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Sugar Ray is an American rock band formed in 1986. The band, which originally was a funk metal and nu metal band, first gained fame in 1997 with the release of their song "Fly". The song featured a style that is quite different from the other songs that Sugar Ray made at the time. The success of "Fly" led Sugar Ray to change into a pop rock band. Subsequent albums feature a style that is similar to the style of the song "Fly", and Sugar Ray landed a number of hits with "Every Morning" and "Someday" from their album 14:59 and "When It's Over" from their self-titled album.

The members of the band grew up in Orange County. Rodney Sheppard played in a number of reggae bands, including working with future Good Charlotte drummer Dean Butterworth. Prior to Sugar Ray, in the late 1980s, Rodney Sheppard and Stan Frazier had been together in a band under the name The Tories. Later additions Murphy Karges, Craig Bullock and Mark McGrath changed the band's name to Shrinky Dinx (after initially Shrinky Dinks). After signing with Atlantic Records, the name was changed to Sugar Ray upon threat of lawsuit from the Milton Bradley Company, maker of the Shrinky Dinks toy.

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