Bobby Hebb, who wrote the teenage hit Sunny – inescapable in my teens – has died. He was prompted to write it when his brother was knifed to death outside a Nashville nightclub, a day after the John F Kennedy assassination. Sunny was a girl who smiled at him. Jerry Ross produced the record.
Here’s the original: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IbUl_E-R91Q
One of the oddest things about it is a resemblance to the Bond theme from Dr No (I think) that connects the first two verses.
Hebb later toured with the Beatles. He died in Nashville yesterday, aged 72.