Bobby Hebb

Robert Von "Bobby" Hebb (July 26, 1938 ‒ August 3, 2010)[1] was an American R&B/soul singer, musician, songwriter, recording artist, and performer known for his 1966 hit entitled "Sunny".

Bobby Hebb
Bobby Hebb
Bobby Hebb in 1966
Background information
Birth nameRobert Von Hebb
BornJuly 26, 1938
Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
DiedAugust 3, 2010 (aged 72)
Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
Occupation(s)Singer, musician, songwriter, recording artist, performer
InstrumentsVocals, piano, guitar
Years active1955‒2010
LabelsCadet, Crystal Ball, Epic, Laurie, Mercury, Philips, Scepter, Tuition


Hebb was born in Nashville, Tennessee. His parents, William and Ovalla Hebb, were both blind musicians.[2] Hebb and older brother, Harold Hebb, performed as a song-and-dance team in Nashville beginning when Bobby was three and Harold was nine. Hebb performed on a TV show hosted by country music record producer Owen Bradley, which earned him a place with Grand Ole Opry star Roy Acuff.[2] Hebb played spoons and other instruments in Acuff's band. Harold later became a member of Johnny Bragg and the Marigolds. Bobby Hebb sang backup on Bo Diddley's "Diddley Daddy". Hebb played "West-coast-style" trumpet in a United States Navy jazz band, and replaced Mickey Baker in Mickey and Sylvia.[2]

On November 23, 1963, the day after John F. Kennedy's assassination, Bobby Hebb's brother, Harold, was killed in a knife fight outside a Nashville nightclub. Hebb was devastated by both events and sought comfort in songwriting. Though many claim that the song he wrote after both tragedies was the optimistic "Sunny", Hebb himself stated otherwise. He immersed himself in the Gerald Wilson album, You Better Believe It!, for comfort.

All my intentions were just to think of happier times – basically looking for a brighter day – because times were at a low tide. After I wrote it, I thought "Sunny" just might be a different approach to what Johnny Bragg was talking about in "Just Walkin' in the Rain".

"Sunny" was recorded in New York City after demos were made with the record producer Jerry Ross. Released as a single in 1966, "Sunny" reached No. 3 on the R&B charts, No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100, and No. 12 in the United Kingdom.[2][3][4] When Hebb toured with The Beatles in 1966 his "Sunny" was, at the time of the tour, ranked higher than any Beatles song then on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. BMI rated "Sunny" number 25 in its "Top 100 songs of the century".

In 1976, Hebb released a newly recorded disco version entitled "Sunny '76". The single was a minor hit reaching No. 94 on the R&B chart.

Hebb also had lesser hits with his "A Satisfied Mind" in 1966 (No. 39 on the Billboard chart and No. 40 on the R&B chart) and "Love Me" in 1967 (No. 84),[3] and wrote many other songs, including Lou Rawls' 1971 hit "A Natural Man" (co-written with comedian Sandy Baron). Six years prior to "Sunny", Hebb reached the New York City Top 50 with a remake of Roy Acuff's "Night Train to Memphis". In 1972, his single "Love Love Love" reached No. 32 on the UK charts.[4]

After a recording gap of 35 years, Hebb recorded That's All I Wanna Know, his first commercial release since Love Games for Epic Records in 1970. It was released in Europe in late 2005 by Tuition, a pop indie label. Two new duet versions of "Sunny" were issued, one with Astrid North and the other with Pat Appleton. In October 2008, he toured and played in Osaka and Tokyo in Japan.

Biography film

Ipanema Films of Germany was involved in a biographical film which included Hebb, his biographer Joseph Tortelli, and Billy Cox.


Hebb continued to live in his hometown of Nashville, Tennessee, until his death in 2010, at age 72. On August 3, 2010, Hebb died from lung cancer while being treated at TriStar Centennial Medical Center located in Nashville."[5] He is interred at Nashville's Spring Hill Cemetery.[6]


  1. ^ "Умер автор песни "Sunny": Культура". Retrieved 2015-08-19.
  2. ^ a b c d Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. p. 205. ISBN 0-214-20512-6.
  3. ^ a b Whitburn, Joel (2003). Top Pop Singles 1955–2002 (1st ed.). Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research Inc. p. 309. ISBN 0-89820-155-1.
  4. ^ a b Betts, Graham (2004). Complete UK Hit Singles 1952–2004 (1st ed.). London: Collins. p. 350. ISBN 0-00-717931-6.
  5. ^ "Bobby Hebb, singer of 1966 hit "Sunny", dies at 72". MSNBC. Associated Press story. August 3, 2010. Retrieved August 3, 2010.
  6. ^ "Robert Alvin "Bobby" VON HEBB". Tennessean. Retrieved September 20, 2018.


