Life of Crime with Jennifer Aniston – SUNNY on the soundtrack


Commentary on LIFE OF CRIME coming soon, along with video

Life of Crime (2013) – IMDb

Internet Movie Database
Rating: 5.8/10 – ‎3,670 votes

With Jennifer Aniston, Mos Def, Isla Fisher, Will Forte. Two common criminals get more than they bargained for after kidnapping the wife of a corrupt real-estate …


Here’s the trailer to Life of Crime



Have you seen our wonderful collection of “Sunny” videos on YouTube?

“SUNNY” on Ray Donovan August 31, 2014 Season 2, Episode 8


“Sunny” on Showtime’s Ray Donovan program and in the new film Life of Crime with Jennifer Aniston and Mos Def


“Sunny” from Ray Donovan audio and video link above

From Entertainment Weekly

Season 2 | Episode 8 | “Sunny” | Aired Aug 31, 2014

It’s a sunny day in L.A.—the sky is clear, the birds are chirping, and Ray has alienated himself from almost everyone in his family. That includes Abbie, once again on a motel rendezvous with Jim the cop. This time, Ray is on the case, as Avi reluctantly takes surveillance shots of Abbie and Jim.


Credits 2  Ray Donovan


Credits to “Sunny” from Ray Donovan audio / video link below


Airtimes for “Sunny” episode of         Ray Donovan


S2 Ep 8: Sunny:

Upcoming Airings (All Times ET/PT):

Thu, Sep 04, 11:30 PM
Fri, Sep 05, 9:00 PM
Sat, Sep 06, 12:35 AM
Sat, Sep 06, 8:00 PM
Sun, Sep 07, 1:20 AM
Sun, Sep 07, 8:00 PM
Sat, Sep 13, 9:00 PM
Sun, Sep 28, 3:00 PM


“Wait, why’d you stop.”

“Something ain’t right.”

“It sounded beautiful, where did you find the song?”

“My momma used to sing it to me.” 

“I like it.” 

“Come here.”




“Sunny” from Ray Donovan audio / video link




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Bobby Hebb‘s “Sunny” plays a big role in this week’s episode of Ray Donovan on Showtime. Don’t miss.



Whether it’s protecting the dirty secrets of the LA elite, or keeping the FBI at bay, Ray Donovan remains cool, calm and connected. But will his reckless and remorseless father Mickey prove to be Ray’s undoing?

Click on “Sunny” here




Lee Drexler returns from his honeymoon, only to be confronted by Cookie Brown, who demands the rights to Marvin’s music. Ray arranges the deal, but then Lee reneges on it. Peggy Shaughnessy plants a seed of doubt in Kate’s mind about the story that she published; Kate reopens her investigation but is threatened by a pair of Southie thugs on the street.


Mos Def, Jennifer Aniston and Tim Robbins in new film that features “Sunny” as the first song on the soundtrack.


Mos Def recorded “Priority” which samples Bobby Hebb’s “Flower” from the Love Games LP

Listen to Priority and Flower right here:


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“Sunny” in the new film Life of Crime, first song on the soundtrack


From the Notable site:

 Groovin’ on Bobby Hebb‘s “Sunny” in Life of Crime. Now playing. Starring Jennifer Aniston, Tim Robbins, Mos Def, John Hawkes. Great soundtrack.

“Sunny” the song of the week on Notable Publishing site

“Sunny” on KGFJ with Bobby Hebb in the studio; thank you to the Notable Publishing site

Hebb with DJ



Rare Bobby Hebb photos

1)Bobby on the Great Hits of the 60’s compilation

2)Bobby at Montreal’s Yugoslavian Pavilion

rare photo of bobby Bobby in Yugoslavia

Remembering Bobby, Four Years Ago Today August 3, 2014

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.


Four years ago today we lost our friend Bobby, one of the most gifted musicians to ever walk this planet and the known universe.  There’s not much I can say that we haven’t already said except how much we miss Bobby. He was a tremendous friend.    This weekend the film on James Brown, Get On Up in release.  Brown covered “Sunny” multiple times so having the movie released on Bobby’s Anniversary weekend is a nice touch. Here’s the trailer

Bobby’s musician friend, Nat Simpkins, made a nice comment on our blog. Here it is:

Blogger Nat Simpkins said…

I’ve known and played with some of the greatest musicians of all time, but Bobby was really the most talented musician that I ever knew. He always gave all he had when he performed, no matter where. One night my piano player, Michael price and I were visiting him in his hotel room. He sat on his bed with his guitar and sang Nancy With the Laughing Face. It was like hearing him perform for 50,000 people in a huge stadium – the same level of performance.


Bobby Hebb’s last tour October 2008 in Japan

Happy Birthday Bobby Hebb July 26, 1938 – August 3, 2010


Bobby would have been 76 years young today. 

Celebrate the birth of the legendary Bobby Hebb, 

July 26, 1938-August 3, 2010. 
Happy Birthday, Bobby

In the Navy with his friend Bill Root, Bobby Hebb performed with the Pine Island Pirates.

