Saturday, September 27, 2014

Bobby Hebb's autograph to his bandmate Bill Root of THE PINE ISLAND PIRATES

Bobby Hebb's friend, Bill Root, recently passed on. Here's a photo Bobby autographed to Bill - To: Bill Root. Thanks for teaching guitar aboard the U.S.S. Pine Island, Sincerely Bobby Hebb. Bill cherished this photo. I'm glad I have this xerox copy to share. Bobby and Bill had a band, THE PINE ISLAND PIRATES which played for Chiang Kai-shek and his wife, Madam Chiang Kai-shek (nee Soong May-ling or Soong Mei-ling)


The boat was the U.S.S. Pine Island AV-12

Here's additional information

USS Pine Island (AV-12), a Currituck-classseaplane tender, is the only ship of the United States Navy to hold this name. The ship was named after Pine Island Sound (off the coast ofLee County, Florida).
Pine Island was laid down on 16 November 1942 at the Todd Pacific Shipyards Corporation, in San Pedro, California; launched on 26 February 1944, sponsored by Mrs. Knefler McGinnis; and commissioned on 26 April 1945, CommanderHenry Titus Hodgskin in command.

from Wikipedia


Picture of the boat Bobby Hebb served on in the Navy, the U.S.S. Pine Island AV-12. Bobby was born July 6, 1938, so he was probably 20 years of age when he performed for Chiang Kai-shek and his wife with the band THE PINE ISLAND PIRATES. From Wikipedia:
Sailing for WestPac in May 1958, she visited Bangkok, Thailand, and was at Kaohsiung, Taiwan, during the Second Taiwan Strait Crisis. She returned to San Diego in December, and departed for WestPac in June 1959. During 1960 and 1961 she continued her Pacific duties.


Other crew mates of Bobby Hebb who 

submitted their names to this U.S. Navy list site

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Night Train To Nashville 10th Anniversary Celebration with the song "Sunny"

Photo from the “Night Train to Nashville” 10th anniversary concert. (July 30, 2014 at the Factory at Franklin – near Nashville.) At the end of the sold-out show, most of the cast gathered on stage to perform “Sunny” in tribute to Bobby. Members of Bobby’s family were in attendance. Jimmy Church (bandleader), the Fairfield Four, Clifford Curry, the McCrary Sisters, and the Valentines were among those who performed “Sunny.”
(Photo courtesy of Michael Gray,  Museum Editor at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.)

Bobby Hebb's version of "Night Train To Memphis" is key here.   Bobby performed in Roy Acuff's group.

  in 1998 "A Satisfied Mind" was licensed by theCountry Music Foundation for the Warner Brothers 3 CD boxed set "FromWhere I Stand: The Black Experience In Country Music.

Hebb's 'Sunny' future

Songwriter set to depart Rockport

By Lisa Capone
Globe Correspondent / March 11, 2004
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'Dolce" is Italian for ''sweet," but the ambience in Gloucester's Caffe Dolce was anything but one recent Monday morning. As a dozen men in blue-collar garb shouted hoarsely back and forth in Italian, Rockport's Bobby Hebb strained to be heard above the din. (Full Article: 975 Words)

Night Train to Memphis licencsed to Warner 

Brothers  for the classic 3 CD set

The Black Experience in Country Music



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Monday, September 22, 2014

You Want To Change Me - Bobby Hebb

Listen to the RETROBRATES cover Wilson Pickett's rendition of "Sunny" with a girl vocalist

Published on Jul 11, 2012  

The Retrobates performing a cover of 

Wilson Pickett's tune Sunny, Live at the 

Albion in Kingston. Featuring: 

Holly Hawthorn (Vocals), Lawrence 

Penfold (Guitar), Craig Lowe (Bass), Scott 

Clark (Drums).

Bobby Hebb - You Want To Change Me

And here's the classic E.P.

