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More SUNNY gems Morgana King

Sun, 02/22/2015 - 20:39


FROM 4 song EP as well as this lp

Bossa, samba, and the related world of Burt Bacharach come off best here, although once again the clever touches of Zito are sorely missed. "The Look of Love" pays the cost of Costa's hammy conducting, but "Walk on By" is just right. "Sunny" is an unexpected delight, maybe because Costa must have realized he couldn't out-schlock the hit single by Bobby Hebb. Instead, King is given a chance to use her ultra-relaxed and in-control phrasing to give the song a whole new feel. Some listeners may not even get past the first song, however, a monstrosity entitled "I Have Loved Me a Man." This is a good example of a song that gives off the scent of the wretched from its title alone. After ignoring the singer's cozy feel for swing for the entire album, "On the South Side of Chicago" comes off as a strained finale; Costa should have thought of this sooner, although it would have been a lot better if he hadn't shown up at all. (AMG)

Cool Sheet Music company

5 LP Boxed set with SUNNY

41.  Bobby Hebb - Sunny



  • A1 –Chuck Jackson I Wake Up Crying
  • A2 –Solomon Burke If You Need Me
  • A3 –Tommy Hunt Human
  • A4 –Otis Redding Pain In My Heart
  • A5 –Wilson Pickett Baby Don't Stop
  • A6 –Roscoe Robinson A Thousand Rivers
  • A7 –Brenton Wood Hideaway
  • A8 –Bobby Hebb I Love Mary\

  • Patriots' Quarterback Tom Brady says Goodbye to Candlestick Park, where the Beatles and Bobby Hebb performed in 1966

    Mon, 02/16/2015 - 01:06
    Patriots' Brady: 'Sad to see Candlestick go'

    February 15, 2015, 3:15 pm 4-year-old Tom Brady was at Candlestick Park for 'The Catch'By Ryan Wilson | CBSSports.comFebruary 13, 2015 12:17 pm ET
    Before Tom Brady became the face of the Patriots, a Super Bowl MVP, and one of the best quarterbacks to ever play in the NFL, he was just a kid growing up in Northern California who happened to be a huge Joe Montana fan.

    On Thursday, the folks running Brady's Facebook page, posted a picture of the future Hall of Famer taking in a game at Candlestick Park. But it wasn't just any game. It was the NFC Championship matchup against the Cowboys that was decided by The Catch.
    Candlestick Park will go out with a wrecking ball, not a bangBy Matier & Ross Updated 7:30 am, Friday, January 16, 2015 Plans for a pyrotechnic implosion of Candlestick Park have fizzled in favor of the wrecking ball with health fears and political pressure playing a big part in the decision.

    The 54-year-old stadium is being demolished to make way for a shopping center, hotel and housing complex. But an attention-grabbing plan to implode the Stick next month ran into stiff opposition from Golden Gate University’s Environmental Law and Justice Clinic and the Bayview Hill Neighborhood Association over fears about noise and the spread of toxic dust.

    OUR TOP 10 FOR FEBRUARY 15, 2015

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    RINGTONE ! The Sunny Bobby Hebb RINGTONE IS HERE...Aug 9, 2012

    The Marvin Gaye Collection MOTOWN DOES SUNNY!Jul 19, 2013
    Strauss, Haydn, Sonny Rollins, Bobby Hebb mentione...Jan 6, 2015
    Billy Preston's on-fire organ solo on SUNNYJan 27, 2015

    Bobby Hebb Sheet Music Imagery / GALLERY OF SUNNY ...Feb 16, 2014

    Mieko Hirota Ahh! Soul with SUNNY LIVEJan 1, 2015

    The Day John F. Kennedy Died - November 22, 1963...Nov 22, 2013

    Mark Ronson, who cut "Sunny" twiceJan 27, 2015

    Looking for "lost" versions of Bobby Hebb's "Sunny...Feb 8, 2015

    New 60's Compilation with SUNNY on Disc 5

    Sun, 02/15/2015 - 13:53

    DISC 5:
    1. Delilah - Tom Jones
    2. Sunny - Bobby Hebb
    3. Son of a Preacher Man - Dusty Springfield
    4. Downtown - Petula Clark

