Tuesday, July 08, 2008

July 8, 2008 Tuesday - updates

Bobby Hebb onstage in Watertown, TN with Denny Jiosa! at the Watertown Jazz Festival Saturday July 12th, 2008.

Denny Jiosa performs "Sunny" on his new CD Dreams Like This
http://cdbaby.com/cd/dennyjiosa with a special guest appearance by Bobby Hebb singing scat!

This is a fantastic new CD from Denny Jiosa - review will be posting here soon.Bobby is a special guest of Denny's on Saturday, July 12th, 2008 at the Watertown Jazz Festival in Watertown, TN. 5:15pm - 6pm - Denny Jiosa (5 pc)

MORE NEWS: Bobby will be returning to the recording studio in the near future.

Coca Cola has a commercial in Europe using one of Bobby's songs. More information soon.

News story below after the You Tube postings!

Bobby PERFORMED "SUNNY" at both presentations:

May 1, 2008 at the Tennessee Senate
June 1, 2008 at the 15th Avenue Baptist Church

We do not know if the events were videotaped but we are looking into it!

On May 1, 1949 Bobby was baptized and on May 1, 2008 he was honored in the
Tennessee Senate by Senator Thelma Harper's Resolution #913


Sunny on You Tube!

Tons of versions posted here:

1)Boney M's 1976 version Views: 1,590,929

2)Bobby Hebb's 1966 version Views: 136,974


3)Pat Martino & John Scofield Views: 448,358


4)Jamiroquai's version Views: 267,199 Click on photo to view it!

5)James Brown's live version Views: 450,813

6)Musiq - Just Friends (Sunn) (this is from the film The Nutty Professor II)
Musiq - Just Friends (Sunny) Views: 344,336

7)Marvin Gaye - "Sunny" Views: 120,475

8)Mark Chang performing Sunny
Views: 7,938
Here I am playing my own improvisational version (actually 2 versions) of the popular song "Sunny" originally written and recorded by African American singer songwriter Bobby Hebb in 1966.

Views: 574
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Tons of versions posted here:

"Sunny" has been recorded by, among others, Pat Martino & John Scofield with Joey Defrancesco, Boney M, Cher, Georgie Fame, Johnny Rivers, Stevie Wonder, Frank Sinatra with Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, the Electric Flag, The Four Seasons, the Four Tops, Wilson Pickett, Les McCann, Dusty Springfield, and The Alex Trio featuring David Wise. One cover, a disco version called "Sunny '76" was a hit for Hebb in that year.

Bobby Hebb recorded "Sunny" in New York City, which resulted in a tour with The Beatles for Hebb. It is one of the most covered popular songs, with hundreds of versions released.

This video was recorded March 2008 in Davis, California. At about 2:40 in the video you should notice a profound change in the rhythm and style of playing. I hope you enjoy it and thank you kindly for your positive comments.

-Mark Chang


Versions by The Four Tops (a rare practice prior to a TV show), Cher and Georgie Fame have been removed by You Tube. We are looking for those DVDs. if you have them, please send them. Hebb_project@yahoo.com is how to contact us.


On May 1, 1949 Bobby was baptized and on May 1, 2008 he was honored in the
Tennessee Senate by Senator Thelma Harper's Resolution #913

A SECOND SALUTE TO BOBBY HEBB ON JUNE 1, 2008 at 15th Ave. Baptist Church

Mr. Hebb was also recognized with a second presentation on Sunday June 1, 2008 -
the same declaration from the Senate presented at the
15th Avenue Baptist Church http://www.fifteenth.org/

The presenter was none other than James "Jimmy" Church who played with
Bobby in Mr. Church's group, The Five Seniors - later changing their name to the
High Fives and being formally produced by the honorable Hoss Allen from WLAC!

May 1, 1949 Bobby was baptized and on May 1, 2008 he was honored in the Senate by Senator Thelma Harper Resolution #913


By Harper

A RESOLUTION to honor and commend Bobby Hebb for his
contributions to the world of music.

WHEREAS, Tennessee has long been known throughout the world for its rich music heritage; from the hills of East Tennessee through Music City U.S.A. to the shores of the Mississippi, the talented musicians of this State have earned a reputation that is unsurpassed in the history of American music; and

WHEREAS, one such legendary musical talent is Bobby Hebb, a Nashville native, who achieved fame for the composition and performance of his 1966 chart topping hit, Sunny, which earned gold record status; and

WHEREAS, born on June 26, 1938, to William Marion Hebb and Ovalla Merriweather Hebb, the esteemed Bobby Hebb has been involved in the music business his whole life; and

WHEREAS, on his third birthday, Mr. Hebb made his professional debut as a tap dancer at the Bijou Theater in Nashville; he also lent his talents to a tap dancing trio called the Typewriter Brothers; and

