Friday, July 19, 2013

The Marvin Gaye Collection MOTOWN DOES SUNNY! - Mary Wells, The Fout Tops, Stevie Wonder...

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THE "SUNNY" MOTOWN COLLECTION "Sunny" is one of the few songs not written by a Motown staff writer or artist that was covered by multiple artists - the Four Tops with a studio rendition as well as a live TV practice; Stevie Wonder with a live cut on STEVIE WONDER LIVE and a studio version on the FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE cd. Marvin Gaye's track appeared first on his boxed set, The Marvin Gaye Collection, but it has found a new life as a re-mix. We bring you Motown Does "Sunny" including a version by Mary Wells who recorded "Sunny" after she left Motown. She's still a Motown artist and it adds to the "Sunny" legacy.

Product description
Album Features
Artist:Marvin Gaye
Record Label:Motown (Record Label)
Genre:Motown, R&B

Track Listing
1. Stubborn Kind of Fellow
2. Hitch Hike
3. Pride and Joy
4. Can I Get a Witness
5. You're a Wonderful One
6. Try It Baby
7. How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)
8. I'll Be Doggone
9. Ain't That Peculiar
10. I Heard It Through the Grapevine
11. Too Busy Thinking About My Baby
12. That's the Way Love Is
13. What's Going On
14. Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)
15. Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)
16. Trouble Man
17. Let's Get It On
18. I Want You
19. Got to Give It Up
20. Sexual Healing
21. Once upon a Time
22. What's the Matter With You Baby
23. I'm Yours, You're Mine
24. All I Got
25. You Can Dance
26. Rilleh!
27. So Good to Be Loved by You
28. Was It a Dream?
29. Steadies
30. It Takes Two
31. Exactly Like You
32. Teach Me Tonight
33. Let's Do It (Let's Fall in Love)
34. It's Me
35. Ain't No Mountain High Enough
36. Your Precious Love
37. If I Could Build My Whole World Around You
38. If This World Were Mine
39. Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing
40. You're All I Need to Get By
41. You Are Everything
42. You're a Special Part of Me
43. My Mistake (Was to Love You)
44. Don't Knock My Love
45. Pops, We Love You
46. Let Your Conscience Be Your Guide
47. Never Let You Go (Sha-Lu-Bop)
48. It's Party Time
49. Christmas Song, The
50. Down and Under When You Limbo
51. My Girl
52. It's Not Unusual
53. Sunny
Song Title Artist Time Price
Play   1. Sunny (Mercury Edit II) Marvin Gaye 6:23 Album Only
Play   2. Let Me Blow your Mind Shawn Lee'S Ping Pong Orchestra 3:48 Album 

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Marvin Gaye's original 2:53 minute version is also on A Collection of Various Interpretations of
Sunny Part II, followed by the Electric Flag's rendition (Buddy Miles on vocals).

1James Brown & Dee Felice Trio featuring Marva Whitney - Sunny
2Chris Montez - Sunny
3Les McCann - Sunny
4Shirley Bassey - Sunny
5José Feliciano - Sunny
6Four Tops - Sunny
7Marian Love - Sunny
8The Walker Brothers - Sunny
9Paul Kuhn - Sunny
10Trini Lopez - Sunny
11The Young Holt Trio - Sunny
12Marvin Gaye - Sunny
13The Electric Flag - Sunny
14Leonard Nimoy - Sunny
15Ella Fitzgerald - Sunny
16Gary Lewis and The Playboys - Sunny
17Jack McDuff & David Newman - Sunny

Joe Viglione's review of Vol 2:
As a follow-up to the 16-track
A Collection of Various Interpretations of Sunny, Pt. 1, Roof Music and Trocadero Records of Germany again unite to bring a second edition with even more elaborate packaging, featuring 17 additional versions of Bobby Hebb's classic song. The series is so popular that Hebb toured Germany in May of 2002, his second trip to that country in the span of a few months. There are some absolute nuggets here -- Marvin Gaye's superb rendition has only been available on his boxed sets, while the Electric Flag's monster version has an opportunity to be heard by those who missed Buddy Miles' vocal the first time around. The eight-page liner-note booklet features Bobby Hebb's photo from the '60s sheet music, and has an interview by Jonathan Marx in which Hebb explains that the song is about a sunny disposition. AMG's Bobby Hebb biography was the first place where this fact was published, many feeling the timeless song was written for God or Hal Hebb, Bobby's older brother, who was a member of Johnny Bragg's band. Ella Fitzgerald's terrific performance and Shirley Bassey's superb take, embellished by Bassey's Goldfinger-theme vocal style, are untouchable. Bassey's holding of the final note à la "Goldfinger" is more than a coincidence. After the line "Sunny one so true, I love you," Hebb slips in a subtle riff from the James Bond theme song.  READ MORE HERE:



Review by Joe Viglione  [-]

