IHGN mourns the passing of brilliant singer and songwriter Bobby Hebb, who died on Tuesday this week from lung cancer aged 72.
Hebb will always be remembered as the writer of ‘Sunny’, one of the happiest songs of all time. Amongst my favourite versions of this often-covered classic (aside from Hebb’s own) are those by Andy Williams, Frankie Valli and Dusty Springfield. However, for me two others stand out from the rest.
Firstly, this 1976 disco classic from Boney M – one of the first songs I play (with irony/optimism) after the clocks go foward every year…
Secondly, this rather stunning acoustic version by Cher from 1966:
May you rest in peace, Bobby.
4 thoughts on “Bobby Hebb 1938 – 2010”
oh wow. that’s sad. I always liked that song “Sunny” but I never knew anything about the artist. Rest in peace.
Talia, I honestly think he should be given some kind of sainthood for writing that song. Amazing piece of music.
RIP – Bobby Hebb, 72. The day after JFK was shot Hebb’s brother was killed in a bar fight. While the nation mourned, he wrote “Sunny, yesterday my life was filled with rain / Sunny, you smiled at me and really eased the pain.” http://urdead2me.wordpress.com/2010/08/03/rip-bobby-hebb/