Bobby Hebb and Roy Acuff

Bobby Hebb and Roy Acuff

Bobby Hebb and the Gamble/Huff Sound

Bobby Hebb and the Gamble/Huff Sound
By Joe Viglione

Bobby Hebb Biography

Bobby Hebb made his stage debut on his third birthday, July 26, 1941, when tap dancer Hal Hebb introduced his little brother to show business at The Bijou Theater. This was an appearance on The Jerry Jackson Revue of 1942 even though it was 1941, "that was how Jerry, a big man in vaudeville in the '30s, '40s, and '50s, did things" noted the singer.



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Bobby Hebb was one of the most gifted composers and musicians to ever walk on planet Earth. His musical genius touched millions and millions of lives due to the 1966 hit record that Bobby performed on the Beatles final tour, “Sunny”. “Sunny” is more than a song, it is the key that opens the door to the rich history that pours from the life of Robert “Bobby” Hebb. Such a masterpiece did not drop out of the sky by chance, nor did the stork deliver “Sunny” to the world. Like any pearl of great price the song “Sunny”emerged from Hebb’s search for a brighter day, out of the darkness of the JohnF. Kennedy assassination on November 22, 1963, and the passing of Bobby’s olderbrother and mentor, Hal Hebb, on November 23, 1963. The death of Hal Hebb, of the band The Marigolds, was not the sole reason Bobby wrote “Sunny”…as Bobby said on VisualRadio in 1995 he was “under a purple sky”. Bobby told this writer that he immersed himself in the 1961 jazz album from Gerald Wilson “You Better Believe It”


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