    Playing Time:288 min.Distributor:n/aRecording Mode:StereoSPAR Code:n/a
    Album Notes
    This generous five-disc set collects 100 mostly original recordings of '60 hits, including songs by Elvis Presley, Sly & the Family Stone, the Righteous Brothers, and Tom Jones. Given that it spans so many different kinds of '60s sounds, including girl group pop, folk-rock, British Invasion hits, and psychedelic pop, the collection doesn't always offer the smoothest listening experience. Still, the sheer amount of hits here means that most '60s music fans will find more than a few things they'll enjoy. Highlights include the Troggs' "Wild Thing," Georgie Fame & the Blue Flames' "Yeh, Yeh," Thunderclap Newman's "Something in the Air," and the Spencer Davis Group's "Gimme Some Lovin'." ~ Heather Phares

     Track 18, disc 2

    Track 10, Disc 5
    Notice the similarity to the first disc on this page

    Disc 5 01 - The Monkees - I'm A Believer
    02 - The Supremes - Baby Love
    03 - Jerry Butler & Bettty Everett - Fever
    04 - John Lee Hooker - Boom Boom
    05 - James Brown - Papa's Got A Brand New Bag
    06 - The Yardbirds - For Your Love
    07 - The Four Tops - Reach Out (I'll Be There)
    08 - The Isley Brothers - Behind A Painted Smile
    09 - Junior Walker - How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)
    10 - Bobby Hebb - Sunny
    11 - Gene Chandler - Duke Of Earl






    1. Born To Be Together - The Ronettes
    2. Angelica - Scott Walker
    3. Looking Through The Eyes Of Love - Gene Pitney
    4. You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' - The Righteous Brothers
    5. I'm Satisfied - Lou Rawls
    6. You Baby - Len Barry
    7. Saturday Night At The Movies - The Drifters
    8. Bless You - Tony Orlando
    9. On Broadway - Clyde Mcphatter
    10. Proud - Johnny Crawford
    11. Uptown - The Crystals
    12. We'll Love Again - Ruby & The Romantics
    13. Love Him - Doris Day
    14. Good, Good Lovin' - Bobby Hebb
    15. I Wanna Make You Happy - Dusty Springfield
    16. The Girl Who Sang The Blues - The Everly Brothers

    17. We've Gotta Get Out Of This Place - The Animals
    18. Shape Of Things To Come - Slade
    19. Love Is Only Sleeping - The Monkees
    20. New World Coming - Mama Cass Elliot
    21. Rock And Roll Lullaby - B.J. Thomas
    22. Something Better - Marianne Faithfull
    23. Just A Little Lovin' - Carmen Mcrae
    24. Make Your Own Kind Of Music - The Happenings
    25. This Is A Love Song - Bill Medley

    Looking for "lost" versions of Bobby Hebb's "Sunny"

    Mon, 02/09/2015 - 03:08
    Did Thelma Houston (Motown Records) duet with Andy Williams on 2/21/1970 ??




    1. msongs says: August 24, 2010 at 8:59 pm @witchman67 – tunes are Lara’sTheme (Somewhere My Love), Sunny popularized by Bobby Hebb, L-O-V-E popularized by Nat King Cole, and Beer Barrel Polka popularized by….beer drinkers lol

    Billy Preston's on-fire organ solo on SUNNY

    Tue, 01/27/2015 - 19:41
    Billy Preston
    Written by Bobby Hebb
    Produced by Steve Douglas
    45 RPM Capitol #5730 

    Digitially remastered

    Sunny by Billy Preston  - instrumental with vocal intro - The Beatles had asked Bobby Hebb to play keyboards with them after the 1966 tour, but Bobby was more into the guitar at the time and suggested Billy Preston ...the rest is history...
    Relationship with the BeatlesPreston first met the Beatles as a 16-year-old in 1962, while part of Little Richard's touring band, when their manager Brian Epstein organized a Liverpool show, at which the Beatles opened. The Washington Post explained their subsequent meeting:
    “They'd hook up again in 1969, when the Beatles were about to break up while recording the last album they released, Let It Be (they would later record Abbey Road, which was released prior to Let It Be). George Harrison, a friend of Preston, had quit, walked out of the studio and gone to a Ray Charles concert in London, where Preston was playing organ. Harrison brought Preston back to the studio, where his keen musicianship and gregarious personality temporarily calmed the tension.[4]”Preston is one of several people referred to by commentators as the "Fifth Beatle". At one point during the "Get Back" sessions, John Lennon proposed the idea of having him join the band (to which Paul McCartney countered that it was difficult enough reaching agreements with four).[5] Preston played with the Beatles for several of the Get Back sessions, some of the material from which would later be culled to make the film Let it Be and its companion album. Preston also accompanied the band for its rooftop concert; the group's final public appearance.[4]

