Bobby Hebb Boxed Set

Bobby Hebb Boxed Set
Update May 14, 2012
Producer Joe Viglione

Our target release date is September 15, 2012, four months away.
We are discussing sponsorship with like-minded companies that understand the beauty and importance of this project.
Discs 1 and 2 will contain "the best of" Bobby Hebb as well as rarities. We are being very particular about the tracks chosen and once we discuss the process the tracks may change...and change. We would like to have the complete box ready for Christmas 2012.
Our goal is for the audience that has embraced “Sunny” to have a much better understanding of Bobby Hebb's genius; the signature song is the focal point as well as the avenue where musicians, fans, historians and everyday people can discover the life's work of this incredible artist.
The title pages of the two websites and – that we are currently composing and updating have elements from this boxed set’s material in them.
The Sunny Box – our nickname for Vol 1 - will be a treasure chest of different versions of “Sunny” by Bobby, along with songs spanning his entire career. It is a delicious collector’s item that fans of "Sunny" will be able to explore. And we’re hoping that artists from around the world will record not only “Sunny” in a variety of languages, but other Bobby Hebb songs that strike a chord within them, that speak to them and, in turn, help them communicate that spirit and vibration to the world.
...In a perfect world we'd have 4 audio discs and a DVD (5 discs)...actually, in a perfect world we'd have 10 volumes with all of Bobby's work included ...and maybe Vol.1 will lead to that. It’s a first step.
Any thoughts on the ideas presented here are most welcome. Potential sponsors interested in working with us to bring the Sunny Box to libraries in cities, towns and colleges around the world should contact us to discuss the possibilities.
Joe Viglione
Executive Producer
Bobby Hebb Boxed Set
P.O. Box 2392
Woburn, MA 01888
tel:(617)899 5926
SUNNY - The Bobby Hebb Anthology
Boxed Set
Proposed Release Date: September 15 2012
Label: Hebb Cats Recordings
Copyright © 2010 Hebb Cats recordings
1)Sunny (Original 1966 hit, stereo) 2:45
2)Sunny (Jerry Ross demo)
3)You Want To Change Me
4)Love Love Love
5)A Natural Man (Bobby Hebb/Sandy Baron) from Bernard Purdie album
6)Proud Soul Heritage (45 RPM)
7)A Satisfied Mind from Uni/original Sunny CD
8)Dreamy (demo)
9)Charms of the Arms of Love (demo)
10)Love Me (from Philips 45)
11)Nancy (with the Laughing Face) from Bobby Hebb Live
12)Got My Mojo Working from Bobby Hebb Live
13)Cut It Out from Bobby Hebb Live
14) Tree Top High (from Portable Publishing Demos)
15)Love You (from Portable Publishing Demos)
16)True I Love You (Laurie Single, b/w Proud Soul Heritage)
17)Proud Soul Heritage (Live, 1971, with Ron Carter on bass)
18)Sunny (Live, on TV 1971 with Ron Carter on bass)
19)A Natural Man (live, on TV 1971 with Ron Carter on bass)
20)Sunny 1998 re-mastered by Jon Wyner and Joe Viglione
1)Sunny (Bobby Hebb) 2:45 Philips #40365 45 RPM
One of the most recorded titles in pop music history. Remastered in 2004 by Gavin Lurssen (who has worked on multiple Grammy-winning albums) and Uni’s Heather Whitten for the re-release on HipO Select that Bobby & I were part of in 2004.
In 1997 “Sunny” was included in the 6 cd Beg Scream & Shout box which won the Grammy Award for Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package. In 2005 “Sunny” was included in Night Train To Nashville which won a Grammy for Best Historical Album co-produced by Michael Gray of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Bobby’s Grammy is on his website,
2)Sunny (demo recorded by producer Jerry Ross)
3)You Want To Change Me (Kenny Gamble/Leon Huff) 2:46 Philips #40551
The second of two Northern Soul hits for Bobby, and his final 45 RPM on Philips Records, catalog #40551, is a phenomenal slice of Northern Soul and Space Age Bachelor Pad music. "You Want To Change Me" b/w "Dreamy" borrows heavily from the sounds of Star Trek and The Fifth Dimension's rendition of Jimmy Webb's "Up, Up and Away" (take a ride in my beautiful balloon). Those elements aren't there in the demo of "Dreamy" that Bobby tracked at this point in time, circa 1968.
4)Love Love Love (Jerry Ross/Joe Renzetti) 3:02 Philips #40400
Launched six years after the Sunny album was released, hitting the Top 40 in the United Kingdom this song was actually the flip side of Bobby’s second American hit, a cover of Porter Wagoner’s big big 1950s hit “A Satisfied Mind”.
5)A Natural Man (Bobby Hebb/Sandy Baron)
From Visual Radio, 1998 with Thomas Hebb on bass. This song was an out-take from Eskimo, a proposed Broadway show being written by actor/comedian Sandy Baron – Bobby’s very close friend, and Bobby.
Lou Rawls recorded it along with “His Song Shall Be Sung”, a tune for Marvin Gaye, both on the MGM label. At the 14th Grammys this won Best R & B Vocal Performance, Male for Lou Rawls, March 15, 1972.
6)Proud Soul Heritage (Bobby Hebb) Laurie Records/EMI LR 3632
One of Bobby’s favorite titles - this is the original version as released on a 45 RPM on Laurie Records.
7)A Satisfied Mind (Hayes/Rhodes)
Live from the Grand Ole Opry this rendition of Philips #40400, a big American hit for
Bobby Hebb, was recorded in the new millennium when Bobby was awarded 6 million
spins of SUNNY from BMI.
