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“I’m biased but I just think she was the greatest white singer there has ever been…every song she sang, she claimed as her own”
- declared Elton John in 1999 as he inducted his friend, Dusty Springfield, into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame two weeks after her death. Really, who could argue with Elton on that point?!
Dusty, also a member of the UK Music Hall of Fame, released the album containing Bobby Hebb‘s soul gem “Sunny” this week back in 1967 on the Phillips label. The lp was originally issued under the title Where Am I Going, the standout title track from the Cy Coleman musical, Sweet Charity but altered in the U.S. as The Look of Love. The latter was a hit Springfield recording of the Bacharach/David composition for the James Bond parady film, Casino Royale.
Springfield, a fan of Hebb, had introduced many little-known soul singers to the attention of a wider UK record-buying audience. She helped usher in the Motown sound with her covers of Motown songs and by facilitating the first UK TV appearance for The Tempatations, The Supremes, The Miracles and Stevie Wonder on a special edition of the Ready Steady Go! show. Dusty opened each show accompanied by Martha Reeves and the Vandellas and Motown’s in-house band, The Funk Brothers. She rocks a joyous live version of “Sunny” here, check it out!
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.