Thursday, May 30, 2013

HBO Rock & Roll Hall of Fame - In Memoriam - Herman "Roscoe" Ernest

drummer for Dr. John

 On this Mardi Gras day, we mourn the passing of Herman "Roscoe" Ernest, one of New Orleans great drummers. Ernest has been the drummer in Dr. John's band since the mid-1970s. We worked with him last year for our American Music Masters celebration of Fats Domino and Dave Bartholomew--The Lower 911 were the house band for the night. It was such a blast to see him play. When Jason and I first met him at a Dr. John show in New Orleans in September,\


The Beatles and Liberace ...what did they have in common?

The Beatles performed on tour with Bobby Hebb
Liberace performed "Sunny" by Bobby Hebb

Coming this week:

Review of Behind the Candelabra

Review of the Liberace DVD

Liberace The Sound of Love, featuring "Sunny"

and Beatles Photos on the web! 


Ringo Starr is about to make some Beatles fans very happy; the iconic drummer is set to publish an e-book, “Photograph”, which brings together tons of never-before-seen photos of his childhood and bandmates. The images give an exclusive look into the world of The Beatles and of Starr’s younger days; they also include shots of the band while they were traveling on tour and give us a view of more intimate moments behind the scenes. Fans will be happy to note that  (click link above to read more)


By Joe Viglione / Sitting In
Posted Aug 12, 2010 @ 04:01 PM
Bobby Hebb was born in Nashville, Tenn., on July 26, 1938, but lived a good part of his life in Salem and Rockport. One of his first publishers was John R. (nee John Richbourg), owner of “Cape Ann Music,” a name that might have generated the initial seed for Bobby to seek out the wonders of this region. Or perhaps it was Bobby’s father that suggested Cape Ann as a wonderful place to live.
Either way, or both, Salem and Rockport enjoyed the presence of a musical giant best known for a song that must have over 1,000 “cover versions” at this point in time, the immortal “Sunny.”
On Aug. 3, just a week and a day after his 72nd birthday, we lost this unique, wonderful and quite amazing human being. One of Bobby’s sisters, Shirley, told me that Bobby was with 10 of his loved ones, including his daughter, when he passed away very peacefully at 10:50 a.m. Central time in Nashville.
Jerry Garcia said on the passing of Janis Joplin: “Death only matters to the person that’s dying. The rest of us are going to live without that voice. For those of us for whom she was a person, we’ll have to do without the person.”
It will be hard living without that friendly, upbeat, “sunny” voice calling me so frequently and always opening with: “How are you feeling, Joe?” Bobby and I were working on a new album, “Bobby Hebb Live,” going over the material he had recorded in concert over the past 15 years, but also we talked of the music of other artists, things of a philosophical nature and life in Boston and life in Nashville.
To those who drop in on Ted Cole’s Music, 30 Church St. in Salem, or the Record Exchange, 256 Washington St., you may want to look for an obscure 45 RPM on Crystal Ball Records. That single, “Judy,” was how I met Bobby Hebb after purchasing a copy in the 1980s at Cheapo Records in Central Square, Cambridge. I wrote to the Salem-based label and was pleasantly surprised to get a personal letter from Bobby Hebb himself.
It was in 1995, perhaps 10 years later, that I invited Mr. Hebb on to my public access show “Visual Radio” for program No. 3. A song from that 50-minute TV show, “Cut It Out (You’re Always Running Your Mouth)” was written by a school chum of Bobby’s from Nashville, Little Willie Brown. In the days since his passing thousands of people have viewed it, which is terrific for a very special reason: They are seeing the genius of the guitar player who did sessions for John Lee Hooker, Roscoe Shelton, Dave “Baby” Cortez and so many others.

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The general public just doesn’t know the importance and influence of Bobby’s music outside of the big, big all-time hit, “Sunny.” On the two minutes and 44 seconds of “Cut It Out,” you can view Hebb’s hands and intuitive feel of the guitar ... astonishing power that was up there on YouTube for people to view since Jan. 4, 2009, after airing on public access originally in 1995 and in re-runs in the years since. But that’s the problem, isn’t it? As a former booking agent said in a phone message to me, “You’re probably busy writing about Bobby, now that everyone suddenly cares about him because he’s gone.”
My colleague from California who left that message was partially correct. Yes, the world-at-large gives greater focus when people from the art and entertainment worlds have left this mortal coil, but there are some of us who knew of the brilliance of Bobby Hebb before he was taken from us, and who so appreciated his kindness and his incredible work.