    Mark Ronson, who cut "Sunny" twice

    Tue, 01/27/2015 - 19:09
    Uptown Funk January 13th from Mark Ronson

    Ronson previously tracked Bobby Hebb's "Sunny" twice

    "Uptown Funk" crams an entire wedding reception into four-and-a-half minutes, and the album containing the song looks to be as much fun as the single. Mark Ronson thinks so: "It's my best record, for sure," he tells Rolling Stone. As usual, the producer has recruited a star-studded cast of singers and side-hands. Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon wrote the lyrics; Mystikal, Bruno Mars and Tame Impala's Kevin Park contribute vocals; and Stevie Wonder plays a little harmonica. "It's probably the peak musical highlight of my life," Ronson says of that last collaboration. "I'm fine if I never top it." R.S.

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    Among the recently released albums, digital reissues, MP3 downloads and box sets are the 13-song “Art, Official Age,” the 34th studio album in 36 years from Prince, released simultaneously with the 12-track “PLECTRUMELECTRUM” that he recorded with his all-female band, 3RDEYEGIRL; “747,” seven-time Grammy-winning country trio Lady Antebellum’s sixth album; “Bring Back the Sunshine” is the ninth studio album since 2001 from country superstar Blake Shelton; “Tracks of My Tears” is the 11th studio album since 1980 from Canadian Bryan Adams and his first in six years and features 11 cover songs, including The Beach Boys’ “God Only Knows,” The Beatles’ “Any Time At All,” Bobby Hebb’s “Sunny,” Dylan’s Lay Lady Lay” and Smokey Robinson’s title cut.

    The 17-song “50 St. Catherine’s Drive” is the final album from former Bee Gee Robin Gibb, who died in 2012 at 62; 

    the 14-song “In the Mood” from 79-year-old trumpeter Herb Alpert, who led The Tijuana Brass from 1962-1969, is a collection of original compositions and modern takes on classic standards, including Rodgers and Hart’s “Blue Moon, Cole Porter’s “Begin the Beguine” and the title song that Big Band leader Glenn Miller took to No. 1 for 13 straight weeks in 1940; and a dozen Christmas songs comprise “Dave Koz & Friends: The 25th of December” that sees the 51-year-old smooth jazz sax player joined by Johnny Mathis, fellow mellow saxman Kenny G, Richard Marx, Gloria Estefan and others.


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    Great photo of Jimmy T and Bobby Hebb

    Tue, 01/20/2015 - 20:55
    Jimmy T and Bobby Hebb

    Mr. T worked with Bobby on the PBS Special ALIEN ABDUCTION for NOVA

    Bobby played the part of Barney Hill in the TV special/movie.

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    to serve the transformation of individual consciousness, and to
    further the evolution of the paradigms by which we understand human identity.JEMI is named in recognition of John E. Mack, M.D. (1929-2004),
    Pulitzer Prize-winning author and Professor of Psychiatry at the Harvard Medical School,
    to honor his courageous examination of human experience and the ways in which
    perceptions and beliefs about reality shape the global condition.
    ZetaMax - Harvard Psychiatrist studied Alien AbductionsHarvard Psychiatrist Dr. John Mack began studying alien abduction reports in 1989. He found the phenomena to be consistent, important, and utterly worthy of investigation and study.
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    Strauss, Haydn, Sonny Rollins, Bobby Hebb mentioned together in article

    Tue, 01/06/2015 - 12:57
    An Eclectic Christmas concert at St. Maclou Wattrelos church
    Du classique aux musiques actuelles avec du Strauss, du Haydn en passant par du Sony Rollins et du Bobby Hebb » résume Benoît Delbecque, 

    In 2015 "Sunny" is held in the same regard as Also sprach Zarathustra (Richard Strauss) and the friend of Mozart, teacher of Beethoven,Franz Joseph Haydn - creator of the stringed quartet.

    article translated: 

    "Our set is composed of twenty students. They will play a dozen pieces. From classic to contemporary music with Strauss, Haydn via the Sony Rollins and Bobby Hebb "summarizes Benoît Delbecque , director of the conservatory . The end of the concert was an opportunity for the group to share a fun musical moment : "We have assembled the sets of Wattrelos Tourcoing and conservatory in a brass band to play a few songs at the end of the concert, like the famous Hallelujah " welcomed the Director. Next event with the New Year concert scheduled on January 31 to the socio- educational center.

