This week’s top tune has a habit of popping up in many places, particularly on the pages of Notable’s site (it’s always sunny at Notable Music Co.). Often we’re guilty of highlighting many of the hundreds of artists who have recorded Hebb’s 1966 pop-soul smash. The tune stalled just short of the top of the pop (no. 2) and R&B (no. 3) charts in the U.S. and made it all the way to no. 1 or top 5 in most countries around the world.
This week we’d like to loop back and focus on the version recorded by the original author and the man himself, Bobby Hebb:
“Sunny is more than just a finger-popping staple. The song was written in the wake of a pair of tragedies that occurred within days of each other – the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and the fatal stabbing, outside a Nashville nightclub, of Hebb’s older brother Harold. With it’s haunting melody, pressing rhythms, and determination, in the face of the grief that inspired it, to look on the positive side of things, Hebb’s recording of Sunny captured the spirit of its time. If only implicitly, it gave voice to the mix of promise and betrayal felt by millions of Americans hoping for the end of the war in Vietnam and for the arrival of freedom and equality as augured by the movement for civil rights”. –Bill Friskics-Warren, The Oxford American.
Perhaps this is a voice that rings as true this summer as it did then.
On this week in music history 1966, as Sunny climbed the charts, The Beatles wrapped up a tour of the U.S. with supporting acts Bobby Hebb, The Remains, The Cyrkle and The Ronettes. August 28 (Dodger Stadium) and August 29 (Candlestick Park) 1966 would end up being The Beatles’ last official live concerts. Their only other live appearance would be an unannounced performance on the rooftop of the Apple building in January of 1969.
Contact & Licensing info:
“Sunny” was written by Bobby Hebb. Published by Portable Music Co. (BMI). Contact: Damon Booth / firstname.lastname@example.org. Administered by Downtown Music Publishing. Contact: Sean McGraw / email@example.com. Master controlled by Universal Music Group. Contact: Doug James / firstname.lastname@example.org