Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Bobby Hebb's THAT'S ALL I WANNA KNOW, recorded at the time (the week of the start) of the Iraq War


               "That's All I Wanna Know"

As you know, we at Bobby don't get involved with politics on this site.  The exception is that when Bobby flew over to Germany to record "That's All I Wanna Know" it was the same week as the Iraq war...and this album almost did not get recorded because of the threat of war.

Producer  Rüdiger Ladwig put together the deal with Tuition Records and the CD would issue in Europe (on Tuition) and America (on Allegro) in 2005.

I started working on the liner notes to That's All I Wanna Know when Andreas Schaffer, the A & R / Label manager at Intuition /  tuition records, a division of Schott Music & Media GmbH  contacted me on Monday, August 1, 2005 to give me the green light on writing those notes.

You can read those liner notes here:

The album arrived at Tuition Records offices on 
September 7, 2005.

This is the Tenth Anniversary week of the recording of
THAT'S ALL I WANNA KNOW by Bobby Hebb   
Dear MoveOn member,

The Iraq War began 10 years ago today. (March 19, 2003)

MoveOn members helped fuel the most significant antiwar movement in 30 years before the invasion began. We saw through the deception and refused to buy the warmongering that the Bush administration was selling.

bobby hebb
Bobby Hebb
b. Robert Von Hebb, 26th July 1938, Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.A.
d. 3rd August 2010, Centennial Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.A.

The singer, Bobby Hebb, who is probably best remembered for his Sixties hit song 'Sunny', has died. He was 72.
Bobby had been suffering from a long battle with lung cancer, and died at the Centennial Medical Center, in Patterson Street, in Nashville.

Bobby was born in Nashville to two parents, William and Ovalla Hebb, who were both blind.

He joined the Navy in 1955, played the trumpet in a jazz band, and later played and danced with Roy Acuff's country band, the Smoky Mountain Boys.

He was one of the first black musicians to perform on the Grand Ole Opry show in Nashville, and sang background vocals on Bo Diddley's tune 'Diddley Daddy'.
sunny - 1966 / bobby with the beatles - 1966
'Sunny' was a song covered my many other artists, including Georgie Fame, Boney M, Cher, Johnny Rivers, Stevie Wonder, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, The Four Seasons, The Four Tops, James Brown, Les McCann, Wes Montgomery, Dusty Springfield, Nancy Wilson, Classics IV, Marvin Gaye, Jose Feliciano, Earl Grant, Jimmy Smith, Mary Wells, Johnny Mathis, Chris Montez, Oscar Peterson, War, Dave Pike, Wilson Pickett, Musiq Soulchild, and even Leonard Nimoy (Spock from Star Trek), amongst many others.

Bobby often told the media that 'Sunny' was a response to the killing of his brother (Harold Hebb) outside a Nashville nightclub along with the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, which occured a few days prior to the incident.
When the song was a hit, it led to a touring schedule with the Beatles at the time.

Bobby penned songs for other artists including Lou Rawls, who received a Grammy for the song 'A Natural Man', which was penned by Bobby and Sandy Baron.

As an artist in his own right, Bobby had hits with 'A Satisfied Mind' in 1966 and 'Love Me' in 1967.
Love GamesThat's All I Wanna Know
love games - 1970 / that's all i wanna know - 2005

He released a couple of albums, including 'Love Games' in 1970, and 'That's All I Wanna Know' some 35 years later.
More recently Bobby had his own publishing company and label called Hebb Cats, and still continued to write music, touring in Japan in 2008.

Bobby is survived by a daughter and four sisters.
Bobby Hebb

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