Piano, Keyboard, Bass Guitar, Vocalist - Bass.


SUN started out as a local band out of Dayton, Ohio in 1975. By 1976 the group had already landed their first major record deal with Capitol Records. The debut LP "Live On Dream On" Gave SUN their first hit "Wanna Make Love" peaking at #31 on Billboards R&B charts. It was subtitled "Come Flick My Bic" because of a racy closing vamp hook which incorporated the catchy slogan used by the big pen corporation for its line of cigarette lighters. Bic even manufactured some limited edition, promotional gold-plated lighters with the SUN logo that was sent to DJ's. With a Hit on their hands, SUN was finally on its way.

With the release of their second album, "Sun Power" in 1977, SUN sprang into a configuration of multi-instrumentalists and vocalists. Though an aggressive effort, the album sold poorly and yielded no hits...something was missing.

SUN was starting to dim and manager Beau Ray Fleming who knew a sizable overhaul in the band was needed. Half the band was dismissed and the search was on for new members. The group needed someone with strong vocals as well as great writing abilities. So in 1978 lead guitarist Keith Cheatham out of Cincinnati, Ohio was added along with fellow band member and keyboardist Sonnie Talbert both from Keith's former group TNT Power House. This would prove to be the best unit in SUN's history, particularly with Cheatham, whose strong writing skills on the third album "Sunburn" contributed to the three biggest SUN songs ever, "Dance (Do What You Wanna Do)" "I Had A Choice" and "the smash of the album "Sun Is Here". The Cheatham-Yancey-Byrd concoction was their highest charting single peaking at #18 R&B, helping make this album an RIAA certified gold seller.

It became their official theme and kicked off most of their shows with with a big bang from this point on. Major tours followed, including dates with label-mates Tavares, Peabo Bryson, Maze, The Sylvers, and Ms. Natalie Cole.

The next LP "Destination Sun" (1979) contained some of the band's finest artistic moments in Cheatham's semi-acoustic, Earth Wind and Fire-esque inspirer "Light of the Universe" which was the first single release. Cheatham would soon become musical director.

SUN was hot and would go on to release three more albums for Capitol Records before breaking up in 1982.

Cheatham who is currently working with Rock N Roll Hall of Famer Bootsy Collins had the opportunity to tour Europe and Asia with Bootsy as guitarist for the tribute to the Godfather of Soul world tour in 2008. Cheatham discovered there was a big demand for SUN when Bootsy would introduce him as the former lead singer and guitarist for the group at the end of shows. Crowds would start to chant "We're Here Sun Is Here." After being approched by promoters and a little push from Bootsy, Cheatham reorganized the group in 2009. Look out world SUN is back!


Contact Info:
Name- Keith Cheatham
Email- cheanet472
Phone- (513) 251-0980

Screen name:
Member since:
Jul 20 2009
Active over 1 month ago
Level of commitment:
Very Committed
Years together:
Gigs played:
Over 100
Tend to practice:
More than 3 times per week
63 years