Saturday, November 26, 2011

Saturday November 26, 2011 SONNIE SONG OF THE DAY!

How do you say "Sunny" in German?

Here's a cute German Christmas song

Sonnie "Mein Sunny-Boy ist ein Schneemann" (German Version)

BONEY M performing the ENGLISH version of "Sunny"
Boney M. at the German TV Show "Disco " 02/05/77

Friday, November 25, 2011

Thursday and Friday November 24, 25, 2011 Luis Miguel

The Sun of Mexico sings "SUNNY" Friday November 18

LUIS MIGUEL, "SUNNY" Studio Version

Luis Miguel
Background information
Birth name Luis Miguel Gallego Basteri
Also known as El Sol de México, "Luismi", "Micky"
Born April 19, 1970 (1970-04-19) (age 41)
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Origin Mexico
Genres Latin pop, pop music, bolero, mariachi
Occupations Singer, songwriter, record producer
Instruments Vocal, piano
Years active 1981–present
Labels EMI Latin
Warner Music
Associated acts Frank Sinatra
Armando Manzanero
Manuel Alejandro
Sheena Easton
Website Official website

Luis Miguel Gallego Basteri (born April 19, 1970) is a Mexican singer.[1] [2] He is widely known only by the name Luis Miguel and is often referred to as "El Sol de México" (The Sun of Mexico).[3][4] Beginning his musical career in his childhood, Luis Miguel has won four Latin Grammy Awards and five Grammy Awards.[5]

Luis Miguel "Sunny"

Luis Miguel - Sunny Viña del mar 1990

Sunny - Luis Miguel - (Viña 1990)

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

HAL HEBB - 48 year anniversry of his passing 1963-2011

In Memory of Hal Hebb

Here's a story I published on Hal last year

Here's Hal singing with The Marigolds Rollin' Stone

Uploaded by on Jul 19, 2010

Originally known as The Prisonairs, who cut the legendary Just Walkin' In The Rain for Sun records while still inmates at the Nashville State Penitentiary with the songs author Johnny Bragg singing lead vocals. Johnny Bragg sings lead on Rollin' Stone, the groups first recording after parting from Sun - although they were still in the shovel - other members are Edward Lee Thurmon, John Edward Drue, Henry Jones, Hal Hebb, Willie Wilson and Alfred Brooks. Johnny Bragg died of cancer just under a year ago in Tennessee age 79; I, like many, am thankful for what he has left of himself

The above was written by "RareDooWop"
Johnny Bragg passed away in September 2004

TMR Zoo tribute to Hal Hebb

On August 3, 2010 we lost Bobby Hebb, co- author of a song that won a Grammy for vocalist Lou Rawls entitled “A Natural Man”, and singer/performer of a song on the Grammy winning album Night Train To Nashville, the modern pop classic “Sunny”.

Some say “Sunny” was written by Bobby Hebb for God, other reviews of the song claim it was for one particular woman, while still others reference the loss of Bobby’s older brother, Hal Hebb, on November 23, 1963, as a catalyst for one of the greatest songs in the history of popular music. On August 26, 1995, Bobby appeared on my television program, Visual Radio, and gave a clear description of how he wrote his masterpiece:

“I find it more psychological the way I was thinking…it’s your disposition…you need a lift, an up, that’s all. Sometimes everyone needs an up. So “Sunny”, to me, is that disposition, you need a Sunny disposition to get away from whatever, just as I said before, “amuse me”, “make me forget what I just saw man”, “I don’t wanna know, I know I have to know, but I don’t know how to deal with it right now. I will deal with it, I’m not running away from this. I just need a break.”

So this was the idea behind “Sunny” – (it) was (to) give me a brighter idea so that my emotions will not be as disturbed as they are. I need a calmer feeling so that I can balance myself and adjust and then continue forward, onward.”

That Hal Hebb, a member of Johnny Bragg’s group, The Marigolds, who hit the R & B Top 10 with “Rollin’ Stone”, means that he and his younger brother, Bobby, both performed on the Excello Label. But more than that, Hal was definitely young Bobby’s mentor, performing with Bobby on his third birthday at the Bijou Theater on the Jerry Jackson Revue of 1942. In 2001 Hal got some of his due, being referenced in the book “Just Walkin’ In The Rain: The True Story of the Prisonaires by Jay Warner (a six time Grammy Award winning music publisher and writer) on Renaissance Books. This writer conducted an interview with Warner upon the book’s release and got deeper into Hal and Bobby’s references in the author’s work.

