Happy 50th Anniversary to Bobby Hebb‘s masterpiece “Sunny”. The tune was a worldwide smash during the summer of 1966 and is one of the most performed works of the past century. The song’s popularity led to a U.S. tour for Hebb as the main supporting act for The Beatles on their last commercial tour ever. It has been recorded by hundreds of luminaries including: Frank Sinatra, Steve Wonder, Marvin Gaye, James Brown and Jose Feliciano. Sunny one so true, we love you!
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A great singer, performer, and songwriter too (penning, Earth Angel among others), Jesse Belvin inspired many vocalists in the early days of of rock & roll, soul & R&B. Marvin Gaye, Harold Melvin, and Lou Rawls just to name a few.
Etta James called Belvin, “The most gifted of all…even now I consider him the greatest singer of my generation. Rhythm and blues rock and roll, crooner, you name it. He was going to be bigger than Sam Cooke, bigger than Nat Cole”.
Sadly, her prediction never came to be as Belvin‘s life was cut short after he and his wife were killed in a head-on car crash shortly after finishing a performance in Little Rock, AR on a bill with Cooke and Jackie Wilson. It was Feb 6, 1960, just a year after he had recorded his major label debut album for RCA, Just Jesse Belvin.
Groomed by his label to become the next Nat “King” Cole, Jesse and his A&R man Dick Pierce put together a collection of standards by Coleman/Leigh, George & Ira Gershwin, Oscar Hammerstein & Jerome Kern & others and started to define Belvin’s smooth, sophisticated West Coast sound.
We hope you dig the sweet spells of Witchraft.
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The early jazz ambitions of the great, Marvin Gaye are on display for this week’s Top Tune which was featured on Marvin Gaye’s 1961 debut album, The Soulful Moods of Marvin Gaye. This collection also marked the second long-playing album ever released by Motown. Marvin, a great admirer of early rock n roll, jazz and bee-bop, wanted to follow in the footsteps of Nat King Cole and Ray Charles and include “adult” material on his album which was in contrast with the teen-oriented R&B singles that Motown had been releasing to that point.
The jazz and pop standard “Witchcraft” which was penned by Cy Coleman and Carolyn Leigh, fit the bill perfectly. Gaye played drums and piano on this fascinating album which also included songs by Cole Porter, Irving Berlin and Rodgers & Hart. Berry Gordy produced the sessions and also wrote a stunner ballad for the lp called “Let Your Conscience Be Your Guide”. Marvin’s girlfriend and wife-to-be, Anna Gordy (Berry’s sister) co-wrote the rocker “Never Let You Go”.
So, here it is. The swinging beginning of a 20-year run on Tamla/Motown by one of the greatest singers of all-time!
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