From '' L'amore se ne va / Sunny ''
Label: Fox -- HF 1011
Format: Vinyl, 7''
A L'amore se ne va
"Sunny" is a song written by Bobby Hebb.
BMI rates "Sunny" number 25 in its "Top 100 songs of the century."
Hebb wrote the song in the 48 hours following a double tragedy on November 22, 1963, the day U.S. President John F. Kennedy was assassinated and Hebb's older brother Harold was stabbed to death outside a Nashville nightclub.
Hebb was devastated by both events and many critics say that those events & critically the loss of his older brother inspired the lyrics & tune.
According to Hebb, he merely wrote the song as an expression of a preference for a "sunny" disposition over a "lousy" disposition following the murder of his brother.
The personnel on the original recording included Joe Shepley, Burt Collins on trumpet, Micky Gravine on trombone, Artie Kaplan and Joe Grimaldi on sax, Artie Butler on piano, Joe Renzetti and Al Gorgoni on guitar, Joe Macho on bass, Al Rogers on drums and George Devens on percussion. the song was originally recorded while the session was in overtime, so many of the studio musicians booked for that date had to leave early for other recording sessions they were booked for.
"Sunny" was recorded at Bell Sound Studios in New York City and released as a single in 1966.
It met an immediate success, which resulted in Hebb touring in 1966 with The Beatles.
It has been recorded by Boney M.
The song is featured in the film "Boogie Nights" (1997).
Many other artists have recorded versions of the song. Georgie Fame's and Cher's issues both charted in the UK Top 75 in 1966.
Other covering artists include Andy Williams, Public Enemies, Richard Anthony, James Brown and Marva Whitney, Wes Montgomery, Robert Mitchum, the Classics IV, the Electric Flag, Jose Feliciano, Stevie Wonder, Ella Fitzgerald, The Four Seasons, The Four Tops, Marvin Gaye, Earl Grant, Mary Wells, Paul Carrack, David Clayton-Thomas, Jamiroquai, Stanley Jordan, Marion Rung, Mina, Jimmy Smith, Johnny Mathis, Les McCann, Chris Montez, The Head Shop, Leonard Nimoy, Wilson Pickett, Los york's, Del Shannon, Nick Cave, Oscar Peterson with Joe Pass and Ray Brown, Dusty Springfield, Helge Schneider, War, Ajico, Gary Lewis and the Playboys, Twinset featuring Barnaby Weir, The Electric Flag, Terrorgruppe and The Walker Brothers.
Buddy Richard recorded the song in Spanish in 1964 with the title "Cielo"
Luis Miguel recorded the song in Spanish for his 1987 album Soy Como Quiero Ser.
Frank Sinatra covered "Sunny" with Duke Ellington on their collaborative album, Francis A. & Edward K..
Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass made an instrumental version of "Sunny" on the LP album "The Brass Are Comin'" launched in 1969,
Yambu recorded a 12" inch extended play disco version of Sunny released in 1975. That version of the song is used in the Stephen Chow movie, CJ7.
Cris Barber recorded a version of the song on her 2008 album This Moment to Be Free.
Christophe Willem covered the song in 2006 (#3 in France, #9 in Belgium
Mark Ronson did a live cover with Candie Payne at the Electric Proms
Stanley Turrentine also covered the song on his album "The Spoiler."
Pat Martino covered the song in 1972 on his first live album.
Pino Presti covered the song in 1976 on his album 1st Round
Los Yaki covered this song and renamed it "Sonia", it was later performed by the ska band Panteon Rococo
Issei Noro of Casiopea, Masahiro Andoh of T-Square and Hirokuni Korekata of KORENOS, covered this song with their Supergroup, Ottottrio, on their 1998 Album, "Triptych".
Bill Cosby covered this song on his 1968 album Bill Cosby Sings Hooray for the Salvation Army Band!
Ulfuls have a Japanese version called "Yonin".
The song has also been covered by Sunny, a Korean singer from the popular girl group Girls' Generation in their first Asia Tour.
The Chopsticks (a Hong Kong female duo, made up of Sandra Lang (仙杜拉) & Amina (亞美娜)), covered this as a medley song with "Chain Of Fools"、"Gimme Little Sign" & "Uptight (Everything's Alright)" on their 1971 LP 《All Of A Sudden》issue.
An instrumental version of the song has been recorded by Booker T. and the M.G.'s and another by Manfred Mann on their 1966 EP Instrumental Assassination.
A previously unreleased version by the 1970s British vocal group Design was included on their 2012 CD One Sunny Day: Singles and Rarities 1968-1978.
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