SUNNY on TIME LIFE, Track #3

Thursday, September 18, 2014

New Bill Cosby book "His Life and Times" plus TMRZoo picks up our Ray Donovan "Sunny" story

Huffington Post

New Book Says Bill Cosby's Jokes Masked Pain
Journalist Mark Whitaker, author of the new book Cosby: His Life and Times, talks with The Root Editor-in-Chief Henry Louis Gates Jr. in a wide-ranging interview. Whitaker says comedian Bill Cosby became an accidental role model for him at a critical point in his childhood after his father left his family. He recalls embarking on a subconscious search for a black male role model when he stumbled upon a Cosby comedy album. 

  • As a kid he shined shoes, bagged groceries and delivered newspapers
  • He was determined to build a nest egg...he's now worth half a billion dollars 


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    The series Ray Donovan is a real find with visual textures that take the Soprano’s into 2014, and similarly-styled plot distancing that comes together in an effective and powerful way.

    The theme of “Sunny” (the episode) is actually how the song brings some light to a very dark chunk of this series, but there are also parallels to the family structure – sons and fathers – so it could also be called “Sonny” – which is the double entendre at play throughout.


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    Wednesday, September 17, 2014

    ABC TV's SCANDAL starts the new season with "SUNNY"

    "Sunny" will be used in the premier of the TV series SCANDAL on Sept 25th, ABC Network.

    "Scandal" Season 4 Will Launch On September 25

    Mark your calendars, gladiators.

    ABC announced today that Season 4 of the Shonda Rhimes-created dramaScandal will launch Thursday, Sept. 25 at 9 p.m., leading into Rhimes’ new drama,How to Get Away With Murder, which stars Viola Davis.
    Speaking at the Television Critics Association summer press tour, ABC Entertainment President Paul Lee revealed that the fourth season of Scandal will consist of 22 episodes, returning to a regular episodic count after a slightly truncated third season in order to accomodate star Kerry Washington’s pregnancy. How to Get Away With Murder, meanwhile, will air “15 or 16” episodes this coming season, per Lee.

    As a result of a reported acute viral infection, Cher will postpone and reschedule 10 performances in eight cities for her current “Dressed to Kill” tour, including upcoming shows at Madison Square Garden in New York.

    The Sept. 17 Newark, N.Y. show is now Dec. 12
    The Sept. 19 New York, N.Y. show is now Dec. 10
    The Sept. 20 New York, N.Y. show is now Dec. 15
    The Sept. 22 Uniondale, N.Y. show is now Dec. 8
    The Sept. 24 State College, Pa. show is now Oct. 13
    The Sept. 26 Bo show is now Oct. 9ston, Mass.
    The Sept. 27 Hartford, Conn. show is now Oct. 11
    The Sept. 29 Washington, D.C. show is now Dec. 6
    The Oct. 1 Detroit, Mich. show is now Nov. 23


     SUNNY episode
    Written by David Hollander
    Written by Cheo Hodari Coker
    Directed by John Dahl 
    SUNNYLee Drexler returns from his honeymoon, only to be confronted by Cookie Brown, who demands the rights to Marvin's music. Ray arranges the deal, but then Lee reneges on it. Peggy Shaughnessy plants a seed of doubt in Kate's mind about the story that she published; Kate reopens her investigation but is threatened by a pair of Southie thugs on the street. 


    Sundays at 9 PM ET/PT 
    Ways to Watch 

    ON TV 
    Next: Sun, Sep 28, 3:00 PM ET/PT 
    on SHO 2 
    08/31/2014 - 10/14/2014 

    Music From This Episode 
    OA Euphon
    Rita APM Music Library
    Too Deep Ben Lakey
    Lace Ya Bootz Ben Lakey
    Sunny (Baumon Mercury edit) Marvin Gaye iTunes 
    Stampede Prophet Omega
    You N Me Together Crucial Music Library
    Never Been In Love Firstcom Music Library

    Saturday, September 06, 2014

    The Bostonian Acetate! Bobby Hebb restoration project

    Engineer Jason Brabazon sent us 3 versions of a cleaned up "The Bostonian" - Bobby Hebb's great instrumental with Bobby on trumpet.

    Story about the new instrumental album and the restoration project to follow.  I received the disc on 9/6/14 and have listened to it extensively. Story already written.  Hope to post it 9/7.  

    Also, review of GREEN TEA is just about complete. The U.K. band covered "Sunny". Review to post here in the next few days.