    DAY #6 in our 731 days of "Sunny" 
    50th Anniversary Celebration

    731 days of Bobby Hebb's 50th Anniversary of Sunny
    Publishing 1965Hit Record 1966
    365 days in 2015366 days in 2016, a leap year with February 29
    Today is Day 6 of 731
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    Bobby Hebb THE WFMU INTERVIEW 2-19-07

    Sat, 01/03/2015 - 20:56
    On February 19, 2007

    WFMU conducted an interview with

    2/19/07 Bobby Hebb, who was catapulted into fame in 1966 

    with his hit song and album, "Sunny" talks Listen: 


    731 days of Bobby Hebb's 50th Anniversary of Sunny
    Publishing 1965Hit Record 1966
    365 days in 2015366 days in 2016, a leap year with February 29Today is Day #729

    Visit Bobby's iTunes page frequently!

    Bobby Hebb's Facebook Page


    Sunny The Song on Twitter 

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    Bobby Hebb's "Sunny" ringtone for your phone
    And check out: 
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    Send your CDs for possible review to:
    P.O. Box 2392
    Woburn, MA 01888 U.S.A.

    Wouldn't it have been something had a SUN RECORDS artist recorded SUNNY

    Bobby Hebb Twitter Updates January 1 and 2, 2015 Bryan Adams, Mieko Hirota, 50th Anniversary

    Sat, 01/03/2015 - 00:46

    Fiftieth Anniversary of the publishing of "Sunny"1965-2015 

     ·  4h 4 hours ago Bryan Adams talks about recording "Sunny" "It's such a happy song. It has five, six different key changesView summary 0 replies 0 retweets 0 favorites
     ·  23h 23 hours ago Great Japanese artist Mieko "Miko" Hirota and her "Sunny" … RARE MIEKO HIROTA SUNNY 'LIVE"

    Visit Bobby's iTunes page frequently!

    Bobby Hebb's Facebook Page


    Sunny The Song on Twitter 

    Bobby Hebb's Twitter 

    Bobby Hebb's "Sunny" ringtone for your phone

    And check out: 
    and our Facebook page 
    Send your CDs for possible review to:
    P.O. Box 2392
    Woburn, MA 01888 U.S.A.

    Fiftieth Anniversary of the publishing of "Sunny"1965-2015

    TOP 10 POSTS by reader page views January 2, 2015

    Fri, 01/02/2015 - 07:32
    Fiftieth Anniversary of the publishing of "Sunny"1965-2015
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    Rare LIVE version of Mieko Hiorta performing "Sunn...Jan 1, 2015
    Bobby Hebb Sheet Music Imagery / GALLERY OF SUNNY ...Feb 16, 2014

    The Marvin Gaye Collection MOTOWN DOES SUNNY!Jul 19, 2013

    Sunny 45 Back Cover text A SATISFIED MINDDec 27, 2014

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    Buzzy Linhart to talk about "Sunny" on WBAI FM Rad...Jan 1, 2015

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    Fiftieth Anniversary of the publishing of "Sunny"1965-2015

    Visit Bobby's iTunes page frequently!

    Bobby Hebb's Facebook Page


    Bobby Hebb's "Sunny" ringtone for your phone

    And check out: 
    and our Facebook page 
    Send your CDs for possible review to:
    P.O. Box 2392
    Woburn, MA 01888 U.S.A.

    Fiftieth Anniversary of the publishing of "Sunny"1965-2015 

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    • Bryan Adams, “Tracks of My Years” (Verve): The Canadian rocker takes on some of his favorites from yesteryear, ranging from the Beatles to Bobby Hebb (“Sunny”), with one brand new track.

    Buzzy Linhart to talk about "Sunny" on WBAI FM Radio tonight 10:30 PM Pacific time

    Fri, 01/02/2015 - 01:37



    Check out for the start of our 50th Anniversary Celebration  RARE MIEKO HIORTA SUNNY 'LIVE"  (circa 1974, though Mieko's studio version was in the 1960s)
    1)VISUAL RADIO Director Jay LaFond heard "Sunny" in
    grocery chain Market Basket in Haverhill, MA onDecember 29, 2014
    2) Buzzy on tonight 10:30 PM Pacific Time Radio Unnamable WBAI 1:30 AM TALKING ABOUT 'SUNNY" Eastern time

     In 1965 Bobby Hebb, bassist Ben Tucker and  drummer Bernard "Pretty Purdie" cut the original version of "Sunny" which led to releases by David Pike on the Atco album Jazz for the Jet Set as well as Mieko "Miko" Hirota, the "Connie Francis of Japan."  