  • Cooper, Daniel (1998). "Bobby Hebb". In The Encyclopedia of Country Music. Paul Kingsbury, Editor. New York: Oxford University Press. p. 235, ISBN 978-0195176087

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1st Round (album)

1st Round is an album by Italian musician and producer Pino Presti, released in 1976 under Atlantic Records. It's considered one of the most innovative albums of the 70's in the Italian music scene. All songs are composed by Pino Presti, except for "Smile" (Charlie Chaplin), "Sunny" (Bobby Hebb) and "Firefly" (Kenny Nolan).

Apples, Peaches, Pumpkin Pie

"Apples, Peaches, Pumpkin Pie" is a 1967 song written by Maurice Irby, Jr., produced by Jerry Ross, arranged by Joe Renzetti and performed by Jay & the Techniques on their 1968 album of the same name. It reached #6 on the Billboard chart and #8 on the U.S. R&B chart Outside the United States, "Apples, Peaches, Pumpkin Pie" peaked at #6 on the Canadian R&B chart, and #61 on the Canadian pop chart.Bobby Hebb was originally offered "Apples, Peaches, Pumpkin Pie", but rejected it due to its novelty sound. Ross then offered it to Jay & the Techniques.

Boogie Pimps

Boogie Pimps are an electronic music duo from Erfurt, Germany. It was formed by the two DJs Mark J Klak and Mirko Jacob.

Their collaboration started in 2000, when Mirko Jacob started performing in Klak's JoueJoueClub in Erfurt. Jacob has since left the group, and his place was filled by Australian-born Jon Henderson.

In Autumn 2003, Boogie Pimps released their first single, a remix of Jefferson Airplane cover of The Great Society's "Somebody to Love". In January 2004, this song entered the Top Ten of the UK Singles Chart. The music video for "Somebody to Love" was an instant hit in the UK. It features several infants sky diving out of an aeroplane towards a giant woman (Natasha Mealey) lying on a grassy hill country landscape in her underwear, singing the song.

Their second single, "Sunny" was also a cover song. It was originally recorded by Bobby Hebb but the version was covered by Candee Jay.

In 2004 they appeared on a white label, which was not widely released, under the pseudonym 'Pimps Guerilla'. They performed songs such as "Right Out of Here" and "Make 'em Drop". While "Make 'em Drop" made it onto a few compilations, "Right Out of Here" is not commercially available, with the exception of whitelabels. This could be for legal reasons, as extracts of lyrics and melody were sampled from the end of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody".

Buddy Richard

Ricardo Roberto Toro Lavín, also known as Buddy Richard (September 21, 1943, Graneros) is a Chilean singer-songwriter known for his ballads.He began performing as part of the "Nueva ola" ("New wave"). He first recorded in 1962, recording his own songs and singing in Spanish. He signed to Caracol and released his first single, Balada de la tristeza, which became a hit in the summer of 1963. The following year he signed with Arena and released his most well-known songs, Cielo (as a way to say "Honey", a cover of the Bobby Hebb song Sunny), Despídete con un beso ("Say goodbye with a kiss") and Si me vas a abandonar ("If you are going to leave me"). His 1969 live album, Buddy Richard en el Astor, was broadcast live on Chilean television and radio, one of the first live broadcasts in the country. His 1975 song Tu cariño se me va ("Your love leaves me") and his 1982 song Mentira ("Lie") (made popular by the Nicaraguan singer Hernaldo Zúñiga) became popular across Latin America. After a lull in his career, he again became popular in 1993 after recording with the band Los Tres.He retired from public performance in 2008, playing his last concert at the Quinta Vergara on 25 February at the Viña del Mar International Song Festival. With producer Daniel Guerrero he wrote his first song in fifteen years for his retirement, titled Trátame bien ("Treat me good").


Hebb is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

Bobby Hebb (1938–2010), American singer-songwriter

Donald O. Hebb (1904–1985), Canadian psychologist

Jerry Ross (record producer)

Jerry Jan Ross (May 1, 1933 – October 4, 2017) was an American songwriter, A&R man, record producer, and record label owner. As a writer, his greatest success was with "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me," which he co-wrote with his protégé Kenny Gamble. His greatest successes as a producer include "Sunny" by Bobby Hebb, and "Venus" by Shocking Blue.

Jerry produced The Mob on their self-titled first album in 1970.

Joe Renzetti

Joe Renzetti is an American Academy Award-winning film composer, and session musician.

Louis Brooks

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Brooks was born in Nashville, Tennessee, United States into a musical family; his father was a saxophonist in a New Orleans-style jazz band. He formed a small band in the 1940s and played in local clubs in the Nashville area. As Louis Brooks and the Downbeats, the group first recorded for Tennessee Records in the early 1950s, supporting vocalists including Christine Kittrell and Helen Foster as well as recording under their own name. They recorded several instrumentals featuring pianist Lovell "Knot" Phillips. Renamed as Louis Brooks and his Hi-Toppers, the group began recording for the Excello label in 1954. The following year they had their biggest hit, "It's Love Baby (24 Hours a Day)", featuring Earl Gaines. The record entered the R&B chart in July 1955 and reached no.2. The song was also covered successfully by Ruth Brown and Hank Ballard and the Midnighters.Brooks and his band continued to perform regularly in the Nashville area in the 1950s; their vocalists included Larry Birdsong and Helen Hebb, the sister of Bobby Hebb. Brooks also played as a session musician in Nashville, as well as working full-time at the First National Bank in the city.

He died in Nashville in 1993, at the age of 82.

Mieko Hirota

Mieko Hirota (弘田三枝子, Hirota Mieko, born 1947) is a Japanese popular singer. Her nickname is Mico (also spelled Miko).

Hirota was born in Setagaya, Tokyo. She grew up listening to pop and jazz in places like Tachikawa, which was frequented by Occupation troops. She made her debut in 1961 at age 14. In 1965, Mico became the first Japanese singer to sing the song Sunny (Bobby Hebb song) on album and the first to appear at the Newport Jazz Festival.

Mico appeared on the NHK New Year's Eve Kōhaku Uta Gassen eight times. Her first performance was in 1962, when she sang the Connie Francis tune "Vacation." NHK tapped her for the next four years in succession, and again in 1969, 1970, and 1971.

She sang the theme song, "Leo no Uta", for the animated television series Kimba the White Lion.

Hirota's commercial career has included endorsements for Nescafé, Nippon Oil, Daikin Industries, Fujiya, Renown, and Sapporo Beer.

Norske Hits

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Roscoe Shelton

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Servin' Up Some Soul

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Spring Hill Cemetery

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Prior to the establishment of the cemetery, the Davidson Academy (a precursor to the University of Nashville) was located in a stone house at this location.In addition to two British Royal Air Force veterans of World War II and circus performer Ella Harper, the cemetery is the final resting place for numerous notable music performers including the following:

Bobby Hebb: soul singer, songwriter, musician, recording artist, performer

Earl Scruggs: bluegrass musician

Floyd Cramer: piano legend

George Morgan: singer

Hank Snow: singer

Jimmy Martin: bluegrass singer

John Hartford: singer, fiddler

Keith Whitley: singer

Roy Acuff: singer, songwriter, music publisher

Kitty Wells: singer

Pete Drake: Steel Guitar Player

Sunny (Bobby Hebb song)

"Sunny" is a song written by Bobby Hebb, from 1963. It is one of the most performed and recorded popular songs, with hundreds of versions released. BMI rates "Sunny" number 25 in its "Top 100 songs of the century". The song is also known by its first line: "Sunny, yesterday my life was filled with rain".

The !!!! Beat

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The Complete Collection was a major commercial success in Denmark, peaking at #7 in the albums chart, which made it Boney M.'s best chart entry in the country since the late 1970s and the compilation was later awarded with a Platinum disc.

The Magic of Boney M.

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The compilation which is an updated version of 1993's Gold - 20 Super Hits and 2001's The Greatest Hits includes eighteen of Boney M's best known hits from the 1970s and 1980s, a new remix of 1976 single "Sunny" by German DJ and record producer Mousse T. as well as one new recording featuring original Boney M. lead vocalist Liz Mitchell.

While this compilation is digitally remastered it contains both original recordings and overdubbed or remixed versions dating from Gold - 20 Super Hits.

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