8)Dreamy (Bobby Hebb) demo version
We got this publishing demo off of eBay, believe it or not, along with a demo of The Charms of the Arms Of Love.
9)The Charms Of The Arms of Love (Demo)
This song would appear produced by James Fleming Rasmussen (who had a hit, “Echo Park” with Keith Barbour on Epic records) on Bobby’s Epic Records release LOVE GAMES.
10)Love Me Philips 40421 2:06 (Kenny Gamble/Jerry Ross)
Perhaps this song should have been the immediate follow-up to “Sunny”, two of the three songwriters who penned “I’m Gonna Make You Love Me”, with exquisite Jerry Ross production, it’s just a great response to “Sunny”. As terrific as “A Satisfied Mind” is – and was – establishing the audience that “Sunny” found was key…of course I’m being a Monday morning quarterback but…
11) Nancy (With the Laughing Face) (Jimmy Van Heusen/Phil Silvers) One of two versions of this song that Bobby recorded with me. This one was recorded with the Kubota Powerjazz Unit in Bridgewater, Massachusetts. Co-written by Phil Silvers, the comedian, it was a big Frank Sinatra classic.
12)Got My Mojo Working
Live from Visual Radio 1998
This was Bobby’s signature tune prior to “Sunny”. That’s why they called him Mojo. This rendition was recorded with Thomas Hebb on bass.
13)Cut It Out (Little Willie Brown)
This is the rendition that Bobby played for me on my third edition of Visual Radio on August 26, 1995. We edited the show on August 29, 1995
14)Tree Top High from the Portable Publishing Demos
15) Love You from the Portable Publishing Demos
16)True, I Love You This was the flip of Proud Soul Heritage
17) Proud Soul Heritage (Live, 1971, with Ron Carter on bass)
18)Sunny (Live, on TV 1971 with Ron Carter on bass)
19)A Natural Man (live, on TV 1971 with Ron Carter on bass)
These three songs were recorded with Ron Carter for a live TV show
20)Sunny Live May 1998 recorded for Visual Radio
Remastered with Jonathan Wyner on November 24, 2010
August 26, 1995. We edited the show on August 29, 1995 and on November 24, 2010, the day before Thanksgiving, Jonathan Wyner and I remastered ; I added some production and here is a very intimate and stunning version of the classic.
Sunny - The Bobby Hebb Anthology - begins with Bobby’s timeless 1966 classic as originally produced by Jerry Ross for Philips Records, and then takes you through a musical journey that is a textbook of Americana, rhythm and blues, country, soul, gospel and pop. Through this adventure in sound the spirit of Robert “Bobby” Hebb - as heard through his formidable intuition and his musical skills - will entertain, enlighten and teach.
Though “Sunny” is the centerpiece of the collection - including totally different versions performed by Bobby through the decades, it is also the guidepost. In addition to the superb chord changes, soothing vocal and inspiring words found in his signature tune there are other melodies and tales to tell. The world of Northern Soul is graced with the magic of both Jerry Ross and the production team of Gamble & Huff with “Love Love Love” and “You Want To Change Me”, respectively, finding their way into the hearts of tens of thousands of fans of that musical genre.
Four years after “Sunny” while Sly & The Family Stone were recording There’s A Riot Going On, Bobby was in the larger studio at the same facility recording what I call in the AMG review of the Epic/Sony release “as exquisite an album of adult contemporary R&B as you'll find.” Why this production by James Fleming Rasmussen didn’t change the direction of soul music as we know it when Lou Rawls and Gamble & Huff were about to saturate the charts is not only a mystery, it is a notable flaw in the way great music is left to its own devices without the marketing that it deserves.
This collection of music will dig very, very deep into the lost mines and bring out treasures that are crying to be heard again. From Bobby’s early days with the honky tonk legend, Poppa John Gordy, playing spoons and wind instruments on Bullet Records when he was about 12 years of age, during the same period of time when he was schooled on the road with the King of the Hillbillies, the legendary Roy Acuff, this anthology will bring to light Bobby Hebb’s special skills as - what his sideman Nat Simpkins noted - are the skills of a man he considers the most musical man in the world.
Part of the idea is to sprinkle a variety of renditions of “Sunny” throughout this boxed set, culminating in a terrific live version on the audio documentary, Disc 3 tapes on the date of August 17, 1966 at the Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, Canada with the Epic group Barry And The Remains providing the back-up on the Beatles tour. The audio is from the audience, but the historical importance makes this gem a precious listen for fans of Bobby, The Remains and the Fab 4!
In a perfect world Brian Epstein might’ve signed the entire list of groups from the tour to one label – four years later Epic would sign Bobby Hebb while The Remains had disbanded. In retrospect, how do groups go from opening for the Beatles and then disbanding? That’s the time-old question, how an artist of such extraordinary talent – and success – such as Bobby Hebb – and a group that would develop a huge cult following – the Remains – how they didn't receive a five album deal with the labels they were on?
Bobby’s legacy on Philips Records is a group of terrific 45 RPMS including “You Want To Change Me’, a huge Northern Soul underground smash that has been bootlegged multiple times and found itself going for huge dollars on the internet, over one hundred dollars per copy at times for the promotional 45 RPM.
Ian Levine, a producer who is an expert on Northern Soul, videotaped Bobby performing both “Love Love Love” and “You Want To Change Me”. Those clips, as well as the Grand Ole Opry performances, are included on Disc 5, the respectful two hour documentary on Bobby’s life.