Sunday, December 07, 2014

1966 photo of Bobby Hebb plus photo gallery

1966 photo of Bobby Hebb in British magazine

In the mid-1950s, while studying in Chicago to become a dental technician, Hebb recorded with the rock'n'roll pioneer Bo Diddley. Back in Nashville, he studied guitar with Chet Atkins and played on singles by local r'n'b artists Jimmy Church and Earl Gaines. In 1958, he made his debut as a vocalist on "Night Train to Memphis", but in 1961, he left for New York where he backed the rhythm'n'blues duo Mickey & Sylvia, and eventually replaced Mickey Baker alongside Sylvia Robinson, and was briefly renamed "Mr Clickety Clack" because of his spoon-playing.
Hebb admitted to interviewers that he had written "Sunny" "under the influence of Tennessee sipping whiskey, sour mash. I was intoxicated. I staggered in and started playing the guitar. I looked up and saw what looked like a purple sky. I started writing because I'd never seen that before. And when I finished, I was sober."
SUNNY was utilized in a play!


BWW Reviews: TWO TRAINS RUNNING Excels at Round House Theatre

Accomplished Director Timothy Douglas has done a masterfully job with this amazing ensemble. The show which runs three hours seems to fly by. Reggie Ray is responsbile for the period costumes and Dan Covey does the wonderful lighting.
Making the evening so memorable is the work of Sound Designer Matthew M. Nielson who has assembled a terrific bit of music used between scenes. And here they are: "Doin' Our Thing" by Clarence Carter, "Crumbs off the Table" by Glass House, "Everyday People" by Sly and the Family Stone,

 "It's a Man's Man's Man's World" by James Brown

"I  Turned You On" by the Isley Brothers, 

"Sunny" by Bobby Hebb, "People Get Ready" by The Impressions, "Cloud Nine" by Gladys Knight & the Pips, "Take a Look" by Aretha Franklin (the one number on the jukebox), "It's Alright" by The Impressions, and "Grazing in the Grass" by the Friends of Distinction. What great music and it helps with the mood.

Trip Tips: Nashville, the music lover's paradise

NASHVILLE Thu Nov 14, 2013 7:29pm EST
Nashville is a free-wheeling music smorgasbord. It's the home of country music but also of rocker Jack White and his Third Man Records, along with a flourishing R&B scene that historically included Jimi Hendrix and Bobby "Sunny" Hebb.

It's the kind of place where Vince Gill performs with a world-class symphony, is accompanied by pedal steel guitars and banjos at The Grand Ole Opry and drops in with his guitar "to pick" with friends at clubs.


The Bellowing Baritone Saxophone of Gary Smulyan

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The group starts out with a rip-roaring take of the Bobby Hebb classic "Sunny." Despite the innumerable versions you might have heard of this one, you haven't heard it with Smulyan's throaty baritone leading the way. His facility on this awkwardly sized horn, that seems to be as big as he is, is amazing. He handles its breathy demands like he has learned to harness the gust of a hurricane. Where as players like Pepper Adams, Serge Chaloff, Harry Carney or the large and lanky Gerry Mulligan seem to fit their horn, Smulyan somehow makes the horn fit within his more compact stature.

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Bobby Hebb (Robert Von Hebb)

"One of the nicest people that I had the pleasure of working with." – Nick Simper 
Bobby Hebb, who had been suffering from cancer, died at his birthplace of Nashville, Tennessee only days after his 72nd birthday.
Bobby, who supported the Beatles on their final USA tour in 1966, will always be best remembered for his much-recorded song 'Sunny'. His own version appeared in the Fab Forty alongside covers by Georgie Fame and Cher, but it outstripped its rivals, reaching #5 on 18/09/66.
The follow-up, 'Love Me', was picked as Paul Kaye's climber for 02/10/66, remained as a climber the following week and spent its third week on the Radio London playlist in the Fab Forty. 'I Love Everything About You' was Pete Drummond's climber for 03/04/67 and spent a week in the Fab Forty.
Bobby Hebb had his own publishing company and record label, Hebb Cats and continued to compose songs and perform until incapacitated by his illness.

Nick Simper's account of working with Bobby.
Bobby's website and his personal blogspot dated August 2007.

From SoulWalking RESPECT PAGE

this "lost in the 70s" blog has adult content
Sunny a été enregistré, entre autres, par Marvin Gaye, Boney M, Cher, Frank Sinatra (avec Duke Ellington), Ella Fitzgerald, James Brown, the Four Tops, Richard Anthony, Wilson Pickett, Stevie Wonder, Dusty Springfield ou encore Nick Cave, dans des versions pop, country, disco, instrumentales...
La version R'n'B de Bobby Hebb connut un immense succès et il fit même en 1966 la 1ère partie de la tournée américaine des Beatles! (Sunny a été classée par la BMI -équivalent américain de la Sacem- 25è chanson la plus populaire de tous les temps.)  
Pour l'anecdote, vous pourrez remarquer que le couplet et le refrain se terminent avec un motif de quatre notes tiré du thème de James Bond pour le film James Bond 007 contre Dr. No.

Fils de 2 musiciens aveugles, Bobby et son frère ont très jeunes apprit à danser et chanter, puis travaillèrent dans des clubs, studios de danse et théâtres de Nashville. 
Bobby, auteur et multi-instrumentiste, part pour Chicago où il joue avec les bluesmen Bo Diddley et Little Walter. Il apprend également le jazz dans la marine américaine puis obtient un premier succès avecNight Train to Memphis. Il part alors en tournée avec la chanteuse pop Sylvia Robinson, avant d'exploser au hit-parade avec Sunny. A Satisfied Mind (1966) et Love Me (1967) sont également des succès et Hebb écrit aussi pour d'autres artistes.
Bobby Hebb avait son grand retour en 2005 avec un nouvel albumThat's All I Wanna Know et continuait à écrire des chansons et à gérer son propre label, Hebb Cats. 


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