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Legendary tough guy on and off-screen, Robert Mitchum was associated with the post-war film noir thriller. His heavy-lidded manner was a deceptively casual, disguising potent screen presence. Mitchum’s canon of antiheroes he portrayed on film during during the 1950s and 1960s (The Night of the Hunter, Cape Fear) are likely the blueprints for what led to Gibson’s Mad Max, Jean Reno in The Professional, Michael Douglas in Falling Down, and Daniel Day Lewis in There Will Be Blood to name a few.
What might be less well known are Mitchum’s forays into music as both singer and composer. His voice was often used instead of a professional singer when his character sang in films (Rachel and the Stranger, River of no Return, Lord Invader). Mitchum recorded an album for Capitol Records while filming Heaven Kows, Mr. Allison in the Carribean islands of Tobago called Calypso. A year later he recorded a song he had written for Thunder Road, titled “The Ballad of Thunder Road” becoming a modest hit.
In 1967 Mitchum’s follow-up record, That Man, Robert Mitchum Sings was released by Nashville’s Monument Records. Trekking further into country music, the first single “Little Old Wine Drinker Me” was a top-10 hit at radio. The album was hugely successful for the actor and includes a pop ballad composed by Mitchum entitled “Whippoorwill” in a style similar to Dean Martin’s county recordings. The liner notes are by Johnny Mercer who observed: “The same carefree attractiveness that you find in his acting, you will find on this Monument album. The same independence of spirit. What some would call a ‘maverick,’ I would call a ‘free palamino…’.” Dig track 3 from Side-B of that album, Mitchum’s laid-back take on Bobby Hebb‘s classic “Sunny”!
Contact & Licensing info:
“Sunny” written by Bobby Hebb and Published by Portable Music Co. Inc. (BMI). Contact: Damon Booth / firstname.lastname@example.org. Administered by Downtown Music Publishing. Contact: Sean McGraw / email@example.com. Master controlled by Sony Music Group.
Feb 01 2017
Happy birthday to Bobby Hebb! Celebrate with the 50th Anniversary remastered deluxe edition of his classic 1966 lp Sunny from the good people at Trocadero Records. Get the 180 gram vinyl & 8 page booklet or CD Digipak now plus the 50th Anniversary Collection (Various Artists 1966-2016) also available on 180 gram vinyl. Click HERE for more info and to order.
Sunny one so true, we love you!
Jul 26 2016
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!
Jun 26 2016
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Hey folks, summer is upon us so it feels like it’s about that time for another stellar take on the Bobby Hebb classic tune we love so much…SUNNY!
This week it’s none other than Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Paul Butterfield Blues band alumn, Blues Hall of Fame member, Northside of Chicago’s own scorching guitarist and composer, Mike Bloomfield. Bloomfield was discovered by legendary Columbia Records producer and talent scout John Hammond kicking around blues clubs with Paul Butterfield and Elvin Bishop in the early 1960s. He soon after gained wide recognition for his work as a session musician, particularly with Bob Dylan for his work on Highway 61 Revisited.
Bloomfield relocated to San Francisco and formed the short-lived Electric Flag in 1967. The Flag debuted at the 1967 Monterey Pop Fest and released A Long Time Comin’ in 1968 reaching #31 on Billboard’s Pop Albums chart. Sunny one so true, we love you.
Happy Summer everybody!
Master controlled by Sony /
Written by Bobby Hebb, Published by Portable Music Co. Inc. (BMI). Contact: Damon Booth / firstname.lastname@example.org.
Administered by Downtown Music Publishing / contact: Sean McGraw / email@example.com
Jun 08 2016