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Soul Music

Sometimes uplifting songs are born from tragedies. 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. Devastated by the two events, Hebb took comfort in writing and optimistic song, “Sunny.” Hebb said: “All my intentions were just to think of happier times – basically looking for a brighter day – because times were at a low tide.”

After a series of demos and false starts, “Sunny” was finally recorded in 1965 with producer Jerry Ross (of Spanky and Our Gang fame). The recording was done at New York’s Bell Sound, with top session players led by bass guitar legend Joe Macho.

It was released as a single in 1966. “Sunny” reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100, #3 on the R&B Charts, and #12 in the UK. When Bobby Hebb toured with The Beatles in 1966 “Sunny” was at a higher chart position than any current Beatles song.

BMI ranked “Sunny” #25 in its Top 100 Songs of the Century. “Sunny” has been covered by a number of artists including Frank Sinatra, Andy Williams, Shirley Bassey, James Brown, Wes Montgomery, Jose Feliciano, Stevie Wonder, Ella Fitzgerald, The Four Seasons, The Four Tops, Marvin Gaye, Mary Wells, Johnny Mathis, Dusty Springfield, among others. It is a Sixties soul music classic.

Here are the lyrics to “Sunny” by Bobby Hebb:

“Sunny, yesterday my life was filled with rain.
Sunny, you smiled at me and really eased the pain.
The dark days are gone, and the bright days are here,
My Sunny one shines so sincere.
Sunny one so true, I love you.

Sunny, thank you for the sunshine bouquet.
Sunny, thank you for the love you brought my way.
You gave to me your all and all.
Now I feel ten feet tall.
Sunny one so true, I love you.

Sunny, thank you for the truth you let me see.
Sunny, thank you for the facts from A to C.
My life was torn like a wind-blown sand,
And the rock was formed when you held my hand.
Sunny one so true, I love you.

Sunny, thank you for the smile upon your face.
Sunny, thank you for the gleam that shows its grace.
You’re my spark of nature’s fire,
You’re my sweet complete desire.
Sunny one so true, I love you.”

Check Out The Groove Pad for More 1960s Music

The Pass the Paisley Groove Pad is a resting stop, a place to chill out and listen to the featured song on the stereo. If the mood strikes you, click on the juke box to access and listen to the 50+ free online songs there. The TV has several channels, with selections updated twice a week. Every now and then, Pass the Paisley hosts an all-request of 1960s and 1970s songs for a Be-In at the juke box in the Groove Pad. Keep on truckin’. Hope you enjoyed “Sunny” by Bobby Hebb.

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