needed). Ridell was born in 1945 in Crystal Springs, Ms. He received
the nickname "Sunny" from his grandmother because of his bright and
cheery disposition. He began his career as a ten-year-old singing on
the street corners of Crystal Springs, Mississippi. He traveled to
New Orleans to record at White Cliffs Records, the same label and
studio as Little Richard and Fats Domino. He recorded "Come Out Into
My World", which was released as a 45 by White Cliff with "Don't
Leave Me Baby" as the B Side. After a few years in Chicago Ridell
next recorded for Darva records in Austin, Texas, where he recorded
"I'm Black and I know I'm Somebody". According to Ridell's bio this
song was "banned" from radio in Mississippi and other states, so it
was renamed "Soul 100 Part 1 and Part 2". (in 2013 Ridell
re-released the song digitally under it's original title)
According to a 2013 Living Blues Magazine feature during the filming of "Outlaw Blues", Sunny had to jump up on top of "ten sacks of fertilizer." Peter Fonda allegedly made Sunny repeat the leap so he could see, then made the comment, "Give him a cape. That man can fly!" A cape was presented to Sunny during filming the next day. Ridell added the cape as a prop in performance.
By the early 90s he
was back in Crystal Springs. Ace Records (USA) placed a couple
Ridell songs on a compilation entitled "America's Rhythm & Blues
Hall Of Fame" ("Come Into My World" & "Keep What Need") in 1992.
"Sunny Ridell" (Ecko 2001)
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"Snap, Crackle & Pop" (Three Kids Music 2001)
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