The man behind Sunny!
As the son of two blind musicians, Boby Hebb found himself immersed in music since the day he was born.
His first performances came playing spoons with his brother Harold as he was only three years old, landing him a slot at the famed Grand Ole Opry.
During the ’50s, he sang backup vocals for Bo Diddley and partnered up with Sylvia Vanderpool as an R&B duo after Mikey Baker left.
His relatively short recording career started in the ’60s with the release of three singles that didn’t chart, Night Train Form Memphis, Feel So Good, and Atlanta G A.
After John F. Kennedy and his brother Harold were killed within just two days, he sought comfort in songwriting and came up with his signature song, Sunny.
Released in 1966, Sunny became an international hit, paving the way for Bobby to tour with The Beatles and having it covered by artists such as Booker T. & The M.G.’s, Cher, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, and as late as 2020, Billie Eilish.
Bobby himself re-recorded Sunny in 1976 in a Disco style, appropriately dubbed Sunny ’76.
Apart from Sunny, Hebb also recorded A Satisfied Mind, also in 1966, the year he broke through, and peaked.
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You can learn how to play Sunny by Bobby Hebb using chords, lyrics, chord analysis, and the original recording.
| Em7 | G9 | Cmaj7 | F#m7b5 B7 |
Sunny, yesterday my life was filled with rain…