    Today we begin a 2 year campaign of 50th Anniversaries ...

    2015  The 50th Anniversary of the publishing of the song "Sunny"

    2016 The 50th Anniversary of Bobby Hebb's 1966 hit record, "Sunny" on Philips Records

    731 days of fun starting today.

    365 days in 2015
    366 days in 2016, a leap year with February 29
    from Mieko, after 1974, though she recorded her studioversion in the 1960s
    Columbia Records

    Mieko Hirota - Sunny       Mieko Hirota - Sunny

    Mieko Hirota Ahh! Soul with SUNNY LIVE

    Fri, 01/02/2015 - 00:56

    Vinyl album above

    CD below

    Rare LIVE version of Mieko Hiorta performing "Sunny" post 1974 surfaces

    Fri, 01/02/2015 - 00:33


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    hit album BY Mieko Hirota


    Bobby Hebb and Ringo - plus the Bobby Hebb Impersonator

    Wed, 12/31/2014 - 01:23

    1960's article
    GO MAGAZINEPage 5 Bobby hot on trail 

    Bobby Hebb is still searching ... for the pseudo performer who is traveling the country, using his name. "This cat has cost me at least $6000 during the last few weeks," Bobby told GO. 

    "That's the money I've lost in cancelled bookings because I've had to keep on the go looking for him. "He has done shows in my name in California, Oklahoma, Texas and Louisiana. And every one of his shows had damaged my reputation. 

    "When I go on stage, the people in the audience expect me to play guitar, spoons and trum-pet as well as sing. They know that I put everything I have into my act. "But when the fake 'Mr. Hebb' does a show he sings a couple of songs and doesn't even sound like me. "He's been playing dates at $300 a night which is a lot less than I can command, and word has been getting round many promoters that 'Bobby Hebb' isn't all that great onstage. "That's why I'm determined to catch and stop this fellow. "All Mercury Records distributors and promotion men in America have been alerted to this, but he still manages -to get 
    Bobby Hebb with Ringo Starr during the last Beatles tour.  away with it. 

    "As soon as I hear he's been in a town, I fly there as quickly as I can. I talk with the show's promoter and the manager of the motel where he stayed. "They try to help as much as they can, but no one has been able to give me a definite lead. "I know he's driving a car, and if I could get the license plate number I'd catch him." 


    BOBBY HEBB will appear on the same bill with The Beatles Thursday at Suffolk Downs at 8 p.m. in the famed British sing-ing group's only New England appearance this year. The show is being presented by Frank Connelly of the Carousel Theater, Framingham. 

    BOBBY HEBB will appear on the same bill with The Beatles Thursday at Suffolk Downs at 8 p.m. in the famed British sing-ing group's only New England appearance this year. The show is being presented by Frank Connelly of the Carousel Theater, Framingham. 

    I'll - perhaps - crop this photo later

    Craig Fenton reviews PROUD SOUL HERITAGE by Kitoto Von Hebb

    Sun, 12/28/2014 - 05:22

    Kitoto- Proud Soul Heritage (Recorded 2013 and mixed in 2014)
    By Craig Fentonauthor of Take Me to A Circus Tent(Jefferson Airplane)  
    and Have You Seen The Stars Tonite (Jefferson Starship)

    In an industry filled with over-inflated egos it is extraordinarily rare that an artist seeks to open doors with their voice and not bloodline. 

    Kitoto is actually Kitoto Von Hebb, the daughter of Soul legend Bobby Hebb (tragically passed away August 3rd, 2010).  Bobby having written one of the most famous songs of all-time (Sunny) and toured with the Beatles could present incalculable opportunities to Kitoto but her soul (heart and voice) will successfully provide entry into any setting without the nepotism.

    Almost 40 years ago (1975) Bobby recorded Proud Soul Heritage.  As a tribute to dad, along with a powerhouse of a message to all of us with a heart it is only fitting that Steve Holley drummer extraordinaire (played and or recorded with Paul McCartney, Elton John, Chuck Berry, and Julian Lennon) is part of the recording.