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Joe Viglione reviews HERE'S LIBERACE


With one side almost 20 minutes and the other clocking in at 13 and a half, this MCA reissue of Here's Liberace, a concert performance recorded live at the Palladium, is what you expect from the maestro. After a little chatter about his jacket, he tickles the ivories on Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" and "I Got Rhythm." For those who underestimate the pianist -- don't. Liberace was more than running scales and showmanship -- his variations on Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht's "Mack the Knife" are tremendous here, mixing the pop song with Strauss, Beethoven, and other masters. His touch on the keys is as elegant as always, taking "Mack the Knife" again and turning it into a rhumba. The accompanying band is understated, the horns and percussion in the background allowing the piano to be the star of the show. There's self-deprecating humor that he's heard all the stories about himself and claims to have started them. That's quickly followed by gay humor preceding the tune "Jalousie," which brings the house down. The Paris medley contains "The Last Time I Saw Paris," "The River Seine," "Autumn Leaves," "The Poor People of Paris," and "Can Can," which are all very entertaining, but it is when he has the audience sing on "You Made Me Love You (I Didn't Want to Do It)" that the listener gets a glimpse of the greatness of pianist/performer Liberace. Clocking in at 33 minutes, the album is short and sweet, but effective.
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Sunny is not on this CD

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Sunday, May 26, 2013

Liberace performing "Sunny" on the Smothers Brothers TV show


 Sunday, May 26, 2013 8:59 AM  We received this e mail from Steve Keith, bass player for North Shore of Boston, Massachusetts group PRIVATE LIGHTNING (A & M Records)

From Steve Keith:
Funny in its own right, but will surprise you about ¾ of the way in.

GO to the YouTube 
5:17 "Somewhere My Love" goes into "Sunny" 5:29
The medley cleverly has an orchestrated intro to "Sunny"
at 6:00 it goes into another classic song - I think it's "More" but with Liberace's flourishes I have to evaluate a bit more.

Here's Private Lightning's biggest song, "Physical Speed"

Paul Van Ness, Guitar
Patty Van Ness, Violin
Adam Sherman, Vocals
Eric Kaufman, Keyboards
Steve Keith, Bass
Scott Woodman, Drums

Printer friendly product information for Liberace - The Sound Of Love from

Tracklisting / Additional Info:
1. Quando M'Innamoro
2. The Look Of Love
3. Honey
4. By The Time I Get To Phoenix
5. Tip Toe Through The Tulips With Me
6. Sunny
7. My Man
8. Live For Life
9. I Left My Heart In San Francisco
10. Bye Bye Blackbird
Year of Release: 1973 - 40 years old
Artist: Liberace
Title: The Sound Of Love
Record Label: Rediffusion
Catalogue No: ZS154
Country of Origin: UK
Language: Regardless of country of origin all tracks are sung in English, unless otherwise stated in our description.
Additional info: Deleted
Condition : All items are at least excellent condition unless we state otherwise so please read our descriptions carefully. We try to source items as close to Mint condition as possible, many will indeed be unplayed and as close to new as you could hope to find. Others may be 'used', however, all will meet our strict grading and are 100% guaranteed.
EIL.COM Ref No LI8LPTH491914 (quote this reference in any e-mails, letters, faxes or phone calls to help identify this item)


Chapter 11 : Bobby Hebb

Following a sleepless night, I met the others once more in Denmark Street where Bobby Hebb introduced us to his act. He seemed to have got over his disappointment at the lack of brass players and made a great effort to put us at ease. Most of his set was not too demanding, although I struggled at first with “Sunny”, which was built on an all-important bass line. 

Patiently, Bobby taught me the song note for note, pointing out the mistake that the studio bassist had made on the record. John Goodison proved to be a solid, reliable musician. He was a veteran player, leading his own outfit called Johnny B. Great and the Quotations, backing the Walker Brothers, probably the biggest act in the business at that time. 


