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: