Hebb said in several interviews that he wrote "Sunny" in response to the slaying of his brother outside a Nashville nightclub and to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy a few days before.
Bobby Hebb, singer of '66 hit 'Sunny,' dies at 72 →
"I was intoxicated," Hebb told The Associated Press. "I came home and started playing the guitar. I looked up and saw what looked like a purple sky. I started writing because I'd never seen that before."
Bobby Hebb of `Sunny' fame dead at age 72 →