    1. 'Ray Donovan' Breakdown: “Sunny

      Glide Magazine-Sep 1, 2014
      His version of Bobby Hebb'sSunny” is absolutely on point, even despite using backup vocals from Bridget. (No disrespect, but she kind of has ...
    2. Recalling The Beatles final Massachusetts concert - Suffolk Downs ...

      The Republican - 11, 2014
      The concert also featured support acts The Remains, Bobby Hebb, The ... a bit impatient as Hebb did an overly long version of his hit, "Sunny.".

    3. The Beatles at Candlestick in 1966: An oral history from the fans

      SFGate (blog)-Aug 10, 2014
      (There was also) Bobby Hebb, with his huge summertime hit, the classic “Sunny,” and the Ronettes, the only female act ever to tour with the ...

    4. L'expresso de Paris : Hidalgo dans le marais et Hollande à Clichy ...

      metronews-Sep 2, 2014
      ... l'été, enfin l'été, enfin l'été" chantaient Les négresses vertes. "Here come the sun" chantaient les Beatles et "Sunny" chantaient Bobby Hebb.

    5. “Festival Musica Jazz & Moderna”: bilancio positivo per l'evento ...

      Notizie On line dai comuni dell’Agro Caleno-Sep 2, 2014
      ... chiusa con l'esibizione (domenica 31 agosto) dell'East Side Organ Project e il raffinato jazz “incrociato” con melodie come la famosa “Sunny” di Bobby Hebb.

      El Periódico-Aug 19, 2014
      ... Boney M, que aquel año puso en circulación el rompepistas Daddy cool y una versión bailable de Sunny, aquella maravilla de Bobby Hebb: ...

    7. The Magic Numbers - "Alias" 18, 2014
      "Thought I Wasn't Ready" erinnert anfänglich an Bobby Hebb's "Sunny", mutet aber sehr viel sentimentaler und harmloser an. Zum groovigen ...

      El Periódico de Catalunya-Aug 19, 2014
      ... posar en circulació el trencapistes Daddy cool i una versió ballable de Sunny, aquella meravella de Bobby Hebb: una cançó tan bonica que ...
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    Friday, September 05, 2014

    Review: Ray Donovan "Sunny" - Season 2, Episode 8

    Ray Donovan, Showtime

    Season 2, Episode #8


    SHO 2 - Sat. Sep 06 12:35 AM 

    Sat, Sep 06, 8:00 PM
    Additional Airtimes for “Sunny” episode of  Ray Donovan


    According to IMDB Ray Donovan, the character, is: "a professional "fixer" for the rich and famous in LA, can make anyone's problems disappear except
    those created by his own family."    

    Wikipedia notes:

    The show takes place in Los Angeles, California, where Ray Donovan (Liev Schreiber), originally from South Boston, is a "fixer" for the powerful law firm Goldman & Drexler, representing the rich and famous. Ray experiences his own problems when his father, Mickey Donovan (Jon Voight), is unexpectedly released from prison, and FBI agents try bringing down Ray and his associates.

    Story follows these two links:

    "Sunny" By Octavius J. Johnson not yet available. He has 2 songs on Amazon 

    Righteous Love - 'oh Girl' - Single byOctavius J. Johnson Aka O'lord

    Tunefind lists Octavius J. Johnson as Marvin Gaye Washington singing "Sunny" but the link doesn't work. You can hear Bobby Hebb and the Marvin Gaye version on this link

    We got an internal alert at that "Sunny" would be utilized in the upcoming Jennifer Aniston/Tim Robbins/Mos Def film Life of Crime as well as on TV show Ray Donovan, but we kept it quiet until the release dates of August 29th (for the film) and August 31 (for tv.)
    Who knew that the episode would also be titled "Sunny" ??? and would have elements which those who appreciate Bobby Hebb would be intrigued to view and consider after the program aired.

    My phone and text lit up when the August 31 cablecast hit, which I found surprising as this almost-two year old novel series was foreign to me.  In order to help readers of this review get up to speed on the many characters in the Ray Donovan series there are two other descriptive reviews and their links at the bottom of the page.  
    ________________________________________ The series Ray Donovan is a real find with visual textures that take the Soprano's into 2014, and similarly-styled plot distancing that comes together in an effective and powerful way.