As I write this, on November 23, 2010, I’m listening to transfers of performances of “Sunny” that Bobby recorded with me on August 26, 1995 as well as two renditions taped in May of 1998, right after the passing of Frank Sinatra, who also recorded the song (with Duke Ellington!). That Hal Hebb was an inspiration to and for Bobby, there’s no question, the influence of the older brother as an entertainer certainly helped pave the path for Bobby Hebb. Bobby was working on a song entitled “Low Tide” which he abruptly abandoned…the reason I gathered was that Bobby wanted to stay on the bright side of things. Interesting that in July of 2010 author James Sullivan would reference “low tide” in a piece on the song “Sunny” stating: “. ‘Sunny’ was a pop prayer for a better day, after a yesterday “filled with rain.” The gorgeous tune, which borrowed from Hebb’s jazz training in the Navy, his youthful stint as one of the first black performers on the Grand Ole Opry and his smooth-soul recording experience, appealed to listeners across the board. Initially turned down by every publisher he approached, the song would chart high on the country and R&B charts, reaching US No. 2 pop in the summer of 1966.”

The song “Sunny” actually hit #1 in Cashbox and I personally question Billboard keeping it at number two, especially with the memory of how Billboard Magazine tucked The Bee Gees April 1979 single, “Love You Inside Out” conveniently at #1 when CashBox and Record World had it at #2 – if memory serves – it gave The Bee Gees six #1 hits in a row.
Billboard Magazine is a tremendous resource and a wonderful “authority”, however, it is not infallible…keep in mind, the timeless “Louie Louie” was kept out of #1 by The Singing Nun (two songs, “Louie Louie” and “Dominique” which probably cost less than $100.00 to record combined!)

If any song deserved the #1 spot it was and is “Sunny”. Bobby toured with The Beatles that summer as well as with the Jeff Beck / Jimmy Page Yardbirds that same year, 1966, and the response to the rendition of “Sunny” Bobby performed with Barry & The Remains in Toronto on a bill with The Beatles August 17, 1966, which I listened to again this morning, has applause that is at the same level the Beatles themselves received onstage at that event.

Sullivan’s reference to “Just Walkin’ In The Rain”, the Johnny Bragg tune that Hal Hebb sang as a member of The Sunbeams and The Marigolds (who were Bragg’s band following the group that originally hit with “Just Walkin’ In The Rain”, The Prisonaires) is most interesting…Bobby Hebb’s “Sunny” seems to be the other side of the coin to “Just Walkin’ In The Rain”, along with the fact that it was on the label that pressed up Elvis Presley recordings, Sun Records. So let’s say that Sun Records and the reverse of “Just Walkin’ In The Rain” and sunny names for the older Hebb’s bands, The Sunbeams and The Marigolds, inspired Bobby, consciously or unconsciously, it’s wonderful to at least go back and try to discover the threads that helped form this magnificent tapestry that is both the music of Hal Hebb and Bobby Hebb, and the huge international smash “Sunny” itself.

James Sullivan again gives a good reflection in his piece of July 9, 2010, published just about a month prior to Bobby’s passing: “But just as his career was taking off, Hebb’s brother was killed. For months after the incident, “times were at a low tide,” the singer has said. Inspired by ‘Just Walkin’ in the Rain,’ he finally decided to write about the gradual emergence of the human spirit after tragedy.”

Bobby told me that he immersed himself in Gerald Wilson’s You Better Believe it album as a comfort during this great time of sorrow. Wilson’s disc is a textbook that I believe inspired the Pink Panther theme from Henry Mancini (“Sunny” itself including a sly nod to the James Bond Theme just after Bobby sings “Sunny, one so true, I love you” in the song).

Three years after “Sunny” hit in 1966 the group Classics IV had a huge smash with a song giving the flip side answer, “Stormy”. The influence of “Sunny” upon “Stormy” is undeniable – just listen to the mood and the bass line, with Dennis Yost’s Classics IV also recording “Sunny”. The two songs are paired on at least a couple of Classics IV greatest hits packages. So the songs all come full circle, the inspiration inspiring the inspired which, in turn, inspires some more. It certainly will continue for years to come and hopefully this little tribute to one of the influences, Hal Hebb, will be the start of your score card for the more wonderful music yet to come.