I said a sad goodbye to Bobby at Heathrow Airport. A month is not very long, but during the intensity of a hectic tour, with people living and working in close proximity, it’s almost impossible not to forge some sort of bond. I never saw Bobby again, although we corresponded by letter several times. He never repeated his success, but “Sunny” went on to become one of the most covered tunes in the history of popular music – a well deserved success for one of the nicest people that I had the pleasure of working with. (Nick Simper of The Pirates)

  Bobby Hebb 

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Bobby Hebb on eBay Saturday May 25th Photos Galore

Bobby Hebb's material sells frequently on eBay, and there are fascinating photos
Sunny  by Bobby Hebb #1 on Cashbox  1966
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 Sunny by Bobby Hebb
Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye
Gary DeCarlo and STEAM

 SUNNY by Paul Mauriat appeared on the flip side of the Love is Blue classic

CD1 01. Drifters - Save The Last Dance For Me (2:30.37) 02. Fifth Dimension - Up Up & Away (2:41.18) 03. New Christy Minstrels - Green Green (2:10.20) 04. Seekers - A World Of Our Own (2:43.45) 05. Stan Getz & Astrud Gilberto - Girl From Ipanema (5:21.60) 06. Chris Montez - The More I See You (2:41.72) 07. Perry Como - Catch A Falling Star (2:30.60) 08. Al Martino - Volare (2:53.08) 09. Andy Williams - Can't Take My Eyes Of You (3:15.40) 10. David Parton - Isn't She Lovely (4:04.15) 11. New Seekers - I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing (2:23.10) 12. Neil Sedaka - Laughter In The Rain (2:47.55) 13. Christopher Cross - Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do) (3:53.35) 14. Trini Lopez - If I Had A Hammer (3:00.20) 15. Daniel Boone - Beautiful Sunday (3:03.25) Beautiful -- CD2 01. Maria Muldaur - Midnight At The Oasis (3:45.72) 02. Ray Stevens - Everything Is Beautiful (3:32.05) 03. Gladys Knight & The Pips - (You're The) Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me (3:45.38) 04. Juice Newton - Angel Of The Morning (4:09.37)
 05. Bobby Hebb - Sunny (2:46.73) 06. Springfields - Silver Threads & Golden Needles (2:14.55) 07. Charlie Rich - Nice 'n' Easy (3:03.57) 08. Harry Belafonte - Island In The Sun (3:24.30) 09. Frank Ifield - I Remember You (2:05.45) 10. Peters & Lee - Old Fashioned Way (3:47.25) 11. Nino Tempo & April Stevens - Deep Purple (2:42.35) 12. Maureen McGovern - The Continental (2:57.35) 13. Joe Dolan - Make Me An Island (2:54.55) 14. Jimmie Rogers - Kisses Sweeter Than Wine (2:23.18) 15. Bobby Darin - Mack The Knife (3:04.62) Read more at



PROUD SOUL HERITAGE is also the title of the forthcoming boxed set!

Friday, May 24, 2013

Bobby Hebb referenced in review of Yoo Seung Woo

Like the Beatles' "Hello Goodbye" or Bobby Hebb's "Sunny" before him, Yoo Seung Woo takes a simple sentiment and plays it up for full dramatic effect in his new single "Hello," released on May 8.

Sometimes the best ballads are simple.

Like the Beatles' "Hello Goodbye" or Bobby Hebb's "Sunny" before him, Yoo Seung Woo takes a simple sentiment and plays it up for full dramatic effect in his new single "Hello," released on May 8.
The song is from Yoo Seung Woo's album "The First Picnic" released the same day.
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Featuring the jazzy sound of major seven chords and a rhythm section that sounds like they just stepped off the stage of New York City's Blue Note jazz club, the song has a laid-back vibe, without becoming boring.

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Sunday, May 19, 2013

GERRY BEAUDOIN performing "SUNNY" Sunday night May 19 in Lowell, Massachusetts

SUNDAY, MAY 19, 2013

Former Bobby Hebb guitarist Gerry Beaudoin (currently in a trio with Jay Geils) will be performing with his quartet.  Beaudoin performed in a duo at the Malden Access TV party on May 11 and confirmed that Bobby Hebb's "Sunny" will be in the set at the Back Page tonight!