    Kitoto’s version of Proud Soul Heritage is as good of a Soul song released in decades.  Current styles of music Soul, Rock, Country, etc. have nothing in common with the true meaning of those genres, especially the glory days pre-1980.  Kitoto has scholarly knowledge of what Soul was all about and how to share it with any generation.  Her voice resonates notes that turn into silk and the inspired lyrical delivery can bring emotion to the stuffiest of individuals.

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    Sunny 45 Back Cover text A SATISFIED MIND

    Sun, 12/28/2014 - 05:02
    Back Cover

    Bobby Hebb is the 24-year-old singer and songwriter that recently made the entire nation sit up and take notice when his recording of "Sunny" became the Number 1 hit of the nation. It shouldn't have surprised anyone, because Bobby Hebb is going to be one of the big names in the music business in the years ahead . . . both as singer and songwriter. To date, Bobby has written about 3,000 songs, 1,000 of which have been published. He is likewise a sincerely dedicated performer, a serious interpreter of every song he does. "Sunny" displayed Bobby Hebb as an interpreter of his own work. Here, he turns to a couple of other songs and shows that he can turn in truly inventive interpretations •ho-ever the composer may be. Bobby Hebb is a name that's been very much in musical news lately. It undoubtedly will be for a long time to come.
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     SunnyIf "Sunny" had been the only hit for Bobby Hebb, and that was quite nearly the case, it would be enough. One of the most popular compositions of all time, there were hundreds of versions recorded by artists around the globe in the '60s with many more materializing in the years since. But there was more to Bobby, who was 28 when his original version became a million seller, than meets the eye; at that point he had already spent 25 years in show business. Born Robert Von Hebb in 1938 into a music-obsessed family (his parents, both multi-instrumentalists, performed on the streets of Nashville in the '30s as Hebb's Kitchen Cabinet Orchestra), he and Harold (Hal) Hebb, his older brother by six years, worked together as a song-and-dance act starting in 1941 when Bobby was three, appearing at theaters and clubs in the Nashville area.

    In 1951 Bobby caught the eye of longtime Nashville producer Owen Bradley, who got him an audition with Grand Ole Opry regular Roy Acuff. The 12-year-old found himself in a unique position when Acuff, impressed by the youngster's varied talents, took him under his wing, hiring the energetic child as an Opry regular. He performed with Acuff and his Smokey Mountain Boys, playing spoons, tap dancing and doing occasional backing vocals. For an African-American of any age it was an unheard-of situation. In 1955, not yet 18, Bobby joined the U.S. Navy and made the rounds for the next couple of years as a trumpeter with a Navy band that played in many foreign ports. At about this time Hal Hebb joined The Marigolds, led by Johnny Bragg (former leader of The Prisonaires and a repeat inmate, through the years, at the Tennessee State Penitentiary); the group had a hit with "Rollin' Stone" on the Nashville-based Excello label in the spring of '55.
    Bobby played guitar in addition to the trumpet, a combination that kept him working steadily after his discharge from the Navy; he played on sessions for Excello and other labels. In 1959 he recorded a rousing, rhythmic version of "Night Train to Memphis" (written by Beasley Smith, Marvin Hughes and Owen Bradley, the song was first released on Okeh by his mentor Acuff in 1942). It became his first of two singles for former Nashville disc jockey John Richbourg's New York-based Rich Records. Bobby moved to New York City and spent a couple of years at the Blue Morocco Club opening for Mickey and Sylvia and other acts. During this time he wrote and recorded a down-home southern soul song, "Atlanta G.A.," which appeared on the FM label in 1961.

    When Mickey Baker moved to France around 1962, he and Sylvia Robinson put their career together on hold. During this time she did a recording with Hebb of his song "You Broke My Heart and I Broke Your Jaw" as Bobby and Sylvia for Battle Records; the easygoing arrangement contradicts the song's curiously violent lyrics. His manager, Buster Newman, got him in the door at Mercury Records and one single, "Just a Little Bit More," came out on the company's Smash subsidiary. Tragedy struck the following year when, shortly after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, his brother Hal was killed in a Nashville street fight. Bobby Hebb didn't make any recordings for some time, instead immersing himself in songwriting as a way to deal with his depression brought on by these unconnected, but devastating, deaths. During this time he composed the brightly optimistic "Sunny."