After the passing of Johnny Kidd – of “Shakin’ All Over” fame, Johnny Kidd’s Pirates backed up Bobby Hebb for a tour of Europe.

Nick Simper has a wonderful essay about the tour


SIDE NOTE: On July 16, 2014 Kitoto Von Hebb and site editor Joe Viglione saw Aerosmith perform at Great Woods / XFinity Center.   Steve Tyler of Aerosmith sang a bit of “Sunny” for Kitoto backstage.  Steve Tyler’s parents owned a resort in Lake Sunapee!   From Sunapee to Sunny!

Aerosmith, considered by many to be America’s greatest rock and roll band, has its roots in New Hampshire. Two members of the band, lead singer Steven Tyler and guitarist Joe Perry spent their childhood summers in Sunapee.

Steven Tyler of Aerosmith sings “Sunny” to Kitoto backstage

Steven Tyler Of Aerosmith Appears At Studio 54Aerosmith was terrific last nigh, July 16, 2014, t at the XFinity Center, formerly known as Great Woods in Mansfield, Massachusetts.  Opening the set with “Back In The Saddle Again” performing hit after hit, bringing Slash from Guns n Roses up to play guitar on “Mama Kin” and closing the set with “Dream On,” “Sweet Emotion” and “Train Kept A Rollin” with Johnny Depp (who is in town for the Whitey Bulger filming) it was simply an amazing night.   Earlier, backstage at around 7:15 pm, Steven Tyler met Bobby Hebb’s daughter, Kitoto, and started singing “Sunny, thank you for the sunshine bouquet.”  They took a photo together.    It was a great night and a fantastic concert.

Johnny Depp played guitar on Train Kept a Rolling – final song last night
watch clip here:

Here’s Slash performing on “Mama Kin” last night at the Aerosmith concert

Dream On live July 16, 2014

aerosmith live

EXCLUSIVE: Interview with Guitarist Peter White

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JULY 15, 2014 

Sunny The Song: When did you get the idea to record “Sunny” and who is performing with you on the rendition on “Playin Favorites?”

Peter White: It was actually producer Paul Brown’s idea for me to record Sunny. Our friend Jeff Carruthers recorded the track at his studio and we later added Jerry Hey and his horn section at Paul’s studio.  

Sunny The Song:  Have you played “Sunny” live over the years and, if so, when did you add the song to your repertoire? 

Peter White:  I have played Sunny live on many occasions after the Playin’ Favorites CD was released (2006), adding vocals in the last verse from my keyboard player David Sparkman, which I thought was a nice touch and kicked everything up a notch.

Sunny The Song:  In your touring did you ever meet or play on the same bill with Bobby Hebb? 

Peter White: Never did meet Bobby unfortunately. 

Joe Viglione/Sunny The Song:Was there a “demo that got the deal” for your 1990 album Reveillez-Vous on Chase Music ?

Peter White: There was a demo but it never got me a deal. I was turned down by every record company that I met with. I eventually financed the CD myself and got the deal with Chase Music Group through my relationship with Cliff Gorov from All That Jazz Inc. who was a radio promoter. He convinced CMG that he would get my songs played on the radio and he was as good as his word! 

Joe Viglione/Sunny The Song: You have an extensive tour – Honolulu, California, U.K. and U.S.A. East Coast, do you have a specific set for each region or does an audience in one region want different tracks from your career?

Peter White: It’s impossible to know what each person wants from a concert, let alone an entire audience, so I just make the best show that I can at the time. I don’t change the set from one region to the next, but I might change it slightly depending on if it’s a small audience or a large festival. The more intimate songs will work best in intimate settings of course.

Joe Viglione: Your bio says you are a Beatles fan, what was it like when you walked into the studio to have Alan Parsons recording you and Al Stewart for “Year of the Cat” ? 

Peter White: Going to work at Abbey Road Studios was like walking into Shangri-La for me. This was the studio where the Beatles recorded most of their music, including my favorite- Sgt. Pepper’s. I later saw a pic of the lads recording there and I realized that where I sat with my guitar was right in the middle of where they had set up to record the first Beatles album. I was sitting right between where John, Paul, George and Ringo had played when they were recording!

Joe Viglione/Sunny The Song: Bobby Hebb performed “Sunny” backed up by Emmy Lou Harris guitarist Barry Tashian and his Remains on the final Beatles tour in 1966 – it was interesting because while Bobby’s song was #1 in Cashbox and #2 in Billboard in the summer of 1966 with that sterling Jerry Ross production, onstage he and the Remains did a rave-up that went on for about 5 minutes plus. Though it was first released in 1965 by vibraphonist David Pike, jazz musicians around the world have embraced the song, as have so many other genres. Why do you think the chord changes lend themselves so well to so many jazz artists (a) and why is the song attractive to you (b)

Peter White: (a) I think it’s a great song and that’s why people love to play it. You would have to ask a real jazz musician why it appeals to jazz musicians ha ha! 7(b) I just love the song- that’s why I like to play it!

Joe Viglione/Sunny The you for your time and insight, Peter, and thank you for recording “Sunny.”


