Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Ray Donovan - SUNNY - some information you may not know...

"Sunny" cover by Octavius J Johnson and Kerris Dorsey (Ray Donovan on Showtime)

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Ray Donovan Sunny Cover by Octavius J. Johnson | Fromgirl
Sep 6, 2014 - I have not stopped playing the Sunny Cover by Octavius J. Johnson. ... Hopefully Showtime will offer fans a full track on iTunes soon enough!
Here is the breakdown on the versions of
"SUNNY' in the Sunny episode of
Octavius J. Johnson, the actor, is also a singer; this is perfect for him to release as a
download and cd single

Singer: Octavius J. Johnson
Basic Track: Marvin Gaye Mercury Mix II of "Sunny"

Track 1 edit of full "Sunny" all linked together  2:36

Track 2  4 indexes in between the breaks

segment 1   0:32

segment 2   0:25

segment 3   0:17

segment 4   1:19

Octavius J. Johnson Discusses ‘Ray Donovan’, Singing vs. Acting, More (EXCLUSIVE)

Could you tell us a bit about your character, and how you approach the role?
Just as an actor myself, and based on the craft, I looked at the first season and things I wanted to grow on. So I made some adjustments — some good adjustments, additions to Marvin Gaye’s personality over the person he was last season. It was fun to do that. It was a challenge as an actor to fall into Marvin more. As far as what goes on with Marvin this season, he sees Bridget more and they get to be themselves together. He does get to come back to Calabasas, and that doesn’t end up too well because Ray Donovan doesn’t like him too much, so that can get a little messy.

Do you have anything else coming down the pipeline that your fans can look forward to?
Just follow me on Twitter right now. My Twitter is @OctaviusJ_OLord and my Instagram is OctaviusJJohnson1. There’s a big thing I’m very excited to have a director’s session a few weeks ago, and I’m just working on some things. Like with Ray Donovan, it’s definitely leading to other things, so I’m grateful that casting directors know me when I walk in the room now. It’s a great industry-watched show as well, so it’s been great to be noticed.

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Fans are saying - this should be a single

it should

Clear sounding  1:21 version

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Monday, December 15, 2014

Bobby Hebb News update "Sunny" by Booker T & MGs INHERENT VICE directed by Paul Thomas Anderson


 Early in Inherent Vice, the latest film written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson — and the first authorized film adaptation of a novel by American literary giant Thomas Pynchon —
“I had laid a lot of temp stuff in the film. Some Booker T and the MGs; a version of Bobby Hebb’s “Sunny” (the Boney M cover of which of which did end up in Boogie Nights); there was some Thomas Newman stuff; he’s amazing with all those simple repetitive chords, and I think at the time I was really taken with what he had done on Unstrung Heroes. Once Michael and Jon and Patrick were working together, they tried stuff that was similar, and some of that stayed in the score. But things started to get more exciting when they brought new sounds, and started working with these eccentric instruments. Michael created a piece on the Marxophone, which is a fretless zither. A great piece was done on an Optigon, which worked on a similar principle to a mellotron, but used optical film sound tracks rather than audiotape. This was the biggest thrill: to hear new sounds not based on pre-conceived ideas I had. They managed to live up to the standards I’d created in my head — the movie scores that I wanted the music of Hard Eight to live up to: The Hustler, Chico Hamilton’s stuff from The Sweet Smell of Success. I finally got to use a Chico Hamilton piece, ‘The Sage,’ in Boogie Nights.”


Inherent Vice, based on the novel by cult favorite author Thomas Pynchon, follows one Larry “Doc” Sportello (Joaquin Phoenix), a stoner and private investigator who gets caught up in an overly-complicated scheme – driven by a mysterious MacGuffin known as “The Golden Fang” – involving his ex, Shasta Fey Hepworth (Katherine Waterston). The film was written for the screen and directed by P.T. Anderson, who previously collaborated with Phoenix on the fever dream-esque 1950s cult drama, The Master.


