“Oh How Happy” Performed by Shades of Blue (1966), Edwin & Blinky (1969) & The Jackson 5 (1971)

March 11, 2010


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#12 Billboard Top 100, #16 R&B Singles Chart

In 1961 a group of Detroit high school students   formed a singing group called the Domingos who naturally patterned their sound after Motown.  When another local group suggested they audition for RicTic Records (home of the Flaming Ember(s) and the Reflections and eventually purchased by Motown) they hung around the studio and stated singing with Edwin Starr who had a partially written song and the result was “Oh How Happy” recorded for The Golden World Label.

An independent producer liked what he heard and gave the soulful singers a new name and took them to  Impact Records where  “OHH” was recorded and became a  hit in 1966! The group soon broke up in 1970.

More historical detail on the blue-eyed soul group can be found here at this well done web site.

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#92 Billboard Hot 100

“Just We Two” , a 1969 Motown LP of duets by Edwin Starr and Blinky (Sandra Williams) contains their cover version of the classic.

Composed by Charles Hatcher,  this feel-good classic is another tune I have always loved  both when the original came out in 1966, when Edwin & Blinky’s cover came out,   and then later when the J5 cover came out, with my then love Jermaine singing lead. :-)   Of course MJJ’s background harmonizing and Tito’s bass is awesome too. Just listen and I bet you will agree. Here it is  as it appears on the J5′s 1971 “Third Album.”

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Please vote and share your favorite version of this song. I know I went off the Theme a bit by sharing covers of the original by the Blue Eyed Soul Artist being recognized — but I just love the song in all incarnations and wanted to share my joy. Hope you don’t mind.

Trivia: Even thought the group helped to create this classic, often covered hit song, they never got the writing credit they deserved. The record was credited solely to Charles Hatcher — the birth name of Edwin Starr!

Musically Yours,

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