Marva Whitney & James Brown – Sunny (1969)

Marva Whitney & James Brown – Sunny (Audio Video)

Taken from the 1969 album, It’s My Thing by Marva Whitney.

Marva Whitney (born Marva Ann Manning; May 1, 1944 – December 22, 2012) was an American funk singer commonly referred to by her honorary title, Soul Sister #1. Whitney was considered by many funk enthusiasts to be one of the “rawest” and “brassiest” music divas.

Not only did Brown produce but he wrote or co-wrote most of the tracks and it basically sounds like a James Brown record with a female singer. A tough, aggressive female singer.

Born in Kansas City, Kansas, her performing career started as early as three years old while touring with her family’s gospel group, the Manning Gospel Singers. At the age of 16 she joined the Alma Whitney Singers and two years later she married Harry Olander Whitney with whom she had a daughter Sherrie Whitney. She began singing R&B music for the first time in 1963 at a Kansas City venue and studied music at college.

Whilst working at a garment factory, she continued performing in nightclubs and at local talent competitions, and by the mid-1960s had joined local group Tommy (Gadson) & The Derbys as their lead singer. The group opened for many leading performers passing through Kansas City.

In 1967, she left the group, and turned down offers to tour with Bobby Bland and Little Richard before joining the James Brown Revue as a featured vocalist. Her marriage to Harry Olander Whitney had ended in divorce in 1965. Subsequently, she was married, albeit briefly to disc jockey Phil Wardell.

Title (Format)LabelLabel#CategoryCountryYear
It’s My Thing ‎(LP, Album)King Records (3), King Records (3)KSD 1062, KS-1062US1969
It’s My Thing ‎(2xLP, RE, 180)Soul Brother Records (3)LP SBCS 6DUK2015
It’s My Thing ‎(LP, Album)Polydor184 321Germany1969
It’s My Thing ‎(LP, Album)Polydor583 767UK1969
It’s My Thing ‎(LP, RE, Unofficial)King Records (19)KING 01UK2000

Lyrics

Sunny, yesterday my life was filled with rain
Sunny, you smiled at me and really eased the pain

Oh, the dark days are done and the bright days are here
My sunny one shines so sincere
Oh, Sunny one so true, I love you

Sunny, thank you for the sunshine bouquet
Sunny, thank you for the love you’ve brought my way

You gave to me your all and all
Now I feel ten feet tall
Oh, Sunny one so true, I love you

Sunny, thank you for the truth you’ve let me see
Sunny, thank you for the facts from A to Z

My life was torn like wind-blown sand
Then a rock was formed when we held hands
Sunny one so true, I love you

Sunny, thank you for that smile upon your face
Sunny, thank you for that gleam that flows with grace

You’re my spark of nature’s fire
You’re my sweet complete desire
Sunny one so true, I love you

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Comment (23)

  1. To the Sunny lovers, here's a link to a playlist I created with 34 amazing versions of this beautiful song. Hope you like it and remember, keep a sunny disposition to life 😉

  2. Sunny, yesterday my life was filled with rain
    Sunny, you smiled at me and really eased the pain
    Now the dark days are done and the bright days are here
    My Sunny one shines so sincere
    Sunny, one so true, I love you

    Sunny, thank you for the sunshine bouquet
    Sunny, thank you for the love you've brought my way
    You gave to me your all and all
    And now I feel ten feet tall
    Sunny, one so true, I love you

    Sunny, thank you for the truth you've let me see
    Sunny, thank you for the facts from A to Z
    My life was torn like wind-blown sand
    Then a rock was formed when we held hands
    Sunny, one so true, I love you

    Sunny, thank you for that smile upon your face
    Sunny, thank you, thank you for that gleam that flows with grace
    You're my spark of nature's fire
    You're my sweet complete desire
    Sunny, one so true, yes, I love you

    Sunny, yesterday all my life was filled with rain
    Sunny, you smiled at me and really, really eased the pain
    Now the dark days are done and the bright days are here
    My Sunny one shines so sincere
    Sunny, one so true, I love you
    I love you (Sunny)
    I love you (Sunny)
    Said I love you (Sunny)

  3. That does indeed sound like Marva…just many times people don't recognize Marva and Lynn when they don't scream…listen to when the tempo quickens you will recognize Marva….

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