    Bobby Hebb was a one-hit wonder, and like so many of these guys, after making a splash, he spent a few years floating around aimlessly before sinking to the bottom, dismissed as merely a "fluke." There was a 35 year drought (1970-2005) where the Hebb-cat wasn't on black vinyl at all, with only the "Sunny" side up and available on compilations. "Sunny" was also his ticket to various memorabilia shows and oldies festivals where all he had to do was sing his hit and hope the fee covered a little more than just the travel expenses and hotel.

    Every obit on Bobby Hebb steals the basics from the same sources, so you probably know his parents were blind, he and his Nashville-born brother Harold formed a tap-dancing act, and that when they went their separate ways, Bobby turned up in Roy Acuff's band while his brother joined The Prisonaires…made up of other jail birds. Harold did get out of prison and into a real group, The Marigolds, but was never far from danger. And so it was, that in 1963, (coincidentally a day after the JFK assassination, and also Boris Karloff's birthday), he ended up knifed to death, but not before firing a fatal shot into the guy who'd mortally wounded him.

    Bobby had begun his recording career by then, replacing Mickey Baker (in "Mickey and Sylvia" of "Love is Strange" fame). As "Bobby and Sylvia," they recorded what is now regarded as a cult item, the cringeworthy "You Broke My Heart and I Broke Your Jaw," which has the same cheery feel as Dave Clark 5's "I Like it Like That." This was the era of the Spector-produced Crystals tune"He hit me, and it felt like a kiss," music by Carole King, lyrics by Gerry Goffin. Even so, the soulful duo are alarmingly garrulous as they swap barbs and seem to suggest that in the ghetto, violence is no big deal. Back then, Bobby's song was a mere Hebbaroid on the giant butt of indie R&B singles. Now the single on Bill Grauer's Battle label, can fetch some decent bucks on eBay. Grauer did a lot better back then with full-sized jazz albums via his main company, Riverside.

    In 1966, Hebb's melding of R&B, Nashville and pop, yielded a smash hit with "Sunny." Though it was covered by every annoying finger-snapping singer hitting the TV variety shows of the day, he managed to lay down the definitive version. He just couldn't lay down another hit single to cement his identity with the music-loving public. "A Satisfied Mind" was modestly successful in 1966, and a Hebb-penned song "A Natural Man" was a hit for Lou Rawls in 1971, a year after Hebb's album career sputtered to a seeming end with "Love Games" on Epic. In 2005, the indie label Tuition offered a new album which was aimed mostly at Hebb's following in Japan, where he often toured. He's still best loved for "Sunny," which is, even if you want to dismiss it as mawkish pop, quite an achievement as a piece that melds various music styles together, and in it's major and minor key chorus and verse, captures notes of both blues pessimism and pop optimism.

    You get a half-dozen Heb-caps here, five cuts from the tail end of his prime in 1970 (This Bird Has Flown, I've Learned to Love, Grin and Bear It, I'll Be Anything and Good Morning World) and a halfway decent copy of the obscure "You Broke My Heart and I Broke Your Jaw."

    Help Yourself to Hebb tracks

    Bobby Hebb Six Years on From Sunny article

    Sun, 12/28/2014 - 04:09

    Great Bobby Hebb article we already have, but it is up on eBay again


    with the Rockford Files

    Bobby Hebb's "Sunny" backed with "Summertime Blues" by Blue Cheer

    bobby hebb with blue cheer's summertime blues


    Country : Japan
    Number : FD-1018
    Year : 197?

    Side A. sunny / Bobby Hebb
    Side B. sumertime blues / Blue Cheer

    Bisera  "Sunny"

    Sleeve Grading: Excellent (EX) Record Size: 7" Release Year: 1967 Duration: Single Speed: 45 RP

    Bisera Valetanlić ‎– Dečak Taj, Ne Želim Takvu Ljubav, Sunny, Volim Ceo Svet
    Very RARE Serbian Bobby Hebb cover.


    TITLE : Volume 1                      Songs : please,see the pictures
    LABEL & CATALOG # : PolyGram CDNPM1681 525 3902
    COUNTRY : México
    YEAR : 1995
    CONDITION (visual grading) : Cover and CD Like New (see the pictures)
    OTHER INFO :  Hard to find !


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    Sonny Bono on Sunny and Bobby Hebb

    Sun, 12/21/2014 - 21:22
    ON HIS TV SHOW???