- 50th Anniversary Collection Of Sunny / Various
- Artist: Various Artists
- Format: LP
- Release Date: 10/28/2016
LP version. Includes 12-page folder. Trocadero present a "one song" compilation celebrating the 50th anniversary of Bobby Hebb's 1966 hit, "Sunny". Bobby Hebb was living in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 2000 when Rüdiger Ladwig found him. The pair subsequently worked together on compiling two volumes of A Collection Of Various Interpretations Of Sunny for the Trocadero label, released in 2002. The two CD anthologies contained 33 vintage versions of "Sunny", including Bobby's own, that underscored the incredible wealth of contrasting renditions of Hebb's signature theme. The 50th Anniversary Collection Of Sunny collects highlights of those long-gone and much sought after original compilations. After the release of those two compilations, Hebb and Ladwig became friends and worked together on several projects, including Hebb's 2005 studio album That´s All I Wanna Know (TR 20691LP/TR 20692CD). Hebb had his biggest hit in 1966 with the self-penned "Sunny," a pop classic, a worldwide hit and one of the most recorded songs of the century, too. Hebb´s brother Harold was murdered on the day after President Kennedy's assassination in November of 1963, but contrary to legend, those tragedies weren't the primary catalysts for Bobby Hebb to write "Sunny." They may have figured into it somehow, along with some sad times he´d experienced and the civil rights struggle then in full swing. In one interview, he mentioned being lyrically inspired by a purple New York sunrise after a long night out on the town. "Sunny" broke out during the spring of '66, topping Cash Box's pop charts and catapulting to #2 pop and #3 R&B in Billboard as it went gold. Suddenly Bobby was in high demand, appearing as one of the preliminary acts on The Beatles's last American tour. The 50th Anniversary Collection Of Sunny features covers by: James Brown & Dee Felice Trio, Shirley Bassey, Robert Mitchum, Dusty Springfield, The Head Shop, The John Schroeder Orchestra, Georgie Fame, Cher, Wilson Pickett, Herbie Mann & Tamiko Jones, Booker T. & The MG´s, Trini Lopez, Ella Fitzgerald and Jose Feliciano.