Years after Bobby responded to “Just Walkin’ In The Rain” on Sun Records with “Sunny” on the Dutch electronics’ company Philips Records label (what an interesting coincidence since the owner of Sun Records was Sam Phillips – with two l’s instead of one ), we have all these elements that contributed to the creation of a pop masterpiece enjoyed by millions and millions of people on this quickly spinning planet. Johnny Bragg, Sun Records, Gerald Wilson and…Hal Hebb.

Today is the 47th anniversary of the passing of Hal Hebb. You’ll find him listed on the credits of such compilations as “Vocal Groups: Classic Doo Wop or Street Corner Essentials as well as Excello Story Part II 1955-1957; you’ll find him in Jay Warner’s book American Singing Groups: a history from 1940s to today (page 281) – as Jay writes “Bragg formed a new Prisonaires renamed the Sunbeams that included Hal Hebb (brother of Bobby Hebb)…In 1955 the Sunbeams became the Marigolds and recorded in Nashville for Excello Records. The Excello released “Rollin’ Stone” became a number eight R & B hit…

Not as famous as his brother, certainly not as famous as John F. Kennedy (though their two names sometimes get referenced together because of their passing at almost the same point in time), but a man who did perform on a genuine Top 10 hit himself, and who deserves a lot of credit for helping to nurture the musical skills of his younger brother Bobby. Without Theo van Gogh his older brother Vincent might have not had as easy a time putting paint to canvas. Without Hal Hebb would the world be as “Sunny” ?

Joe Viglione is the Chief Film Critic at He was a film critic for Al Aronowitz’s The Blacklisted Journal, has written thousands of reviews and biographies for, and produces and hosts Visual Radio. Visual Radio is a fifteen year old variety show on cable TV which has interviewed John Lennon’s Uncle Charlie, Margaret Cho, Ray Manzarek, John Densmore, Felix Cavaliere, Marty Balin, Bill Press and hundreds of other personalities.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Tribute to President John F. Kennedy

Coming later today, Tuesday, November 22, 2011

A tribute to John Fitzgerald Kennedy, a major figure in Bobby Hebb's life

Wednesday November 23, 2011

A Tribute to Hal Hebb

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Sunny by Sinatra fan Friday November 18, 2011

SINATRA FAN Friday November 18, 2011

Sunny - Cover

R.I.P. Moogy Klingman

Moogy Klingman, co-author of the Bette Midler hit "Friends", passed away on Tuesday, November 15.

From the editor:
On Tuesday we lost my friend Moogy Klingman who co-wrote "Friends" - the Bette Midler hit with Buzzy Linhart, The connection to Bobby is that Moogy's co-songwriter also wrote with Sandy Baron, Bobby's co-writer on "A Natural Man" and "His Song Shall Be Sung". This site should have a statement from Mr. Linhart regarding Moogy, Sandy Baron and Buzzy's one conversation with Bobby Hebb when we had a conference call a few years back. I wanted Sandy Baron's co-writers to meet...via telephone. Rest in Peace, Moogy.

Here's Moogy at the Utopia Reunion "Friends"

Here's a "Sunny" song of the day in memory of Moogy - two different versions by Jose' Feliciano


"bad days are gone/now the bright days are here,
my Sunny one, so so sincere...Sunny one so true...I love you"

Jose' changed the lyric slightly on this live version from television
on the Rolf Harris Show in 1967 Read about Rolf Harris here:

From the poster:

José Feliciano plays Sunny on the BBC's Rolf Harris Show, 25 June 1967. Dig the guitar bongo action at the end.


Sunny by Jose Feliciano from the album "Feliciano!" (1968, RCA).

Our Sunny Song of the Day for Thursday, November 17, 2011

Monday, November 14, 2011

Different Language Versions of "Sunny"

Sunny Songs of the Day - Foreign Language Versions of Sunny

Monday 11-14-11

SUNNY in Japanese
Yoko Nagayama

Mieko Hirota
is this the first version of "Sunny" ever recorded in 1965?
Miko in New York

Richard Anthony / Argentina
Great production - like Dusty Springfield's

Luis Miguel

Version 2 Luis Miguel "Sunny"

