Boney M - Daddy Cool (1976) & Sunny (1976) - Song History

The story of the birth of the most famous disco hits of the 80s...

How did Boney M. record the songs about "Cool Daddy" and "Sunshine"?

In the mid-1970s and early 1980s, along with Italian motifs, every Soviet receiver played incendiary disco music! Well, its main favourites probably need no introduction: ABBA and Boney M. About the latter band, or to be more exact - about its most iconic hits today and we will talk about it!

Popular in the 80's disco band Boney M.!
Popular in the 80's disco band Boney M.!

"Daddy Cool" (1976)

Boney M.'s albums were listened to in their entirety! As a group Boney M. received very little attention in the history of pop music. However, many Soviet listeners still remember and love their tracks to this day!

Boney M. captivated the audience with its brightness and incendiary sound!
Boney M. captivated the audience with its brightness and incendiary sound!

The main creative force of the band has always been Frank Farian! Not having worked out as a singer in his youth, he decided to stay in the shadow of more talented and energetic artists. The famous bands like Milli Vanilli, Gilla, La Bouche, etc. were all taken under Farian's wing, but Boney M. was his ticket to the Olympus of fame.

It was Farian who wrote "Daddy Cool", which was released in 1976. As a matter of fact, the song does not have any meaning. The success of the track is largely due to the rhythmic, catchy chorus and awesome bass part.

The song about "Cool Daddy" only became popular when Boney M. performed it on the hit German TV show "Musikladen".

As a result, "Daddy Cool" became #1 in the band's homeland, and made it into the British Top 10!

In his interview, Farian shared:

"...I originally foresaw the success of 'Daddy Cool'! I put all my years of experience, all my imagination into that song... To be honest, I didn't expect this kind of success with Boney M. In my mind I was ready for the guys to be a one hit band... But I didn't expect it, and I was pleasantly surprised that it was so successful and long-lasting!

Frank Farian is 78 years old!
Frank Farian is 78 years old!

By the way: Farian himself can also be heard on "Daddy Cool"! He acted as a backing vocalist (it is said that he also made the characteristic "tic-tic-tic-tic" sound).

"Sunny" (1976).

Many people associate this song with the soulful vocals of Liz Mitchell. In many ways, her sound has become the signature highlight of disco style!

But the original author of "Sunny" was Bobby Hebb. The musician wrote this song back in 1963! The song was based on the assassination of John Kennedy, which shook America and the singer himself... To dispel the melancholy and hope for the best, Bobby composed the encouraging and bright "Sunny"!

American soul musician Bobby Hebb...
American soul musician Bobby Hebb...

The song about "Sunshine" was the only major hit by a dark-skinned artist! In the U.S. top charts, it earned #2!

Before the German disco group, "Sunny" was sung by Cher, Mico, Ella Fitzgerald... But Boney M. managed to make Bobby Hebb's song a resounding hit!

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