Recorded in Detroit during the summer of 1967 at Hitsville Studio A, Stevie Wonder‘s version of the great Bobby Hebb crossover hit “Sunny” is this weeks Top Tune. Motown waited until the Spring of 1968 to release the first of three singles before dropping the album that included “Sunny” at the end of the year. First came “Shoo-Be-Doo-Be-Doo-Da-Day” #1 R&B, followed by “You Met Your Match” #2 R&B then finally the title track to the album Stevie’s monster hit, “For Once In My Life” #2 Pop & R&B.
Hebb was said to have written the song looking for a brighter day following the assassination of John F. Kennedy and the death of his brother in a knife fight outside a Nashville nightclub the following day. Recorded by Bobby Hebb and released in 1966, “Sunny” went on to become a worldwide smash leading to a tour of the U.S. with The Beatles. BMI rated “Sunny” number 25 in its “Top 100 songs of the 20th century”. The song’s uplifting message struck a huge chord and hundreds of hit cover versions by Frank Sinatra, James Brown, Marvin Gaye, Dusty Springfield, Ella Fitzgerald, Musiq Soulchild, to recent versions by Lee Fields & The Dap-kings and Toots and the Maytals. This week we needed to share Stevie’s version complete with harmonica solo y’all.
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