Version 3 Luis Miguel Sunny

Viña del mar segunda noche 1990

Sunny in Italian by Nina

Another version of "Sunny" by Mina 2:53 into this medley


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Mina during her performance in the RAI's television programme Teatro 10 in 1972
Background information
Birth name Anna Maria Mazzini[1]
Also known as Baby Gate, Mina Mazzini
Born 25 March 1940 (1940-03-25) (age 71)
Busto Arsizio
Origin Cremona, Lombardy, Italy
Genres Pop, rhythm and blues, jazz, Latin music, Euro pop
Occupations Singer
Years active 1958–present
Labels Italdisc, Ri-Fi, PDU, EMI
Associated acts Adriano Celentano, Augusto Martelli, Bruno Canfora, Giorgio Gaber, Lucio Battisti

Anna Maria Quaini,[2][3] Grand Officer (née Mazzini; 25 March 1940), known as Mina, is an Italian pop singer. She was a staple of Italian television variety shows[4] and a dominant figure in Italian pop music from the mid-1960s to mid-1970s[5] known for her three-octave vocal range,[6] the agility of her soprano voice,[6] and her image as an emancipated woman.[7]

Sunday, November 13, 2011

A New Bobby Hebb Dot Com!

Bokutachi no yougaku hit Japan CD Bobby hebb  MHCP-190

Japanese compilation

Track Listing:
Music To Watch Girls By 2:38 Andy Williams
Sunny 2:44 Bobby Hebb
Ha! Ha! Said The Clown 2:28 Manfred Mann
A Hazy Shade Of Winter 2:20 Simon & Garfunkel
Wednesday's Child 2:14 John Barry
My Special Angel 2:59 The Vogues
It Must Be Him 2:51 Vikki Carr
By The Time I Get To Phoenix 2:44 Glen Campbell

some of these groups did covers of "Sunny" on the above CD

Sunny Italy - album cover

Too bad Dean didn't sing SUNNY on Sunny would be a collector's item now

Dear Bobby Hebb fans,

we are working on two new sites... and

Please bear with us while new text is being written and two new sites are being designed

We are also looking for different language versions of "Sunny" with the lyrics written out in a variety of languages.

Check out Yoko Nagayama performing "Sunny"

D.J.'s should consider a "mega mix" from many of the "Sunny" renditions out there.

Thank you

Joe Viglione
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The Bobby Hebb Boxed Set
a 4 disc, 3 CD 1 DVD authorized release for 2012

This amazing Northern Soul single, produced by Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, is going for TWO HUNDRED FORTY NINE DOLLARS...
You Want To Change Me b/w Bobby Hebb's "Dreamy"

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"Sunny" is an unexpected delight, maybe because Costa must have realized he couldn't (improve) the hit single by Bobby Hebb. Instead, King is given a chance to use her ultra-relaxed and in-control phrasing to give the song a whole new feel


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DJ Eleven Dance Remix of Sunny, Song of the Day Sunday November 13, 2011

Bobby Hebb's "SUNNY" remixed by D.J. Eleven


Remixed by DJ Eleven /


Saturday, November 12, 2011

Sunny Dance Remixes



Pre-master recording of the remix available at by Antificcion.
Astro Recordings presents Miguel Picasso feat. Cristie (aka Kristen Deva) - SUNNY
Enjoy this -in a better quality- and other songs at

Bobby Hebb's masterpiece of melody and song construction is getting the dance mix treatment all over the place...and we're collecting them for fans of this immortal song!

Watch for more remixes in the coming days as well as Electric Flag and other renditions! WATCH FOR THE ALL-NEW BOBBYHEBB.COM AND SUNNYTHESONG.COM WEBSITES...WE ARE WORKING ON THEM NOW!

KEEP IN MIND ... Just Friends/ Sunny was utilized in the Eddie Murphy movie
“Nutty Professor II: The Klumps” See our Nov. 7 posting for more details

There is a remix with 4 dub versions of this tune which uses the Sunny melody at the very beginning

Just Friends (Sunny) (MAW 12" Mix) 8:49
Just Friends (Sunny) (MAW Dub Beats) 4:15
Just Friends (Sunny) (MAW Dub) 6:02
Just Friends (Sunny) (MAW Instrumental) 3:59


Friday, November 11, 2011

Sunny Song of the Dany November 11, 2011

Melba Moore

Melba Moore is one of the backing vocalists on the original hit version of "Sunny" by Bobby Hebb

Sunny for Thursday, November 10

Tony Guppy 'live' @ Beat Club (Utsunomiya), Tochigi

This is very cool...avant jazz instrumental...very, very nice

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Wednesday November 9, 2011


Simply amazing.

