Ain’t No Sunshine When He’s Gone: ‘Sunny’ singer Bobby Hebb Dead At Age 72
Bobby, thank you for the smile upon your face. Bobby, thank you for the gleam that shows its grace. And thank you[lastfm] Bobby Hebb[/lastfm] for putting your heart, soul and personal story into every song you wrote, whether it be your hit song, “Sunny” or [lastfm]Lou Rawls[/lastfm]’ “A Natural Man.” [lastfm]Bobby Hebb[/lastfm] passed away from lung cancer in his hometown of Nashville on August 3rd, 2010 and leaves behind a personal legacy that befits any “happy and free natural man. ”
[lastfm]Bobby Hebb[/lastfm] was born on July 26, 1938 in Nashville to parents that were both blind musicians. Hebb started performing at the age of 3 with his brother Harold, six years his senior, and they garnered much youthful success in the Grand Ole Opry.
A majority of [lastfm]Bobby Hebb[/lastfm]’s musical path was as a background or touring artist to others like [lastfm]Bo Diddley[/lastfm], [lastfm]The Beatles[/lastfm]and [lastfm]Marvin Gaye[/lastfm], but his hit song “Sunny” made him internationally known. “Sunny” was written after the tragic death of both John F. Kennedy and his brother in the space of a few days. Known for its overwhelming optimism, Hebb says “Sunny” acted as a beacon of hope for him in those dark days:
“All my intentions were just to think of happier times – basically looking for a brighter day – because times were at a low tide.”
Rest in peace, [lastfm]Bobby Hebb[/lastfm]. Your optimism will be taken to heart and despite your passing, we’ll remember how you assured us that the “dark days are done, and the bright days are here.”