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Bobby Hebb

  • Musician and songwriter known for 1966 hit song "Sunny"
  • Co-wrote "A Natural Man," recorded by Lou Rawls resulting in a Grammy award
  • One of the first African American artists to perform on the Grand Ole Opry

Bobby Hebb began his career at a very young agin, dancing and singing with his brother at Nashville clubs like the Bijou Theater, The Hollywood Palm, Eva Thompson Jones Dance Studio, and The Paradise Club.

Bobby would go on to pen hundreds upon hundreds of tunes, among them, BMI’s number 25 most played song on their website in 2000, the classic "Sunny." Georgie Fame and Cher charted with the title in England, but it was Hebb’s original which reached the highest on charts in Europe and America. Covers by Frank Sinatra with Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Stevie Wonder, Frankie Valli, Nancy Wilson, the Four Tops, Wilson Pickett, Dusty Springfield, and so many others, insured the song would reach audiences outside of those who heard and continue to hear it on Top 40 and "oldies" stations. The song reached beyond Top 40, climbing the country and R&B charts as well. At the height of the song's popularity, Hebb toured with the Beatles in the United States.

When he joined Roy Acuff's Smoky Mountain Boys around 1952, he was one of the first African American artists to perform on the Grand Ole Opry. Around 1958 Bobby Hebb tracked "Night Train to Memphis," a song written by Owen Bradley for Roy Acuff's Smoky Mountain Boys. The tune was re-released in 1998 on a Warner Bros. box set, From Where I Stand, which also included "A Satisfied Mind" from the 1966 Sunny album.

After a recording gap of thirty five years, Hebb recorded “That’s All I Wanna Know,” his first commercial release since “Love Games” for Epic Records in 1970. It was released in Europe in late 2005 by Tuition, a pop indie label. New versions of "Sunny" were also issued. In October 2008, Hebb toured and played in Osaka and Tokyo, Japan.

Hebb continued to live in his hometown of Nashville until his death in 2010.

Inducted to the Music City Walk of Fame on November 7, 2010.