GUITARIST PETER WHITE COVERED 'SUNNY' ON HIS SONY CD PLAYIN' FAVORITES
Sunny The Song.com has conducted a series of interviews with legends and personalities who have been involved with Bobby Hebb or who have recorded "Sunny" or other Hebb tunes. Those interviews include but are not limited to: producer Jerry Ross, producer James Fleming Rasmussen, band leader Jimmy Church, drummer Bernard "Pretty" Purdie, U.K. artist Sophie, jazz guitarist Pat Martino, New Kids on the Block keyboardist and Bobby Hebb musician Yasko Kubota, Nat Simpkins and many others.
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JULY 15, 2014
INTERVIEW WITH PETER WHITE
CONDUCTED BY JOE VIGLIONE
Sunny The Song: When did you get the idea to record "Sunny" and who is performing with you on the rendition on "Playin Favorites?"
Peter White: It was actually producer Paul Brown's idea for me to record Sunny. Our friend Jeff Carruthers recorded the track at his studio and we later added Jerry Hey and his horn section at Paul's studio.
Sunny The Song: Have you played "Sunny" live over the years and, if so, when did you add the song to your repertoire?
Peter White: I have played Sunny live on many occasions after the Playin' Favorites CD was released (2006), adding vocals in the last verse from my keyboard player David Sparkman, which I thought was a nice touch and kicked everything up a notch.
Sunny The Song: In your touring did you ever meet or play on the same bill with Bobby Hebb?
Peter White: Never did meet Bobby unfortunately.
Joe Viglione/Sunny The Song:Was there a "demo that got the deal" for your 1990 album Reveillez-Vous on Chase Music ?
Peter White: There was a demo but it never got me a deal. I was turned down by every record company that I met with. I eventually financed the CD myself and got the deal with Chase Music Group through my relationship with Cliff Gorov from All That Jazz Inc. who was a radio promoter. He convinced CMG that he would get my songs played on the radio and he was as good as his word!
Joe Viglione/Sunny The Song: You have an extensive tour - Honolulu, California, U.K. and U.S.A. East Coast, do you have a specific set for each region or does an audience in one region want different tracks from your career?
Peter White: It's impossible to know what each person wants from a concert, let alone an entire audience, so I just make the best show that I can at the time. I don't change the set from one region to the next, but I might change it slightly depending on if it's a small audience or a large festival. The more intimate songs will work best in intimate settings of course.
Joe Viglione: Your bio says you are a Beatles fan, what was it like when you walked into the studio to have Alan Parsons recording you and Al Stewart for "Year of the Cat" ?
Peter White: Going to work at Abbey Road Studios was like walking into Shangri-La for me. This was the studio where the Beatles recorded most of their music, including my favorite- Sgt. Pepper's. I later saw a pic of the lads recording there and I realized that where I sat with my guitar was right in the middle of where they had set up to record the first Beatles album. I was sitting right between where John, Paul, George and Ringo had played when they were recording!
Joe Viglione/Sunny The Song: Bobby Hebb performed "Sunny" backed up by Emmy Lou Harris guitarist Barry Tashian and his Remains on the final Beatles tour in 1966 - it was interesting because while Bobby's song was #1 in Cashbox and #2 in Billboard in the summer of 1966 with that sterling Jerry Ross production, onstage he and the Remains did a rave-up that went on for about 5 minutes plus. Though it was first released in 1965 by vibraphonist David Pike, jazz musicians around the world have embraced the song, as have so many other genres. Why do you think the chord changes lend themselves so well to so many jazz artists (a) and why is the song attractive to you (b)
Peter White: (a) I think it's a great song and that's why people love to play it. You would have to ask a real jazz musician why it appeals to jazz musicians ha ha! 7(b) I just love the song- that's why I like to play it!
Joe Viglione/Sunny The Song.com/Thank you for your time and insight, Peter, and thank you for recording "Sunny."
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