Sunday, July 28, 2013

Hebb writer Joseph Tortelli talks to guitarist Gerry Beaudoin

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The Deadwax Record Show in Burlington Mass
featured Jay Geils (of the J. Geils Band), Duke Robillard and Gerry Beaudoin (formerly of Bobby Hebb's band)

Visual Radio's Joseph Tortelli interviewed Jay, the Duke and Gerry - and spoke with Gerry about his time with Bobby Hebb.

Video to post when edited by Jay LaFond


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Saturday, July 27, 2013

Mickey Gentile produced Marvin Gaye version of "Sunny", 1966 Motown

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From Joe Viglione

Just got a copy of The Marvin Gaye Collection in the mail off of eBay.  Great deal on it!  4 discs with David Ritz liner notes.

Ritz co-wrote "Sexual Healing" for Marvin Gaye, is currently co-authoring Aerosmith guitarist/songwriter Joe Perry's autobiography and did a bio on Marvin, Divided Soul

Here's what Ritz writes in the Marvin Gaye liner notes about
"Sunny" as recorded by Marvin Gaye


"Marvin is having a ball when in, in 1965, he tells the engineer, "Roll tape, I'm gonna KILL this one," before energizing Tom Jones' "It's Not Unusual."   "Sunny," also salvaged from the vaults for the first time, is sung with the same happy-go-lucky spirit."

Marvin Gaye
Produced by George Solomon (the boxed set)
Mastered by John Matousek at Soundworks West, Los Angeles CA

Sunny produced by Mickey Gentile 1966, previously unreleased


We're planning on Marvin Gaye's "Sunny" being track #18 on
Disc 1 of 

Proud Soul Heritage: The Bobby Hebb / Sunny Anthology Vol 1
An article on Mickey Gentile: 

Native Syracusan Jennifer Lambert and husband Mickey Gentile release Marvin Gaye single on Motown

March 31, 2009

This nugget comes in from proud daughter, Syracuse singer-songwriter Lisa Gentile.
The wife-and-husband team of Jennifer Lambert and Mickey Gentile have a single coming out today on Motown, exclusively on online.
The title is "Soulie," from the EP "Then and Now." It was written and performed by Lambert, Gentile and Gaye. Gentile also arranged and performed the song. They collaborated on the song in 1966, and it's never been released before this. It's coming out as part of Motown's 50th anniversary celebration and to mark what would have been Gaye's 70th birthday, on Wednesday. Sadly enough, Tuesday also marks the 25th anniversary of Gaye's death.
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Friday, July 26, 2013

Beautiful Rainbow in Woburn, Massachusetts on Bobby's Birthday 8:04 PM EDT

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At about 8:04 PM tonight in Woburn, MA there was a stunningly beautiful double arched rainbow ... it stretched over Route 93 and Route 95 in magical colors and stayed up there a good twenty minutes.
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Happy Birthday Bobby Hebb, would have been 75 today, July 26, 2013

Today in Music History, Friday July 26, 2013

Today in Music History - July 26

The Canadian Press
Fri, 26 Jul 2013 00:15:00 CST

Today in Music History for July 26:

In 1938, R&B singer-songwriter Bobby Hebb, who wrote and recorded the 1966 pop classic "Sunny," was born to blind parents in Nashville, Tenn. At the height of "Sunny" popularity, he toured with "The Beatles." In the 1950s, he played and danced with Roy Acuff’s country band called "The Smoky Mountain Boys" and became one of the first black musicians to perform on the Grand Ole Opry show. In 1971, Lou Rawls won a Grammy award for "A Natural Man," written by Hebb and Sandy Baron. In 2004, Broadcast Music Inc. honoured Hebb for six million airings of "Sunny." He died of lung cancer on Aug. 3, 2010.

In 1943, lead singer Mick Jagger of "The Rolling Stones" was born in Dartford, England. "The Stones" began billing themselves as the greatest rock 'n' roll band in the world in the late '60s, and few denied the potency of their blend of blues, R&B and teen rock. Mick Jagger's duet with Tina Turner was one of the highlights of the 1985 Live-Aid concerts. Jagger received a knighthood in 2002.

In 1943, Gene Autry, the world's most famous singing cowboy, joined the U.S. Army Air Corps. Autry flew cargo and supply planes over enemy territory in the Middle and Far East.

In 1949, Roger Taylor, drummer and founding member of "Queen," was born in Norfolk, England. Taylor founded "Queen" in 1971 with Brian May, Freddie Mercury and John Deacon. "Queen's" combination of glitzy stage shows, heavy metal and vocal harmonies appealed to both teenyboppers and progressive rock fans.


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Live in Montlouis at the Jazz en Touraine Festival, sept.11, 2008, David Reinhardt and the Rosenberg Trio perform "Sunny"...


