Thursday, May 31, 2012

Men In Black III - Sylvia Robinson's LOVE IS STRANGE

In 2009 Karla Domenica recorded Bobby Hebb's "Sunny" on her Live at Domenica's CD.  It can be heard here:
SUNNY by Karla Chisholm


Karla Chisholm has a new CD and "Sunny" is mentioned in a recent May 24 press clipping (though it is not on the new 6 song CD).  She played Washington DC last Friday night. We'll watch her upcoming dates and try to get a video of "Sunny" live from Karla!

She is performing in Virginia & Maryland in June


Blues Alley serves a second helping of Karla Chisholm's jazz vocals

May 24, 2012 -- 8:00 PM
Chisholm's "straight-ahead thing" grew wings with the release of her debut album, "Live at Domenica's" in 2009. In covers such as "Pennies from Heaven" and Bobby Hebb's 1966 hit "Sunny," this petite women in a sultry evening gown could belt out her songs much like Laura Nyro, or slide smoothly and deeply from note to note like one of her idols, Nancy Wilson. You hear it all in her phrasing and in a jazzy blend that she alone owns.

Alex Twist lists "Sunny" as a Top 6
29 May 2012 10:54AM
here is a personal playlist of french stuffs i love
Jacques Dutronc - on nous cache tout on nous dit rien
Nino Ferrer - Madame Robert
Michel Polnareff - Une poupée qui fait non
Les 5 Gentlemen - si tu reviens chez moi
France Gall - poupée de cire poupée de son
Eddy Mitchell - sunny (awesome cover in french of Bobby Hebb's classic)

Saxophonist Vladi Strecker on YouTube performing SUNNY


Robert Giegling ist es auch, der seit diesem Schuljahr den Chor des AAG leitet und mit den Sängerinnen und Sängern mehrstimmige, raffiniert arrangierte Kompositionen wie Elton Johns Welthit "Can you feel the love tonight" oder den im Original von Bobby Hebb gesungenen Evergreen "Sunny" einstudiert hat:


Bobby's friend SYLVIA ROBINSON is back on the airwaves with a new rap version of the MIB III hit   LOVE IS STRANGE!

I was in the gym on May 29, 2012 and heard the new rap version - Pitbull's "Back In Time" remix heard here:

To hear this fantastic song again on the charts is amazing in 2012.  Wikipedia notes the many versions, from Paul McCartney & Wings (Wings WILDLIFE lp) to Peaches & Herb and Bo Diddley.

Keep in mind that Bo Diddley co-wrote the song with Mickey Baker and Sylvia Robinson and that Bobby Hebb performed spoons on a Bo Diddley track, the flip of "Diddley Daddy"

LOVE IS STRANGE  #1 R & B 1956
#11 on the top 40  1956
"Love is Strange" was a crossover hit by American rhythm and blues duet Mickey & Sylvia, which was released in late November 1956 by the Groove record label.[1]
The song was based on a guitar riff by Jody Williams. The co-writers of the song are of some dispute. The song has also been recorded by Buddy Holly and Bo Diddley, among others.

Pitbull 'Men In Black 3' Song: 'Back In Time' Revealed As Blockbuster's Theme


And just as Jonathan Frid died on Friday the 13th (April 2012) before he could see the picture, Sylvia Robinson would have probably adored hearing her masterpiece twice in this fun space-age delight. Rapper Pitbull (a.k.a. Armando Christian Pérez) updates the Mickey & Sylvia classic and the original finds its way into MIB III as well. With Andy Warhol playing one of the Men In Black the Factory as a setting for alien shenanigans makes perfect sense…and will help attract the mainstream and cult fans of both Jimi Hendrix and Lou Reed


Sylvia Robinson, Pioneering Producer of Hip-Hop, Is Dead at 75  (Sept. 29, 2012)

Sylvia Robinson, a singer, songwriter and record producer who formed the pioneering hip-hop group Sugarhill Gang and made the first commercially successful rap recording with them, died on Thursday in Edison, N.J. She was 75.


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