"SUNNY" SINGER HEBB DEAD

Published on: August 4, 2010
"SUNNY" SINGER HEBB DEAD

Singer/songwriter BOBBY HEBB who's hit "Sunny" spent 15 weeks on the Billboard charts in 1966, gone at 72.

The Nashville native's tune was covered by Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, James Brown and hundreds others.

Hebb worked the Grand Old Oprey with Roy Acuff's band and played San Francisco's Candlestick Park with The Beatles.

Born to blind musicians, Hebb spent his childhood singing and playing the spoons on the mean streets of Nashville as member of his dad's washboard band.

Hebb said that the story behind his writing Sunny was rooted in tragedy. 

On November 23, 1963 the day after JFK
was assassinated Bobby's bother was knifed to death outside a club.

Looking for solace in a bottle of Jack Daniel's whiskey, the tune suddenly took shape in his head. 

45 minutes later he was sober and sitting on a potential fortune. 

"The dark days are gone, and the bright days are here…"  Hebb sang then  . . . and now forever.