Welcome to the news site for Bobby Hebb, an extension of BobbyHebb.com. Check here for news updates about the recording artist who wrote and performed "Sunny", who co-wrote "A Natural Man", and who had hits with "Love, Love, Love" and "A Satisfied Mind." Bobby Hebb was one of the most gifted men of the 20th Century. His music is immortal and we will continue to bring the world information about this incredible man's work. Contact Editor Joe Viglione at hebb_project [@] yahoo.com
Nashville, 1963. Sunrise. Bobby Hebb, a 22 year old musician, is sitting
on his porch with his guitar, his sad gaze to the red morning sky. John
F. Kennedy had been killed on the previous day, his brother Hal had
died that night in a knife-fight. Suddenly the melody for a song
appears, one that would change the music world. Bobby Hebb writes Sunny,
the unforgettable song with words of hope and melancholic undertone.
From Stevie Wonder to James Brown, from Jose Feliciano to Marvin Gaye,
Aretha Franklin, and Shirley Bassey: they all love this song. Sunny will
be interpreted around 800 times, the most covered song in the history
of pop music. Regardless of country or culture it radiates life and is
an expression of universal love. One could fill entire albums with
Sunny. In France it is covered by chason artists, in Mexico by ska
musicians, in Brazil bosa nova versions appear.
The entire world knows the song, but hardly anyone its author, Bobby
Hebb, and his striking life history. Born in Nashville in 1939, the son
of blind musicians, he made his way through the night-club scene already
as a child singing and tap-dancing. In the 1950's he played back-up for
local country-and-western greats, was the first Afro-American to appear
on the stage of the famed Grand Ole Opry, and made head-roads otherwise
forbidden to black musicians. His breakthrough came in the in
mid-1960's with Sunny and his debut album. The Beatles took him their
last American tour a co-headliner. But his career ended quickly,
shattered by fame. Trouble with legal authorities, substance abuse, and
personal misfortune forced him to hang up his music career for good in
the 1970's. He went to work for the turn-pike authority and withdrew
into anonymity. But his musical legacy, Sunny, continued to inspire.
Hundreds of interpretations were recorded. In 2005 came the turning
point. At the age of almost 70, he recorded his first album in 35 years.
Another is due at the end of 2007. With his irresistable charisma and
vitality he will return to the stage, fill concert halls, and travel the
world again. And he'll play Sunny, with the same feeling as 1963.
The Sunshine you give portrays Bobby Hebb from his beginning in
Nashville to the tour of his upcoming album. Through the story of his
life, the story of Soul and R'n'B from the 1950's until today will be
explored. Parallel to this, musicians around the world such as Stevie
Wonder, Jamiroquai, Spanish underground musicians, and others will tell
us what it was about the song that fascinated them so much, what it was
about the moment. Whether Sunny gave them the sunshine back. The finale
will be on stage: Bobby Hebb sings with the other musicians a unique
unplugged version of the song to liberate the hearts of the audience.