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: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HWbwUqSQezY

Here’s Slash performing on “Mama Kin” last night at the Aerosmith concert http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=33v9cF9j0mI

Dream On live July 16, 2014

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z2-8kOjDGMA

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EXCLUSIVE: Interview with Guitarist Peter White

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GUITARIST PETER WHITE COVERED ‘SUNNY’ ON HIS SONY CD PLAYIN’ FAVORITES

 



JULY 15, 2014 
INTERVIEW WITH PETER WHITE
CONDUCTED BY JOE VIGLIONE


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 Song.com/Thank you for your time and insight, Peter, and thank you for recording “Sunny.”

LISTEN TO PETER WHITE PERFORM “SUNNY” HERE:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=asDDqnvX0GI

Video #2
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nBm9KprGc5c


    Sunny The Song.com 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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Peter’s website and touring schedule are here:
 http://www.peterwhite.com/#tour

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https://www.facebook.com/Peter.White.Music

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on Amazon.com

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Tamiko Jones and Herbie Mann perform SUNNY

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SUNNY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1UVPOnhTUM

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 BobbyHebb.com for that title or go to our Bobby Hebb blog

http://bobbyhebb.blogspot.com/2014/06/ill-be-anything-for-you-tamiko-jones.html
Visit Bobby’s iTunes page frequently!
https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/bobby-hebb/id1152030

Bobby Hebb’s Facebook Page
https://www.facebook.com/bobbyhebbmusic

REMEMBER TO JOIN US ON TWITTER!
http://twitter.com/sunnythesong
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And check out:
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http://www.sunnythesong.com
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and our Facebook page
https://www.facebook.com/bobbyhebbmusic 

Send your CDs for possible review to:

SunnytheSong.com
P.O. Box 2392
Woburn, MA 01888 U.S.A.

 

 

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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9_bd86suteQ

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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lG6GzMeiReo

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

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frankie_Valli

Here’s my review of Timeless on AllMusic.com

. 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.

http://www.allmusic.com/album/timeless-mw0001880412

 

2007′s album ROMANCING THE SIXTIES

Track 10

10 3:45

 

http://www.allmusic.com/album/romancing-the-60s-mw0000487217

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.

www.jerseyboysmovie.com

 

Orchestrated Sunny by Mark Ronson with Candie Payne

 

 

Hear this marvelous orchestrated “Sunny”

 Mark Ronson

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hPa9nuexYbg

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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!

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FROM WIKIPEDIA

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.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Candie_Payne

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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)

 OOH WEE
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lpayJn3Ch5M

Mark Ronson – Ooh Wee (Sunny Remix).wmv

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fzNgyoaBdys

See WHO SAMPLED WHO here:

http://www.whosampled.com/sample/1691/Mark-Ronson-Ghostface-Killah-Nate-Dogg-Trife-Ooh-Wee-Boney-M.-Sunny/

ooh wee Mark Ronson

 

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

http://depositlyrics.com/Mark-Ronson/Ooh-Wee-lyrics

CRO heading towards 39 million spins of EASY – sampling Bobby Hebb’s SUNNY

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CRO’s EASY  – samples Bobby Hebb’s SUNNY

Almost 39 MILLION HITS on YouTube!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wOoLLDXbDY

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Easy Rap
267,863 thumbs up!

38,809,000 hits! of the YouTube Video

Uploaded on Nov 23, 2011

Das “Easy” Video ist für einen Echo nominiert! Hier könnt ihr voten: http://www.myvideo.de/Themen/Echo_201…
Geht einfach per Facebook-Zugang. Los gehts!

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Paul Mauriat’s flip of LOVEIS BLUE, “Sunny” being utilized /sampled for J’Lo’s BE MINE

Mauriat Mon Credo

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Paul Mauriat “Sunny”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0iAQnUD2h-c

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Jennifer Lopez  BE MINE

http://www.zapkolik.com/video/jennifer-lopez-be-mine-556015

Paul Mauriat’s SUNNY

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0iAQnUD2h-c

here’s how you compare samples

Jennifer Lopez – Paul Mauriat

http://www.whosampled.com/sample/6812/Jennifer-Lopez-Be-Mine-Paul-Mauriat-Sunny/

CRO   Bobby Hebb

http://www.whosampled.com/sample/128172/Cro-Easy-Bobby-Hebb-Sunny/

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Mauriat Paul

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MOS DEF  PRIORITY   samples Bobby Hebb’s FLOWER from Love Games

 

Moes Def

PRIORITY / FLOWER on YouTube

Over 222,000 hits

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lLKXSFeOSbc

Love_Games

 

Stevie Wonder Performs Bobby Hebb’s “Sunny”

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Stevie Wonder’s studio rendition of “Sunny” from his For Once In My Life CD

On the CBS Grammy Salute which featured Sir Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and Stevie Wonder on Sunday night, February 9th, 2014, it was a wonderful tribute to the Beatles’ 50th Anniversary.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/11/arts/television/cbs-grammy-salute-belongs-to-mccartney-and-starr.html?hpw&rref=arts&_r=0

On February 6, 2014, three nights earlier, Bobby Hebb’s daughter, Kitoto Von Hebb, performed “Sunny” at the Apollo Theater with the Brotherhood band as part of the http://nycfab50.com celebration of the music of the Beatles.  Bobby Hebb toured with the Fab Four in 1966.

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“Sunny” is the second song on Side 2 of the vinyl LP version of Stevie Wonder’s For Once in My Life LP

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You can hear Stevie Wonder’s Studio version of “Sunny” here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zvvBOWI1-jY

Find more videos on Bobby Hebb’s new Facebook page.  Please “Like” the new page

https://www.facebook.com/bobbyhebbmusic

Stevie Wonder performed “Sunny” on his 1970 Stevie Wonder Live! lp as well

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 Wikipedia on Stevie Wonder Live

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stevie_Wonder_Live

Listen to “Sunny” from 1970′s STEVIE WONDER LIVE
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P9RB-rp4pwQ

Here’s what appears to be a different mastering job on the same take, from Stevie Wonder Live, 1970

Stevie Wonder also performed “Sunny” by Bobby Hebb live http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EEebj9UR7dY

 

 

 

New CD single from Kitoto Von Hebb

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The new CD single from Kitoto Von Hebb debuts at the Apollo Theater on February 6, 2014.

Included along with the first releases from the Bobby Hebb Anthology boxed set – Proud Soul Heritage and Love You, two songs written by Bobby and performed by his daughter, Kitoto, are two versions of “Sunny.”  The first release on CD – ever – of Sunny performed live in Japan by Bobby Hebb.  There’s also a 1998 rendition of “Sunny” live.   A radio interview from 91.7 FM is also included with Bobby talking about the creation of Proud Soul Heritage

 

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Bobby Hebb and Beatles

New updated David West enhancement of classic photo Brian Epstein directed of the Beatles getting Bobby Hebb’s autograph

Memphis, August 19, 1966

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LEONARD NIMOY’S VERSION OF “SUNNY” in new film BLIND

see story below

Leonard Nimoy Reveals He Has Lung Disease, Warns Against Smoking

 

It’s too late for Leonard Nimoy, but he wants his fans to know that they should quit smoking now.

The 82-year-old actor, who’s played the iconic role of Spock in “Star Trek” TV shows and movies since 1966, has revealed that he has chronic obstructive pulmonary disease from his days as a smoker.
Meanwhile, he’s prolific on Twitter, with more than 807,000 followers. Nimoy regularly comments on his daily life, upcoming “Star Trek” events, and interacts with his fans.

Nimoy’s tweet about his diagnosis was met with supportive messages from that same group.

Read more here:

http://celebrity.yahoo.com/blogs/celeb-news/leonard-nimoy-reveals-he-has-copd–warns-against-smoking-223318587.html
LEONARD NIMOY’S COVER OF ‘SUNNY’ IN THE SOUNDTRACK TO THE FILM ‘BLIND’

VARIETY REPORTS:
http://variety.com/2014/film/reviews/sundance-film-review-blind-1201063430/

Much as “Reprise” was stuffed with overachieving references to Proust, Maurice Blanchot and the untranslated Norwegian poet Tor Ulven, “Blind,” too, runs thick with eccentric pop-culture ephemera, from the obscure 1970 Norwegian omnibus film “Days From 1000 Years” to a running discussion of Leonard Nimoy as actor, photographer and chanteur (his cover of Bobby Hebb’s “Sunny” is heard on the soundtrack).

http://bobbyhebb.blogspot.com/2014/01/the-beatles-and-bobby-hebb-february-6th.html

“Sunny” on The Way I Feel cd from Leonard Nimoy

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