:00
5  Mood I L.O.V.E. Love (Arnie Oliver, Werner Schuchner) 2:37
6  Fantasy (Arnie Oliver, Werner Schuchner) 4:00
7  Don\’t Overlook The Feelings (Arnie Oliver, Werner Schuchner) 5:34
8  Mood II Love At First Sight (Arnie Oliver, Werner Schuchner) 2:47
9  Rhythm Of Our Souls (Arnie Oliver, Werner Schuchner) 3:49
10  Mood III Oliver (Arnie Oliver, Werner Schuchner) 1:37



BassWerner Schuchner
DrumsAhaguna Sun
GuitarWerner Schuchner
Acoustic GuitarWerner Schuchner
ClavinetAhaguna Sun
ClavinetGreg Phillinganes
ClavinetRoger Smith
OrganJesse Butler
PianoWerner Schuchner
PianoAhaguna Sun
PianoGreg Phillinganes
PianoRoger Smith
SynthesizerGreg Phillinganes
SynthesizerRoger Smith
HarpGreg Phillinganes
SaxErnie Watts
SaxJackie Kelso
SaxBill Green
TromboneGeorge Bohanon
TrumpetJohn Parrish
TrumpetOscar Brashear
PercussionWerner Schuchner
PercussionAhaguna Sun
Background VocalsCarrie Lucas
Background VocalsWalter Scott

Liner Notes

Producer – Dick Griffey, Don Cornelius, Sunbear
Producer (Executive) – Dick Griffey, Don Cornelius
Arranged By – Sunbear
Arranged By – Greg Phillinganes (Tracks 2, 10)
Arranged By (Horns) – John Parrish
Arranged By (Rhythms) – Sunbear
Arranged By (Vocals) – Dick Griffey, Sunbear
Engineer (Mastering) – Richard Simpson
Engineer (Mixing) – Don Holden
Engineer (Recording) – Don Holden

Photography By – Ron Slenzak

Recorded At – RCA Studios