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    Sunny The has conducted a series of interviews with legends and personalities who have been involved with Bobby Hebb or who have recorded “Sunny”  or other Hebb tunes.  Those interviews include but are not limited to: producer Jerry Ross, producer James Fleming Rasmussen, band leader Jimmy Church, drummer Bernard “Pretty” Purdie, U.K. artist Sophie, jazz guitarist Pat Martino, New Kids on the Block keyboardist and Bobby Hebb musician Yasko Kubota, Nat Simpkins and many others.

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Tamiko Jones and Herbie Mann perform SUNNY

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The late Ahmet Ertegun supervised this release of Herbie Mann performing Sunny.

Tamko Jones also covered Bobby Hebb’s “I’ll Be Anything For You” as the title track of an album.  See for that title or go to our Bobby Hebb blog
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Clint Eastwood directs Frankie Valli story – Jersey Boys – Valli covered “Sunny” Twice

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Frankie Valli solo version of “Sunny” from his Timeless LP   A faster tempo  1968

Original tempo.  This is Valli solo, not the Four Seasons

In October 2007, Valli released Romancing the 60s, an album containing covers of his favorite songs from the 1960s, two of which he had previously recorded. Those songs were “Sunny” and “Any Day Now”  This is a new version of “Sunny” updated from the earlier version he performed on “Timeless.”  (some of this info from Wikipedia

Here’s my review of Timeless on

. One of the album’s highlights is a big production of Bobby Hebb’s “Sunny,” Hebb’s original also on the Philips label. Valli changes the words a bit “wonderful and great are simple joys…ooh Sunny, you separate the men from little boys/your love was given/from an open hand/as nature intended from woman to man/way down to Earth with you, Sunny I love you.” Outside of the last four words, it is highly unlikely the song ever included those other lyrics, it having been written for God or for Hebb’s brother, the late Hal Hebb of the Marigolds.



Track 10

10 3:45

From director Clint Eastwood comes the big-screen version of the Tony Award-winning musical “Jersey Boys.”

            The film tells the story of four young men from the wrong side of the tracks in New Jersey who came together to form the iconic 1960s rock group The Four Seasons.  The story of their trials and triumphs are accompanied by the songs that influenced a generation, including “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Walk Like a Man,” “Dawn,” “Rag Doll,” “Bye Bye Baby,” “Who Loves You,” and many more.

These classic hits are now being embraced by a new generation of fans through the stage musical, which has been running on Broadway for more than eight years and has also enjoyed successful tours around the globe.

Starring in the film, John Lloyd Young reprises his Tony Award-winning portrayal of the legendary lead singer of The Four Seasons, Frankie Valli.  Erich Bergen stars as Bob Gaudio, who wrote or co-wrote all of the group’s biggest hits.  Michael Lomenda and Vincent Piazza star respectively as Nick Massi and Tommy DeVito, two original members of The Four Seasons.  Oscar® winner Christopher Walken (“The Deer Hunter”) stars as mobster Gyp DeCarlo.

            Oscar® winner Eastwood (“Million Dollar Baby,” “Unforgiven”) directed “Jersey Boys” from a screenplay and musical book by Marshall Brickman & Rick Elice, song music by Bob Gaudio and lyrics by Bob Crewe.  The film is produced by Eastwood, Graham King and Robert Lorenz, with Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tim Moore, Tim Headington, James Packer and Brett Ratner serving as executive producers.

The behind-the-scenes creative team was led by Academy Award®-nominated director of photography Tom Stern (“Changeling”); Academy Award®-nominated production designer James J. Murakami, (“Changeling”); Oscar®-winning editor Joel Cox (“Unforgiven”) and editor Gary D. Roach; and costume designer Deborah Hopper. 

            Warner Bros. Pictures presents a GK Films Production, a Malpaso Production, “Jersey Boys.”  Opening nationwide on June 20, 2014, the film will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

This film has been rated R for language throughout.


Orchestrated Sunny by Mark Ronson with Candie Payne



Hear this marvelous orchestrated “Sunny”

 Mark Ronson

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ON AUGUST 19, 2003 (37 years after Bobby Hebb and the Beatles performed onstage)

Mark Ronson released the Ghostface Killah / Nate Dog “Ooh Wee” sample of BoneyM’s “SUNNY”

Now there’s an orchestrated “Sunny” – the Bobby Hebb song – performed by Candie Payne

with Mark Ronson.  Check them both out!



Candice “Candie” Payne (born 19 December 1981 in Liverpool[1]) is an English singer and songwriter. She released her debut album, I Wish I Could Have Loved You More, on Deltasonic in May 2007. She is the sister of singer/songwriter Howie Payne, former frontman of band The Stands, and Sean Payne, the drummer of The Zutons.



Mark Ronson – of course – has the Ooh Wee (Sunny) remix from the BoneyM rendition of “Sunny”


with Nate Dogg and Ghostface Killah  “Ooh Wee” (Sunny remix)


Mark Ronson – Ooh Wee (Sunny Remix).wmv

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ooh wee Mark Ronson


LYRICS TO OOH WEE featuring “Sunny” by BoneyM (written by Bobby Hebb) here: