Normally, I do not post on Sunday Kittens & Dawgs but it’s mid-January and this means it’s time for another Battle of the Bands showdown. Recently, Tom reminded me of an oldie I had forgotten but apparently I have an emotional attachment to. Perhaps something good happened to me the first time I heard it or maybe I just like it because of the poetic lyrics.
Thank you for the sunshine bouquet
Thank you for the love you brought my way
You gave to me your all and all
And now I feel ten feet tall
Sunny one so true, I love you
Whatever the reason, today, I’m featuring Bobby Hebb’s original Sunny with a touch of soul.
Sunny is one of the most performed and recorded songs with more than two hundred versions. In August 1966, Sunny peaked the Billboard Hot 100 charts at #2.
Did you know Hebb wrote the lyrics to Sunny following two major tragedies? JFK’s assissination and the stabbing death of his older brother. According to Hebb, he chose to have a sunny disposition over the lousy one he felt in the wake of the devastation over his brother’s death. One that many of us can learn from and aspire toward when faced with loss, pain, or general problems.
Hebb has said about “Sunny”: “All my intentions were to think of happier times and pay tribute to my brother – basically looking for a brighter day – because times were at a low. 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.'”
Voting is open to everyone visiting. There is NO wrong vote, except if you DON’T vote. You can start by telling me in comments which artist you like best and why (optional).
Contender #1 Stevie Wonder
Contender #2 Marva Whitney & James Brown
Which artist gets your vote, Stevie Wonder or Whitney & Brown?
The fun continues with more epic battles underway and I invite you to visit the official manager of BoTB, Stephen for the update list of players. I’ll share the results of this battle in my January 23rd Monday’s Mewsic Moves Me post and if you like mewsic then I invite you to hit the dance floor with me tomorrow with the 4M crew.
This is Curious as a Cathy signing off an instrumental take on this oldie classic for your enjoyment only. 😉
Until then have a songtastic day!