“Oh Happy Day” Performed by The Edwin Hawkins Singers (1969)

February 11, 2010


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The Grammy for 1969  Best Soul Gospel Performance went to ” Oh Happy Day” performed by the Edwin Hawkins Singers.

Everybody, no matter what race, creed or color,  sang along and loved this song when it came out.  With simple (yet deep) lyrics and a catchy tune — any one and everyone could sing along. And like most of the great songs I blog about from the Sixties, no matter what your mood you would instantly feel better when listening to and/or  singing along to this classic tune on your AM radio!

Hawkins’ arrangement of this 18th century hymn was recorded by the Edwin Hawkins Singers, with Dorothy Combs Morrison on lead. It charted #4 in the US and #2 in the UK!

This arrangement has become the standard internationally!

OSML Trivia : Did you know that George Harrison was inspired to write his 1970 hit “My Sweet Lord” after hearing “Oh Happy Day (and NOT the Chiffons’ “He’s So Fine”? LOL . Well now you know  :-)

Almost the originators.

One of my favorite moments from Sister Act 2!

Musically Yours,

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