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    Wondering Sound-Dec 11, 2014
    Some Booker T and the MGs; a version of Bobby Hebb's “Sunny” (the Boney M cover of which of which did end up in Boogie Nights); there was ...


    Though the two albums encompass nearly every major song featured in the film; songs omitted are Nena's "99 Luftballons" (the opening of which is featured as the conclusion to the Rahad Jackson sequence); Sunny by Boney M; Andrew Gold's "Lonely Boy"; the intro of Jethro Tull's "Fat Man" from Stand Up; "Compared to What" by Roberta Flack; and "The Sage" (the cello piece heard at Jack Horner's home) by Chico Hamilton, Starland Vocal Band's "Afternoon Delight" (heard on radio when Eddie is visiting young girlfriend in her bedroom) and most of Michael Penn's original score. Ironically, the 1977 Heatwave disco hit "Boogie Nights" does not appear in the film or either of the soundtrack albums, due to Heatwave lead vocalist (and born-again Christian) Johnnie Wilder, Jr.'s reluctance to associate the song with pornography when it is really about dancing.[2]

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    Boston Herald-Dec 3, 2014
    Also on the bill: The Ronettes, Bobby Hebb, The Remains and The Cyrkle. We hope you're sitting down: The priciest ticket was $5.75. “Help!

Sunday, December 07, 2014

2013 Korean film used Boney M's SUNNY

KCS Korean Movie Night: ‘Sunny’

Director: Kang Hyeong-cheol
Cast: Yoo Ho-jeong, Sim Eun-kyeong, Hong Jin-hee
Running Time: 2 hours
Language: Korean with English subtitles  

Some members of the girl gang are happy to get back together, but others are harder to find in Kang Hyeong-cheol’s monster hit Sunny.
The film screened recently in New York as part of the Korean Cultural Service’s Korean Movie Night. 

If Cyndi Lauper floats your boat and you prefer Boney M’s version of the title song over Bobby Hebb’s original, then the film’s unabashedly 1980s soundtrack will be your catnip.

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1966 photo of Bobby Hebb in British magazine

In the mid-1950s, while studying in Chicago to become a dental technician, Hebb recorded with the rock'n'roll pioneer Bo Diddley. Back in Nashville, he studied guitar with Chet Atkins and played on singles by local r'n'b artists Jimmy Church and Earl Gaines. In 1958, he made his debut as a vocalist on "Night Train to Memphis", but in 1961, he left for New York where he backed the rhythm'n'blues duo Mickey & Sylvia, and eventually replaced Mickey Baker alongside Sylvia Robinson, and was briefly renamed "Mr Clickety Clack" because of his spoon-playing.
Hebb admitted to interviewers that he had written "Sunny" "under the influence of Tennessee sipping whiskey, sour mash. I was intoxicated. I staggered in and started playing the guitar. I looked up and saw what looked like a purple sky. I started writing because I'd never seen that before. And when I finished, I was sober."
SUNNY was utilized in a play!


BWW Reviews: TWO TRAINS RUNNING Excels at Round House Theatre

Accomplished Director Timothy Douglas has done a masterfully job with this amazing ensemble. The show which runs three hours seems to fly by. Reggie Ray is responsbile for the period costumes and Dan Covey does the wonderful lighting.
Making the evening so memorable is the work of Sound Designer Matthew M. Nielson who has assembled a terrific bit of music used between scenes. And here they are: "Doin' Our Thing" by Clarence Carter, "Crumbs off the Table" by Glass House, "Everyday People" by Sly and the Family Stone,

 "It's a Man's Man's Man's World" by James Brown

"I  Turned You On" by the Isley Brothers, 

"Sunny" by Bobby Hebb, "People Get Ready" by The Impressions, "Cloud Nine" by Gladys Knight & the Pips, "Take a Look" by Aretha Franklin (the one number on the jukebox), "It's Alright" by The Impressions, and "Grazing in the Grass" by the Friends of Distinction. What great music and it helps with the mood.

