Posts Tagged ‘Epic Records’

Bobby Hebb – I’ll Be Anything For You

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It was Bobby Hebb‘s personal outpouring of grief over his divorce that’s been said to have fueled the beauty, anguish, and wistful hope displayed on his quietly influential 1970 album, Love Games.

“I’ll Be Anything For You” with an incredible arrangement by James Fleming and Dave Roberts, seeks to close that deal. The Love Games album came four years after Bobby Hebb’s monster 8 million selling single multi-format classic, “Sunny”, and a full two years before similar work by Gamble & Huff & The O’Jays. It would provide the template for the direction R&B would take through the late 70′s and early 80′s, music that one keeps for special moods, private times, and most of all, as David Morpheus points out on the original liner notes, for times perhaps when one is not in love at the moment but should be.

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“I’ll Be Anything For You” written by Bobby Hebb and Published by Portable Music Co. Inc. (BMI). Contact: Damon Booth / info@notablemusic.net. Administered by Downtown Music Publishing. Contact: Sean McGraw / seanmcgraw@dmpgroup.com. Master controlled by Sony Music Group.

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Buddy Greco – The Rules of the Road

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Buddy Greco has been performing in showrooms, symphony halls, nightclubs and on television specials for 80 years and counting. The Philly-born piano player and singer started out in Benny Goodman‘s band and worked his way toward successful solo recording contracts with Epic, Kapp, and Reprise.

Following close friendships with Sinatra and Marilyn Monroe including many Las Vegas appearances with the Rat Pack, Greco opened his own club in Palm Springs before settling in the UK. Buddy fell in love with the London scene early on in his career and can be heard performing with the London Symphony Orchestra and in cabaret appearances at Cafe Royal to this day.

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Contact & Licensing:
Master controlled by Sony Music.
Publishing controlled by Notable Music Co. (Cy Coleman) / Contact: Damon Booth – info@notablemusic.net. Administered by Downtown Music Publishing/contact: Sean McGraw / seanmcgraw@dmpgroup.com
Publishing controlled by Carwin Music Co. Inc (Carolyn Leigh) / Administered by EMI U. Catalog Inc.

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Bobby Hebb – Good Morning World

This week’s Top Tune comes from Bobby Hebb‘s stirring 1970 debut album on Epic Records entitled, Love Games. The man who became internationally famous for writing and singing “Sunny” four years prior, conceptualized a rich and introspective album heralding a new era for R&B.

Hebb had been in show business since he was four years old, touring the Southeast with the Jerry Jackson Review. He stayed with Jackson’s group for fifteen years, working summers and trying his hand at any and all musical instruments, becoming adept with most. In 1951, he played the Grand Ole Opry as a specialty act, billed as “Little Bobby, the Little Man with the Big Spoons”. Hebb also played spoons and other instruments in Roy Acuff’s band, would perform on a TV show hosted by legendary record producer, Owen Bradley, went on to sing backup on Bo Diddley‘s “Diddley Daddy” and even played a West-coast style trumpet in a United States Navy jazz band. All events providing a powerful prelude to Hebb’s writing and recording his all-time classic, “Sunny” in 1966.

Love Games would not enjoy the push that Hebb’s label-mates Sly & the Family Stone would get, but the album paints a moving picture of an artist who was on the forefront of an exquisite brand of soul music that would influence much of the direction R&B would take in the years leading up to Michael Jackson‘s Off the Wall album on Epic nine years later. You can purchase a beautifully remastered version of Love Games HERE.

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Contact & Licensing info:

Master controlled by Sony / http://hub.sonymusic.com/licensing/contact/
Written by Bobby Hebb, Published by Portable Music Co. Inc. (BMI). Contact: Damon Booth / info@notablemusic.net. Administered by Downtown Music Publishing / contact: Sean McGraw / seanmcgraw@dmpgroup.com

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