Tuesday November 8
Ella and Tom Jones

Listen to the nuances in Ella's voice...Tom is in awe...and he should be!

Monday November 7

SUNNY (Just Friends) Musique

This was from an Eddy Murphy's a variation on "Sunny" called Just Friends...the singer is humming the melody of "Sunny" at the beginning...the rap is over the melody line of "Sunny" and variations...very cool...

The first single from this album titled “Just Friends (Sunny)” made it to be the soundtrack of Eddie Murphy's “Nutty Professor II: The Klumps”.
Not only gaining popularity through one song, but he also hit the spot through other singles such as “Love” and “Girl Next Door”. Both songs along with “Just Friends (Sunny)” received a wide exposure in US and frequently played in urban and urban

also found on this blog

Sunday, November 06, 2011

"Sunny" by Andy Williams

Pray for Andy Williams

"Sunny" is Track 10 on his April 1967 LP "Born Free"

William Ruhlmann reviewed the 1967 disc:
Williams reacted by dropping the bossa nova and the oldies and looked more to the recent pop charts for covers like Bobby Hebb's "Sunny." He even recorded "I Want to Be Free" (AKA "I Wanna Be Free") from the Monkees' first album. And he scored a Top 40 hit with a pop/rock arrangement of "Music to Watch Girls By," the tune that originated on a Diet Pepsi commercial and had been an instrumental hit for the Bob Crewe Generation. At a time when non-rock pop singers were beginning to be marginalized, Williams successfully threaded the needle, reassuring his older listeners while proving adaptable to current trends.

Singer Andy Williams says he has bladder cancer

The silver-haired "Moon River" singer missed planned performances this fall with an undisclosed medical condition and the theater announced recently that he would likely miss his holiday schedule as well because of the condition. The newspaper reported he has not started treatment, though it did not identify the person who provided that information.

Williams' appearance Saturday was a surprise and brought a standing ovation from a nearly full house. The golden-voiced singer had a string of hits in the 1950s and '60s, including "Can't Get Used to Losing You" and "Butterfly, but he is best known for his version of "Moon River." He earned 18 gold and three platinum albums in his career.

An Evening with Andy Williams: Live from the Royal Albert Hall 1978

Sunny Song of the Day Sunday November 6, 2011

Another Jam on Greg Howe's "SUNNY" backing track

Atanas Shishkov Jammin` on "Sunny"- Greg Howe backing track

Edward Brands performing SUNNY on the Greg Howe backing track

Saturday, November 05, 2011

A Tribute To Sylvia Robinson


Sylvia Robinson, a singer, songwriter and record producer who formed the pioneering hip-hop group Sugarhill Gang and made the first commercially successful rap recording with them, died on Thursday in Edison, N.J. She was 75.

September 29, 2011, 1:42 pm

Sylvia Robinson, ‘the Mother of Hip-Hop,’ Dies at 75

Sylvia Robinson, the singer, songwriter and record producer who formed the Sugar Hill Gang and made the first commercially successful rap recording, died early Thursday morning at a hospital in New Jersey. She was 75.

Ms. Robinson had a notable career as a rhythm and blues singer long before she and her husband, Joe Robinson, formed Sugar Hill Records in 1979 and served as the midwives for a musical genre that came to dominate pop music.

She sang with Mickey Baker as part of the duo Mickey & Sylvia in the 1950s and had several hits, including “Love Is Strange,” which was a No. 1 R&B song in 1956. She also had a solo hit, under the name Sylvia, in spring of 1973 with her own composition “Pillow Talk.”

Bobby Hebb paired up with Sylvia when Mickey Baker moved to Paris. The duo became BOBBY & SYLVIA performing "Love Is Strange" at the club The Blue Morocco and releasing a 45 RPM on Battle Records

Sylvia Robinson search:,or.r_gc.r_pw.,cf.osb&fp=9a60118571682f3b&biw=1024&bih=578

Sunny Song of the Day Saturday November 5, 2011

Greg Howe performing "SUNNY"

Sunny Song of the Day Friday November 4, 2011

Sing along with Greg Howe performing "SUNNY"
Instrumental backing track...terrific!

Sunny Song of the Day Thursday

Someone jammin' on Greg Howe's Backing Track to "Sunny"

Wednesday, November 02, 2011