Trip Tips: Nashville, the music lover's paradise

NASHVILLE Thu Nov 14, 2013 7:29pm EST
Nashville is a free-wheeling music smorgasbord. It's the home of country music but also of rocker Jack White and his Third Man Records, along with a flourishing R&B scene that historically included Jimi Hendrix and Bobby "Sunny" Hebb.

It's the kind of place where Vince Gill performs with a world-class symphony, is accompanied by pedal steel guitars and banjos at The Grand Ole Opry and drops in with his guitar "to pick" with friends at clubs.


The Bellowing Baritone Saxophone of Gary Smulyan

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The group starts out with a rip-roaring take of the Bobby Hebb classic "Sunny." Despite the innumerable versions you might have heard of this one, you haven't heard it with Smulyan's throaty baritone leading the way. His facility on this awkwardly sized horn, that seems to be as big as he is, is amazing. He handles its breathy demands like he has learned to harness the gust of a hurricane. Where as players like Pepper Adams, Serge Chaloff, Harry Carney or the large and lanky Gerry Mulligan seem to fit their horn, Smulyan somehow makes the horn fit within his more compact stature.

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Bobby Hebb (Robert Von Hebb)

"One of the nicest people that I had the pleasure of working with." – Nick Simper 
Bobby Hebb, who had been suffering from cancer, died at his birthplace of Nashville, Tennessee only days after his 72nd birthday.
Bobby, who supported the Beatles on their final USA tour in 1966, will always be best remembered for his much-recorded song 'Sunny'. His own version appeared in the Fab Forty alongside covers by Georgie Fame and Cher, but it outstripped its rivals, reaching #5 on 18/09/66.
The follow-up, 'Love Me', was picked as Paul Kaye's climber for 02/10/66, remained as a climber the following week and spent its third week on the Radio London playlist in the Fab Forty. 'I Love Everything About You' was Pete Drummond's climber for 03/04/67 and spent a week in the Fab Forty.
Bobby Hebb had his own publishing company and record label, Hebb Cats and continued to compose songs and perform until incapacitated by his illness.

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Sunny a été enregistré, entre autres, par Marvin Gaye, Boney M, Cher, Frank Sinatra (avec Duke Ellington), Ella Fitzgerald, James Brown, the Four Tops, Richard Anthony, Wilson Pickett, Stevie Wonder, Dusty Springfield ou encore Nick Cave, dans des versions pop, country, disco, instrumentales...
La version R'n'B de Bobby Hebb connut un immense succès et il fit même en 1966 la 1ère partie de la tournée américaine des Beatles! (Sunny a été classée par la BMI -équivalent américain de la Sacem- 25è chanson la plus populaire de tous les temps.)  
Pour l'anecdote, vous pourrez remarquer que le couplet et le refrain se terminent avec un motif de quatre notes tiré du thème de James Bond pour le film James Bond 007 contre Dr. No.

Fils de 2 musiciens aveugles, Bobby et son frère ont très jeunes apprit à danser et chanter, puis travaillèrent dans des clubs, studios de danse et théâtres de Nashville. 
Bobby, auteur et multi-instrumentiste, part pour Chicago où il joue avec les bluesmen Bo Diddley et Little Walter. Il apprend également le jazz dans la marine américaine puis obtient un premier succès avecNight Train to Memphis. Il part alors en tournée avec la chanteuse pop Sylvia Robinson, avant d'exploser au hit-parade avec Sunny. A Satisfied Mind (1966) et Love Me (1967) sont également des succès et Hebb écrit aussi pour d'autres artistes.
Bobby Hebb avait son grand retour en 2005 avec un nouvel albumThat's All I Wanna Know et continuait à écrire des chansons et à gérer son propre label, Hebb Cats.