WHEREAS, also in 1941, he joined the Jerry Jackson Revue, an all-black troupe that traveled through the South and the southern sections of the Midwest, appearing on theater stages and under carnival tents in front of racially mixed audiences; and

WHEREAS, Bobby Hebb joined the band at Carter Lawrence Elementary School in
Nashville where he learned the euphonium and studied many brass instruments under the tutelage of John Cecil Reed; and

WHEREAS, his innumerable talents at such a young age garnered him a place on Owen Bradley’s Nashville television show as part of the Owen Bradley orchestra;

WHEREAS, he was soon asked to join Roy Acuff’s Smoky Mountain Boys, where he
successfully demonstrated his singing, dancing, and spoon playing talents; and

WHEREAS, throughout Mr. Hebb’s illustrious tenure with the Smoky Mountain Boys, the group performed regularly on the Grand Ole Opry’s radio program and on Mr. Acuff’s own Opry Matinee television show; in addition, the artists headlined at Dunbar Cave in Clarksville and performed at the Astor Roof at the Astoria in New York; and

WHEREAS, as one of the pioneering African-Americans who appeared at the Grand Ole Opry, Mr. Hebb honors those spirited artists who broke the color line, such as DeFord Bailey and Pee Wee Marquette; and

WHEREAS, a driven artist, Bobby Hebb performed spoons on several Papa John Gordy 78’s released on Bullet Records, the oldest independent Nashville label, and on Bo Diddley’s Diddley Daddy at Chess recording studio; and

WHEREAS, Mr. Hebb eventually enlisted in the United States Navy which allowed him to play the trumpet and improve his guitar skills; on board a Navy ship, he played trumpet in a jazz band called the USS Pine Island Pirates and landed regular engagements at the Great Shanghai, a cabaret in Hong Kong; and

WHEREAS, upon completing his tour of duty, Bobby Hebb returned to Nashville where he commenced playing rhythm and blues and jazz with various bands; he played guitar and sang baritone for the Hi-Fi’s, wrote You’re the Only Girl For Me, performed guitar behind the Fairfield Four, and ably worked as a session guitarist on other artists’ recordings; and

WHEREAS, in 1958, he played guitar on a session for Roscoe Shelton that produced the Excello single, Something’s Wrong; and

WHEREAS, Mr. Hebb juggled a full schedule when he joined Kid King Combo, during which the group entertained audiences at clubs, did sessions for other performers, and recorded their own Excello material; he also played guitar for Excello rhythm and blues performers Earl Gaines and Larry Birdsong; and

WHEREAS, at the end of the 1950s, Bobby Hebb cut his first solo single for Rich
Records, giving the country song Night Train to Memphis a rhythm and blues treatment; he went on to record I Found Somebody in 1961, and traveled to New York City to perform at Blue Morocco where he fronted a house band and delivered such a hot mix of rhythm and blues that he earned the nickname Bobby “Mojo” Hebb; and

WHEREAS, with only a guitar and a microphone, Bobby Hebb showcased his diverse talents at several clubs in New York City during the folk music era; he shaped his stage routine by studying comic Pinkney Roberts and story-teller Bill Cosby; and

WHEREAS, penned Song-A-Day man, Mr. Hebb became a prolific songwriter, often
writing five or six songs in one day, including Cold Cold Nights, Betty Lou from Ohio, Sam Hall, Jr., and I Love Mary; and

WHEREAS, the single, Sunny, a quintessential pop-rock-soul-jazz crossover hit,
propelled Bobby Hebb to instant celebrity status as the song peaked at number two in Billboard and at number one in Cash Box; that same year he joined the Beatles’ 1966 American tour; and

WHEREAS, Bobby Hebb co-wrote A Natural Man with Sandy Baron, which Lou Rawls took to the top twenty in 1971; and

WHEREAS, the following year, he chalked up a surprise hit with Love, Love, Love, a song from the Sunny album, which climbed to number thirty-two on the British singles charts and set the stage for Mr. Hebb’s second tour of England; and

WHEREAS, during the 1970s, Bobby Hebb recorded the single, Evil Woman/Judy on his own Crystal Ball Records, recorded for Laurie Records, and wrote Proud Soul Heritage; and WHEREAS, today, Mr. Hebb records his own songs at Orpheus Productions in Massachusetts and continues to compose, adding to a formidable song total that numbers in the thousands; and

WHEREAS, in addition, he works on the educational children’s television series Alligator Lou and has appeared in an episode of NBC-TV’s Unsolved Mysteries; and

WHEREAS, it is fitting that we pause in our deliberations to join in celebrating the
numerous contributions Bobby Hebb has made to the music industry; now, therefore,

CONCURRING, that we honor and commend Bobby Hebb for bringing happiness to his countless fans and for playing a significant role in the growth of the music industry, as we wish him all the best in his future endeavors.