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For Sale Band, Belgrade (Cover) 

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Rare "Back Home Again in Indiana" by bobby Hebb for DISC 3 of the Boxed Set!

the Bobby Hebb / Sunny Anthology Vol. 1

As we explore the recordings of Bobby Hebb on this historic Americana adventure that is the boxed set 

Proud Soul Heritage
The Bobby Hebb / Sunny Anthology Vol. 1 

we have discovered some treasures Bobby Hebb fans aren't even aware of, including a very rare rendition of "Indiana" or "Back Home Again in Indiana", covered by many, many  people... from Louis Armstrong to Jim Nabors (check out the YouTubes below) and many others.

This performance on CD #3 features Thomas Hebb, Bobby's nephew on standup bass and Bobby Hebb on guitar and vocals, from a concert recorded in December 17, 1998.
This blog will expand with more information about the song and a review of the performance.
Bobby gives a monologue before going into the song -  here's the text from CD3 as a preview to the wonderful shape of things to come.

Bobby Hebb speaks to the audience:

"Thank you very much, you know, years ago, when I was a little boy my parents would take me up and down a street called Indiana Avenue, they called it "The Avenue."  Some people wanted to watch people drive a race car, but there were other things happening in this town, there were people called Wes and Monk Montgomery* (plays some guitar) and it was in Indianapolis. I ran into some very hip musicians in Indianapolis. Also in a place called Evansville (plays more guitar)

*Wes and Monk Montgomery were known as "The Montgomery Brothers." 
Wes Montgomery went on to record a terrific version of Bobby Hebb's "Sunny"  (click to listen)

(starts singing) "When I dream about that moonlight on the Wabash...I dream all about Indiana home....


Back home again in Indiana,
And it seems that I can see
The gleaming candle light, still burning bright,
Through the Sycamores for me.
The new-mown hay sends all its fragrance
Through the fields I used to roam.
When I dream about the moonlight on the Wabash Then I long for my Indiana home.

(When I dream about the moonlight on the Wabash
Then I long for my Indiana home sweet home)

Back home again in Indiana...
(Indiana Indiana Indiana  home)

Lois Armstrong

Back Home in Indiana

Bob Scott with the Elite Jazz Band

Jim Nabors "Back Home Again in Indiana"
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Monday, July 22, 2013

Our review of "Sunny" by Toots & The Maytals live on

  • Original Release Date: December 20, 2011
  • Label: Measurable Music
  • Copyright: 1966 Portable Music Co. Inc.
  • Duration: 2:54 minutes
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This two minute and fifty-four second rendition of Bobby Hebb's "Sunny" is jam-packed with rock, reggae and a splashy psychedelic guitar, imagine Sly and the Family Stone in slow motion with a thought-provoking vocal and solid groove. The mix is terrific, swirling textures under a soulful lead vocal that brings this song into a wonderful new dimension. With over 1400 recorded (and YouTube) performances it is amazing that Hebb's masterpiece continues to find new flavorings and vibrations. The solid drumbeat here allows the backing vocals and rising instrumentation to weave an entirely new chapter for this familiar melody. Captivating is the only way to describe it. 

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Sunday, July 21, 2013

Les McCann plays SUNNY

Les McCann - 1970 Jazz on Stage Shelly Manne Club -1 Right On / Sunny

Les McCann rare live version of "Sunny"
7:05 in
28:47 1970, L.A. "Jazz On Stage at Shelly Manne Club": Les McCann (p, v) Jimmy Rowser(b) Donald Dean(d): upload-1: Right On / Sunny /
Sunny (Bobby Hebb)
Plays The Hits (1966)
Les McCann Trio (1989)
Talkin' Verve (1998)
How's Your Mother? (1998)
Les McCann Discography 

2:56 version of "Sunny" 
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Bernard Purdie Newsletter

July 22 Bernard is at the Irridium NYC with Frankie Cicala and Friends


Too hot to break it down in to specific states today.
July 11 –14th Nashville NAMM
July 16th Recording Falcon Studios, Portland OR
July  19th 7:30 pm Kraig & Pat Kastelnik, Tom Kozic, & Purdie on drums
        Rodale Room, Miller Symphony Hall, 23 N 6th Ave Allentown PA
        610-432-6715 for tickets.             
July  20th Detroit The Sessions Saturday 11 am – 5 pm Enrich-Educate-Empower for details admisssion, must register.     

July 22nd Irridum, NYC with Frankie Cicala & Friends

Aug 2nd 1 a.m. – 2:30 a.m. Sounds Of Brazil NYC    Bernard Purdie & Friends.... The Hudson River Rats

Aug 4th Musikfest Café, Artsquest Campus, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem PA
        Celebrating Musikfest’s 30th Anniversary with the Kastelnik’s & Tom Kozic

Aug 5th The Dutchman, Manahawkin, NJ w/Rob Paparozzi 
Aug 30th BB Kings Luciles  Bernard Purdie & Friends, featuring Rob Paparozzi, Miho Nobuzane, Tetsua Sato,
        Special guest 1st show Frankie Cicala.  Special guest 2nd show Jason “Malletman” Taylor
Oct 2nd Jimmy Maks Portland OR....Bernard Purdie & Friends..... David Haney, piano, Andre St. James, Base,
          Special guest Renato Caranto
Hope to see you at some of these events
Peace always
Bernard Purdie

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