    The theme of "Sunny" (the episode) is actually how the song brings some light to a very dark chunk of this series, but there are also parallels to the family structure  - sons and fathers - so it could also be called "Sonny" - which is the double entendre at play throughout.  

        Ray Donovan's dad is ex-con Mickey Donovan, actor Jon Voight looking more together than his haggard appearance as Jim Phelps in the 1996 film version of TV's Mission Impossible.  18 years later he looks just as old, but more effective here -- and he appears to model the image to what an older version of boxer Irish Mickey Ward might look like.   So there's the dynamic with "fixer" son Ray Donovan, played brilliantly by   and his low-life daddy played by Jon Voight as well as the Rap mogul mentor-father figure Re-Kon (Kwame Anderson) and his protege 15-year old surrogate "son" (played by 18 year old  Octavius J. Johnson) named Marvin Gaye Washington.   

    In as blatant a fashion as you can get, the song "Sunny" is performed as a rap, not over Bobby Hebb's hit tune, but over a rare version by Marvin Gaye's which originally appeared on the Marvin Gaye boxed set, only the one used on Ray Donovan is in its "Mercury Mix" form - remixed by Mercury* (a duo) as the Mercury Mix II - hear it here:

    Information on Mercury
    Bern is a picturesque but marginal town in the center of Switzerland. However, the provincial town, by the way the legal capital of the country, has some serious assets – it is home to the likes of Deetron, the Round Table Knights and the up and coming Mercury.
    Mercury is Mel, a former hip-hop DJ and shoemaker-to-be, and Simon, an educated children’s teacher and drummer to the francophone pop-star Stephan Eicher. The duo’s skills and frank approach to house music were first discovered by the world-acclaimed Dutch illustrator and Le Le member Parra, who invited the Swiss producing duo to create a remix of his band’s second single »Breakfast«. Frenetically supported by Pedro “Busy P” Winter, the remix ultimately became a true dance floor hit during 2009.



    Mercury (Switzerland) would like to share their newest edit with you. A heart-warming track for welcoming the morning sun and collectively praising the joy of life. “Our man Rampa from Keinemusik dropped it when the first sun rays poured into the legendary window front of Berlin’s Watergate Club. A beautiful notion, no? We would have loved to be there”.
    To reiterate, you have the "professionally(not legally) adopted son" of a rap mogul  utilizing Marvin Gaye's rare version of "Sunny" - the Mercury Mix,  to create a new rendition of the classic Bobby Hebb tune by actor Octavius J. Johnson.  Hopefully it will be on the market soon.

    For those not familiar with the show, the twists and turns make a scorecard mandatory, quick cuts and multiple vignettes converging, long shots cradled in extensive pauses infiltrate episode 8, which one critic notes is chock full of telephone conversations between the protagonist and supporting well as the supporting cast with each other.   

    Having Eliot Gould, Jon Voight, Peter Jacobson, Liev Shreiber, Kwame Anderson and Steven Bauer  and Richard Benjamin (as film producer Jerry) - all familiar faces - in one program means the acting is reliable and, like the Sopranos, very believable.   

    It's a good find tucked away on one of the cable networks, Showtime, and worth seeking out. There's a Kathy Bates-styled woman handing out checks and advice to Ray Donovan, all cheeky and fun in a dark way.  But the inclusion of Bobby Hebb's signature tune is a welcome addition to television, and a great song to build a theme around.

    SPOILER ALERT: don't read what comes next unless you've seen the program already:

    The producers/writers/director appear to have intentionally used Marvin Gaye's version of the song "Sunny" as the character was called "Marvin Gaye Washington" and they have the 2nd "surrogate" father, Cookie, shoot him, probably a reference to Marvin Gaye's death at his father's hand


    Showtime's description for Jon Voight as Mickey Donovan

    Released from prison after a 20-year stint, Ray's neglectful and abusive father Mickey arrived in LA to get what he felt is his rightful due. As an ill-tempered ex-con, Mickey is nevertheless charismatic and charming. Mickey's desire to reunite with his family, and his participation in scams and scores both old and new, threatens to destroy everything Ray has built for himself.