7 PM Sunday Night Gerry Beaudoin Quartet


HEY, VINYL RECORD COLLECTORS!  We pick up many of our vintage albums containing Bobby Hebb's "Sunny" and "A Natural Man" at this expo!   Tons of vinyl 45 RPMs, CDs and lots of LPs!

We have a table in the back of the room and will have copies of Bobby Hebb's LOVE GAMES, the SUNNY album and Lou Rawls Live (featuring "A Natural Man") at the event.  Talk to the editor about Bobby and Sunny The at this vinyl/cd event.   


...get up early and go to the Holiday Inn in Dedham for VINYL!  10 AM - 4 PM

The Original New England Compact Disc and Vinyl Record Expo presented by Randolph Music

Then, after the Vinyl expo, go to Lowell to see GERRY BEAUDOIN (guitarist with John "J" Geils and formerly with Bobby Hebb) at the BACK PAGE in LOWELL

7 PM Sunday Night Gerry Beaudoin Quartet

Award winning jazz guitarist Gerry Beaudoin ( 1992 NAIRD Award for best jazz recording, 1993 and 1995 Cadence Editors Choice Awards and placement on the Grammy Awards ballot three times in his career for his music) has formed the newest jazz group of his career. After decades of recording and touring the USA and Canada with the likes of rock superstar turned jazz guitarist, J.Geils of the J.Geils Band , blues icon Duke Robillard, saxophonist Harry Allen, jazz guitar legend Bucky Pizzarelli and a host of other jazz and blues luminaries, Gerry had to look no further than his own family to put together his latest band with his son Gerard 3rd on vibes. The father –son team is supported by Justin Meyer on bass and Phil Mcgowen on drums. A veteran of over fifty recordings and thousands of performances through the years, Gerry is very excited about his new group. “ Gerard, Justin and Phil may be younger than me but they light a big a fire under my playing and push my music and me to the limits. A combination of
youthful enthusiasm, their superior abilities on their respective instruments and a respect
for my guitar style and the presentation of my music make this a group that I know will
impact the jazz world.”  15 Kearney Sq, Lowell MA, Lowell, MA 01852  Call us: 978-455-4418




VOLKSWAGON and Bobby Hebb's "Sunny"
4 new versions of the song!
4 different cover versions produced by Tiziano Lamberti for Smash Music
(original version by Bobby Hebb)

This set contains 4 sounds, total time: 13.25



C’est le compositeur italien Tiziano Lamberti qui a ainsi décliné cette chanson en 3 versions différentes : rock, soul puis disco !

Translated to English

What is the music from the pub Volkswagen Beetle Convertible?

New Beetle Convertible limited edition 50's, 60's and 70's landed on our tv with her spot advertising screens illustrated by the famous title "Sunny" by Bobby Hebb.

The singer / songwriter Bobby Hebb was upset by two events and plunged into writing. That's when he found the inspiration to write the title "Sunny." The title is then recorded in New York and released as a single in 1966.

That same year, Bobby Hebb was in the front part of the Beatles. The song was a huge success and quickly propelled to the top of the British charts. Ten years later, the group Boney M decided to take this famous song.
Quelle est la musique de la pub Coccinelle Cabriolet de Volkswagen ?

La Nouvelle Coccinelle Cabriolet séries limitées 50’s, 60’s et 70’s débarque sur nos écrans tv accompagnée de son spot publicitaire illustré par le célèbre titre « Sunny » de Bobby Hebb.

L’auteur/compositeur Bobby Hebb fut bouleversé par ses deux événements et se plongea dans l’écriture. C’est alors qu’il trouva l’inspiration pour écrire le titre « Sunny ». Le titre est ensuite enregistré à New York et sort en single en 1966.

Cette même année, Bobby Hebb se retrouve en première partie des Beatles. La chanson rencontre un immense succès et se propulse rapidement au sommet des charts britanniques. Dix ans plus tard, c’est le groupe Boney M qui décidé de reprendre cette célèbre chanson.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Bobby Hebb Live, June 1998! plus Another Great Poster!

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1)Opening song

2)A Satisfied Mind
3)A Natural Man
4)Cold Cold Night
6)(Cute ditty about a mule)
7)Bobby plays the spoons
8)Finale song

Songs 1, 6 and 8 have are in our archives only from this live performance!   More information and a review soon!