Tuesdays Tunes: “Sunny” by Bobby Hebb

Bobby Hebb - Sunny By Bobby Hebb (1976, Vinyl) | Discogs

One from my early, early memories and one I never forgot. I mean this song is perfect. The words really adapt to the music perfectly…

And who hasn’t felt that way, thanking the sun for the “sunshine you gave…and for…the love you brought my way…” Who hasn’t felt “…ten feet tall…” when that sunshine is filling your soul with energy, hope and lighting your way out of darkness.

And it was darkness, we are told, that brought Bobby Hebb to write this song. First he felt the national tragedy when in his country…the US…a president was assassinated (1963) and then a personal tragedy, his brother was knifed to death at a Nashville bar, took over his life. Coming out of tragedy one should be thankful and this is what makes this song one of my favourites.

“All my intentions were just to think of happier times – basically looking for a brighter day – because times were at a low tide. After I wrote it, I thought ‘Sunny’ just might be a different approach to what Johnny Bragg was talking about in ‘Just Walkin’ in the Rain.” This is what Bobby Hebb had to say about his song. He was looking at the bright side of life and walking…singing…his way out of depression or a depressive mood. It is a great message and learning experience for many, still valid.

The song, recorded in New York and released in 1966, rose immediately to become a hit and Bobby Hebb was asked to tour with The Beatles…

I love this song for sure and I hope you enjoy it. Here is an interesting version taken from a TV show in 1972:

(Bobby Hebb, “Sunny” in a 1972 performance)



  1. Brad Osborne · January 26

    Love this song! I had never seen this acoustic version and this is better than the original, as it highlights his voice, those fabulous key changes, and his exceptional guitar work. This really took me back, Francisco! Thanks for the memories!

    • Francisco Bravo Cabrera · January 26

      Memories are wonderful. And I’ve always loved the positiveness and the happiness alluded to in this song. Thank you Brad, and I didn’t know about the acoustic version either and you are right, I too like it better than the original. All the best and Happy Tuesday!

  2. janetsm · 30 Days Ago

    I’ve always loved this song. You can’t sit still when listening to it! Interesting version I hadn’t heard before. Have a happy Wednesday. J

    • Francisco Bravo Cabrera · 30 Days Ago

      Me too Janet, and yes, I was quite pleased to find this video with this very nice version. Thank you and all the best,

  3. margarethallfineart · 30 Days Ago

    Thanks, Francisco. Brilliant! Just what I needed right now.

    • Francisco Bravo Cabrera · 30 Days Ago

      I think it is something we all need right now! Thank you Margaret! Greetings from Valencia and all the best,

  4. cincinnatibabyhead · 25 Days Ago

    Great take and love the live cut. Ron Carter played with everyone.

    • Francisco Bravo Cabrera · 24 Days Ago

      One of the greatest, played with Miles, Coltrane, and yes, everyone, including Bobby Hebb. Thought you would like it CB and thanks!

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