This is one of the rarer versions of Mary Wells music from the '80s, a generous 22-track compilation called My Guy which is slightly misleading, not only because the song referenced here is the disco version of her 1964 number one hit released 19 years after the fact, but because there are a variety of albums out there with the words "My Guy" attached to Mary Wells' product including a live DVD. Some of the material on this version of My Guy was recorded for a 1983 release on Allegiance Recordsentitled I'm a Lady: The Old, New & Best of Mary Wells, re-released on the 1997 14-track My Guy: The Best of Mary Wells on the Aim label, and also as a 15 track collection called Dance with Me on the Orpheus imprint. A true fan needs a score card as some of the labels don't offer much help in identifying who the players are or which part of Wells' career these studio performances were drawn from. Now to add to the confusion this compilation includes excellent material from the 1968 release on Jubilee Records, Servin' Up Some Soul, a disc that spawned the Top 65 hit, "The Doctor," which is very, very nice as it actually emulates the Motown sound that made her famous. Mary Wells Womack and husband Cecil Womack do a superb job of re-creating a Memphis/Detroit blend that fits her sultry voice just perfectly. Also from those sessions is the treat of Wells' take on two Jerry Ross' production masterpieces -- Bobby Hebb's "Sunny" and Jay & the Techniques' "Apple, Peaches, Pumpkin' Pie," the song Hebb rejected because of its novelty overtones. "Sunny" was covered by the Four Tops, Stevie Wonder, and Marvin Gaye at Motown and -- unlike other songs shared by artists in the Berry Gordy stable -- these renditions of"Sunny" were not merely the voices over the same backing track, separate tracks were cut for all the cover versions of this particular tune. So now you can add another super look at the song by a Motown artist, descending horns and drums playing against a funky piano give Wells the opportunity to get soulful with "Sunny" on this compilation CD that mixes quasi-disco with the R&B pop Wells is known for. "Apples, Peaches, Pumpkin Pie" is a good case in point in regards to the latter, with a driving '60s pop charge reminiscent of another Jerry Ross standout, "Love Love Love."  Read more here:

Hear Mary Wells sing "Sunny"

On Volume #8 of the Forimidable Rhythm & Blues series (on vinyl)


A1Mary Wells: Soul train2:35
A2Roy Lee Johnson: Boogaloo n°3
A3Bobby Lee: Cut you loose2:35
A4The Loveables: Just beyond my fingertips2:39
A5Moe Koffman: Funky monkey2:40
A6Jay Dee Bryant: Let me fix it for you2:23
A7Grover Mitchell: I don't want to hear it baby2:20
B1The Valentinos: The death of love2:20
B2Mary Wells: Woman in love3:13
B3Jay Dee Bryant: You don't know2:15
B4Jimmy Ricks: It's all in the game2:57
B5Alice Clark: Say you'll never2:43
B6Grover Mitchell: I'm still in love with you2:45
B7B7  Mary Wells: Sunny  2:20

Studio rendition of "Sunny" on
FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE lp,sunny,qu5mfp.html

Stevie Wonder SUNNY live


Live practice
On a TV show.  We'd like to know where this is from and if there's another rendition from the broadcast?  write to hebb_project{@}

The Four Tops - American vocal quartet, singing soul music. Founded in 1956 in Detroit and began recording in Motown in 1964. The uniqueness of the team based on the fact that being raised from a group of colleagues from one school survived without even a change of personnel for over forty years, still maintaining popularity among listeners of soul music.

In 1990 the band The Four Tops was introduced into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
SUNNY  Four Tops with Levi Stubbs  studio version

Click the above link to hear the STUDIO version of Levi Stubb's FOUR TOPS singing
Bobby Hebb's "Sunny"

Sunny b/w Daydream Believer
45 RPM from the Netherlands 

FOUR TOPS 45 in the Netherlands!

What an amazing array of Four Top covers



Track Listing - Disc 3

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream

1 3:08

2 2:30

3 3:09

Wilson Pickett

The Collectables Classics: The Immortal Wilson Pickett

Review by Steve Leggett

This four-disc, 47-track box set collects in a single package Wilson Pickett's first four albums for Atlantic Records, including 1965’s In the Midnight Hour, 1966’s The Exciting Wilson Pickett, and 1967’s The Wicked Pickett and The Sound of Wilson Pickett, which means classic sides like “Land of 1000 Dances,” “Mustang Sally,” “Funky Broadway,” and “In the Midnight Hour” (which is included in this set twice in the same recorded version) are all here, although a greatest-hits anthology might be a more concise and more efficient introduction to this exciting soul singer.

Joe V Notes: What is amazing is that Bobby Hebb played guitar (and wrote for) Roscoe Shelton; I firmly believe that both Otis Redding and Wilson Pickett got some vocal chops from the work of Roscoe Shelton.   ON Pickett's WICKED PICKETT album "Sunny" is song #3 while the hit, "Mustang Sally", leads off the disc.  Bobby Hebb - I believe - performed "Mustang Sally" in his set.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream

1 3:08 SpotifyRdioMOG

2 2:30 SpotifyRdioMOG

3 3:09 SpotifyRdioMOG

_________________________ BUDDY MILES
The Electric Flag

 The extended CD version has four additional tracks, Bobby Hebb's "Sunny" and "Mystery," both which appear on the self-titled Electric Flag outing which followed this LP, as well as other material which shows up on Old Glory: The Best of Electric Flag, released in 2000 read more here:


Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream

1 2:57

2 4:00
This makes for a heavier blues recording, co-produced by Brooks and Cheap Thrills album producer John Simon, who doubles on piano here (which he played on Janis Joplin's "Turtle Blues" on the aforementioned Big Brother & the Holding Company disc). The big revelations, though, are the cover songs, Dr. John's "Qualified" and an unbelievable version of Bobby Hebb's "Sunny," which Buddy Miles just encompasses and devours. The blending of styles is intuitive, as Hebb and Mac Rebennack/Dr. John had worked together on their own. Virgil Gonsalves' flute at the end of "Sunny" is frosting on the cake, but the key is that a song which was a smash on three formats -- R&B, country, and pop charts, and captured the heart of jazz musicians from Ella Fitzgerald to Pat Martino, gets this total reinvention here. As brilliant as Nick Gravenites is as a songwriter, it is Hebb's tune which is the centerpiece of this disc.

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