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Saturday, 26 July 2014

Bobby Hebb born 26 July 1938

Bobby Hebb (July 26, 1938 – August 3, 2010) was American R&B/soul singer, musician, songwriter, recording artist, and performer known for his 1966 hit entitled "Sunny". 
He was born Robert Von Hebb in Nashville, Tennessee. Hebb's parents, William and Ovalla Hebb, were both blind musicians. Hebb and his older brother Harold performed as a song-and-dance team in Nashville, beginning when Bobby was three and Harold was nine. Hebb performed on a TV show hosted by country music record producer Owen Bradley, which earned him a place with Grand Ole Opry star Roy Acuff. Hebb played spoons and other instruments in Acuff's band. Harold later became a member of Johnny Bragg and the Marigolds. Bobby Hebb sang backup on Bo Diddley's "Diddley Daddy". Hebb played "West-coast-style" trumpet in a United States Navy jazz band, and replaced Mickey Baker in Mickey and Sylvia. ( At 13, Bobby Hebb (front) tap dancing with Chet Atkins (left), Erwin Tussey on sax, Grady Martin playing guitar and Tommy Jackson playing fiddle.)
On November 23, 1963, the day after John F. Kennedy's assassination, Harold Hebb was killed in a knife fight outside a Nashville nightclub. Hebb was devastated by both events and sought comfort in song writing. Though many claim that the song he wrote after both tragedies was the optimistic "Sunny", Hebb himself stated otherwise. He immersed himself in the Gerald Wilson album, You Better Believe It!, for comfort.

"All my intentions were just to think of happier times – basically looking for a brighter day – because times were at a low tide. After I wrote it, I thought "Sunny" just might be a different approach to what Johnny Bragg was talking about in "Just Walkin' in the Rain". 

"Sunny" was recorded in New York City, after demos were made with the record producer Jerry Ross. Released as a single, it reached #3 on the R&B charts, # 2 on the Billboard Hot 100, # 12 in the UK, sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold
disc. When Hebb toured with The Beatles in 1966 his "Sunny" was as well received as any Beatles tune, as evidenced by tapes of the concerts. BMI rated "Sunny" number 25 in its "Top 100 songs of the century".

"Sunny" has been recorded by, among others jamiroquai, Cher, Boney M, Georgie Fame, Johnny Rivers, Stevie Wonder, Frank Sinatra with Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Electric Flag, The Four Seasons, Leonard Nimoy, two different versions from Frankie Valli, the Four Tops, James Brown, Wilson Pickett, Les McCann, Wes Montgomery, Dusty Springfield, and Classics IV. One re-recording, a disco version called "Sunny '76" was a minor hit for Hebb in that year hitting #94 on the R&B chart. In 2000, Musiq did an updated dance version retitled "Just Friends (Sunny)," which went to #31 on the U.S. Billboard charts. 

Hebb also had lesser hits with his "A Satisfied Mind" in 1966 (# 39 on the Billboard chart and #40 on the R&B chart) and "Love Me" in 1967 (# 84). He was a prolific writer, known in the US as the "song-a-day man", with over 1,000 compositions to his name. In 1971, Lou Rawls won a Grammy with "A Natural Man", a song Hebb had co-written with Sandy Baron.
Six years prior to "Sunny", Hebb reached the New York Top 50 with a remake of Roy Acuff's "Night Train To Memphis". In 1972, his single "Love Love Love" reached # 32 in the UK charts. 

After a recording gap of thirty five years, Hebb recorded That's All I Wanna Know, his first commercial release since Love Games for Epic Records in 1970. It was released in Europe in late 2005 by Tuition, a pop indie label. New versions of "Sunny" were also issued (two duets: one with Astrid NorthAstrid North, and one with Pat Appleton.

In 2004, Hebb was part of another Grammy-winning team, as one of the performers included on the Best Historical Album, the compilation Night Train to Nashville: Music City Rhythm & Blues, 1945-1970. ). In October 2008 he toured and played in Osaka and Tokyo in Japan. 

"We're in the University of Life and last time I checked, no one is in a hurry to graduate," Hebb said in 2004. His only regret was that Ray Charles wasn't one of the 500-plus artists who have recorded "Sunny".

Hebb continued to live in his hometown of Nashville until his death from lung cancer, at the Centennial Medical Center on August 3, 2010. He was 72. He is interred at Nashville's Spring Hill Cemetery. (Info edited from Wikipedia & The Independent)


boppinbob said...

For Bobby Hebb - The "Sunny" Anthology (1960-1976) go here:

01. Sunny (45 rpm mix) 02:44
02. I Love Everything About You 02:14
03. Some Kind Of Magic 02:35
04. Love Me 02:05
05. My Pretty Sunshine 02:23
06. You Want To Change Me 02:43
07. Dreamy 02:12
08. Everything Is Coming Up Roses 02:12
09. Yes Or No Or Maybe Not 02:26
10. Good Good Lovin' 02:43
11. A Satisfied Mind 02:45
12. For You 02:40
13. You Don't Know What You Got Until You Lose It 02:32
14. I Am Your Man 02:27
15. Bread 02:25
16. Sunny (album mix) 02:42
17. Love Love Love 03:00
18. Crazy Baby 02:13
19. Bound By Love 02:03
20. I Love Mary 02:35
21. Betty Jo From Ohio 02:18
22. Atlanta, G A. 02:29
23. You Gotta Go 02:45
24. Feel So Good 02:00
25. Night Train To Memphis 01:48
26. You Broke My Heart And I Broke Your Jaw (Bobby & Sylvia) 02:39
27. I Found Somebody 02:46
28. Judy 02:33
29. True I Love You 02:50
30. Proud Soul Heritage 02:58
31. Sunny '76 03:27

espo said...

Hi Bob...Luigi here thanks for the info on "Johnny Francis" I have seen it before a couple of years ago and also made a comment on it...but i'd forgotten all about it till your I left a msg on ther for "Johnny" asking him if he knew if there was any downloads available for any of his workl...will have to see what happens....cheers..and thanks once again....Luigi