The popular song “Sunny” was written by American R&B/soul singer Bobby Hebb in 1966. Today it remains one of the most performed and recorded songs with hundreds of versions released to date. Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) has rated “Sunny” at number 25 in its Top 100 songs of the last century. It’s another great song you can hear at Lovesongs247.
Hebb was inspired to write the song after a double tragedy within 48 hours in November 1963. First there was the assassination of US President John F. Kennedy and then his older brother Harold was stabbed to death outside a Nashville nightclub.
According to Hebb the optimistic lyrics for the soul song came from a desire to express that one should always “look at the bright side.”
He wanted to think of happier times ahead and pay tribute to his brother. That’s our philosophy here at Lovesongs247, we’re the eternal optimists and you can hear that theme ringing in the songs we play for you.
Maybe you’re entering a different phase in your life, considering an important decision or seeking a romantic partner, whatever the case weigh things up and remember to look on the bright side!
“Sunny” was released as a single in 1966 and met immediate success peaking at number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Hebb recorded an updated version of the song with a disco beat in 1976.
Boney M’s euro disco arrangement is the most popular version and you can hear it at your favourite live internet radio station Lovesongs247. It was taken from their 1976 debut album Take the Heat off Me and following “Daddy Cool” was another major hit single for the group making the top 10 in the major European markets including number one’s in Germany, France, the Netherlands and Belgium.
Boney M are the only artists to appear twice in the top 10 best selling singles of all time in the UK with “Rivers of Babylon” in 7th place and “Mary’s Boy Child/Oh My Lord” at number 10. They are also among an elite group of six artists to shift a million copies with two singles in the same year.
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