Sunny – Bobby Hebb

THIS DAY IN MUSIC…………………………………….on October 4th of 1966 Bobby Hebb received a Gold record for his US #2 hit, “Sunny”. It reached #12 on the UK chart. Hebb wrote the song after November 22, 1963, the day US President John F. Kennedy was assassinated and Hebb’s older brother Harold was killed in a knife fight outside a Nashville nightclub. Hebb would later say “All my intentions were just to think of happier times, basically looking for a brighter day.” This was recorded to fill out an album at the end of a session. Hebb died in 2010 at age 72. Hebb died on Tuesday at the age of 72. Besides this enduring hit, his claim to fame is that he once headlined a tour featuring the Beatles. The Associated Press also reported that he became one of the first black artists ever to appear on the Grand Ole Opry. At the time of Hebb’s death, “Sunny” was listed as the 18th most performed song in the BMI catalog. Frank Sinatra, James Brown, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and hundreds hundreds of other artists have covered this song. Cher recorded it in the ’60s as a tribute to her partner, Sonny Bono.