If you were old enough to pay attention to AM radio in 1966 (possibly the best year ever for pop music singles) then you wouldn’t listen long without hearing “Sunny” by Bobby Hebb. Hebb died earlier this week in Nashville, and Peter Cooper has written a fine remembrance.
” “A few years ago, a young man was feeling a little disturbed, down and out,” James Brown told a Paris audience in 1971, as he introduced his version of “Sunny.” “So he decided to write a tune he thought would make things a little more beautiful around the world. He thought about writing a tune that would kind of inspire people, to give them an uplift, to want to do their thing, the way they feel. . . . The title of the tune was ‘Sunny.’” “