No more Sunny boy

No more Sunny boy


norman lebrecht

August 04, 2010

Bobby Hebb, who wrote the teenage hit Sunny – inescapable in my teens – has died. He was prompted to write it when his brother was knifed to death outside a Nashville nightclub, a day after the John F Kennedy assassination. Sunny was a girl who smiled at him. Jerry Ross produced the record.

Here’s the original:

One of the oddest things about it is a resemblance to the Bond theme from Dr No (I think) that connects the first two verses.

Hebb later toured with the Beatles. He died in Nashville yesterday, aged 72.