    "SUNNY" Ray Donovan

    1. Octavius J. Johnson18, plays fictional entertainer Marvin Gaye Washington, 15, on Showtime's new drama “Ray Donovan.” Dubbed “The Black Justin Bieber” on the show, Washington finds himself immediately on the wrong side of Ray Donovan (played by Liev Schreiber).

    Octavius J. Johnson

    A decent review worth reading:

    RAY DONOVAN Recap: “Sunny”

    by     Posted 5 days ago


    In the meantime, “Sunny” was an another emotionally-charged hour that delved into some hard truths for Ray.  The exchange between Abby and Ray — something that frightened Ari so much he was ready to kill Halloran rather than tell Ray about Abby’s infidelity — was a unique kind of exchange.  Abby laid in wait for him, and refused to kowtow to his demands, telling him instead that all she wanted was for him to look at her, and let her help share his pain.

    Another review: 

    Ray Donovan – Season 2 – Episode 8 – “Sunny”– A Review

    Posted: September 2, 2014 in Uncategorized 
    Lee Drexler (Peter Jacobson), Ezra’s partner (Elliot Gould), and Ray’s employer (sort of) returns in contemptuous fine form. Awash in his luxury, he is visited by a “ghost” of his past via “Cookie Brown” (Omar Dorsey), a thinly veiled homage to another Hip Hop management icon currently in the press, for his refusal to return his calls and make right a previous agreement between he and Re-Kon (Kwame Anderson), a rap mogul under Drexler’s management. Re-Kon is also Marvin’s mentor and father figure. Drexler calls Ray upon Cookie’s arrival with his crew. Ray due to his background knows who and what Cookie is and shows him an unusual level of respect. In fact, both men know the other’s nature and backgrounds and their interactions make for tense drama. Dorsey could just play “Cookie” as pure menace, but he does bring a measure of charisma to the role along with intimidation. The issue is that Cookie had given Re-Kon money as capital ($30,000) to start his label and now wants his protege Marvin under his own label and “direct management” as compensation. Ray mediates and again in unusual fashion advises Drexler to concede to the demand in a prompt and peaceful manner.

    Marvin Gaye Washington


    When it seems like Cookie’s going to take Marvin to South Beach, I had a hard time believing that Octavius J. Johnson would be leaving the show. I was hoping something would come up to keep him local and at least in Re-Kon’s life. Drexler thinks he handles the situation adequately by throwing money at the problem. But that is not how you deal with a man like Cookie Brown and we see the results of that disrespect when he kills Re-Kon. I thought for a moment that Marvin would make it, but in the end Cookie has to send a clear message so he kills Marvin as well.
    I spoke with Octavius earlier this week about his untimely death and how much it affected me. He told me the producers called him “two weeks before they were gonna kill off Marvin.” They made him “feel good about what” he’d “done on the show,” but they wanted to put some extra “umph in the season.”


    Tenacious Female Reporter Sully Sullivan’s piece is out! And, no one cares! Rather, no one named Ray Donovan from whom TFR wants validation for her work and other attributes. Mrs. Shaughnessy does have a few words for her front page story. It turns out Catherine may not be in Witness Protection, after all. (Duh.) With the seeds of doubt planted in TFR’s mind, she is on the brink of going on the warpath once again, this time with her journalistic reputation at risk.


    In Showtime’sRAY DONOVAN, now in its second season Sundays at 9 PM and renewed for a third, Liev Schreiber stars as the title character. Ray is a Boston-born Hollywood “fixer” who is okay with using blackmail and violence on behalf of his clients. But the turmoil of Ray’s job is nothing compared with his family conflicts. He and wife Abby (Paula Malcomson) have both had affairs, their two teenaged children (Kerris Dorsey, Devon Bagby) are in rebellion and Ray’s brothers (played by Eddie Marsan, Dash Mihok and Pooch Hall) all alternately depend on and resent their oldest sibling’s take-charge tactics. As for Ray’s ex-con father Mickey (Jon Voight), Ray tried to have the old man killed last season, a move that backfired and put them both high on the radar of the FBI.