Thursday, July 22, 2010

Bobby Hebb - Sunny (1966)

Produced by Jerry Ross and arranged by Joe Renzetti, "Sunny" emerged from a twelve-song disc released on the Phillips label, a division of Mercury records. Although Bobby Hebb is known as "the song a day man," he only composed three of the dozen titles included on this collection. The title track, of course, which was the song of the summer of 1966, "Yes or No or Maybe Not," and "Crazy Baby." The follow-up, "A Satisfied Mind," was also a Top 40 hit that year, but it wasn't until 1971, when Lou Rawls had a Top 20 hit with "Natural Man," did Hebb get another smash. A pity, and a definite statement about the music industry when a man as prolific and talented as Robert Von Hebb constructs and delivers pop tunes with a voice and feeling that crosses genres and ethnic boundaries. Kal Rudman himself penned the liner notes on the back of the disc (at the time he was R&B Editor of Record World Magazine, a publication still missed by the industry). Rudman reports that "Sunny" hit number one in Detroit and the surrounding area on the R&B, pop, and country & western charts. A monster smash, with covers by Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra with Duke Ellington, Star Trek's Leonard Nimoy, there is no doubt this is Hebb's signature tune, but according to Marty Balin of The Jefferson Airplane he has "a pocketful of Miracles," implying the author/singer who gave us "Sunny" has mountains of songs that the world needs to hear. The producer/arranger team of Ross/Renzetti also penned "Bread," the flip side of the first 45, and "Love Love Love" on this album. Ross and Gamble co-authored "You Don't Know What You've Got Until You Lose It," McCoy's "For You," and there's even Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil's "Good Good Lovin'." All in all, this is a very pleasant pop album that remains an important snapshot of an important artist at the peak of his powers. As Rudman notes in the liners, in 1950 Hebb was hired by Roy Acuff at the age of 12 to perform at the Grand Ole Opry, as one of the first black artists.

1966 LP Sunny (US Philips PHS 200-212)

A1. Bobby Hebb - Sunny (1966-US#2)
A2. Bobby Hebb - Where Are You
A3. Bobby Hebb - Got You On My Mind
A4. Bobby Hebb - Yes Or No Or Maybe Not
A5. Bobby Hebb - Good Good Lovin'
A6. Bobby Hebb - Love, Love, Love

B1. Bobby Hebb - A Satisfied Mind (1966-US#39)
B2. Bobby Hebb - You Don't Know What You Got Until You Lose It
B3. Bobby Hebb - I Am Your Man
B4. Bobby Hebb - Crazy Baby
B5. Bobby Hebb - Bread
B6. Bobby Hebb - For You

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Eye-Catching Video said...

Always loved "Sunny"! Bobby will be missed...

By the way, this is an awesome blog you have here. Mine is also dedicated to the oldies.

I'll be adding a link to your site soon. Thanks for posting this!

Anonymous said...

Great blog could you re upload Sunny
Thank you

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