Oh Happy Day" is a 1967 gospel music arrangement of an 18th-century hymn by clergyman Philip Doddridge. Recorded by the Edwin Hawkins Singers, it became an international hit in 1969, reaching No. 4 on the US Singles Chart, No. 1 in France, Germany, and the Netherlands and No. 2 on the Canadian Singles Chart, UK Singles Chart, and Irish Singles Chart. It has since become a gospel music standard.
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The Edwin Hawkins Singers made a second foray into the charts exactly one year later, backing folk singer Melanie on "Lay Down (Candles in the Rain)". The soloists on the album were Elaine Kelly, Margarette Branch, Dorothy Combs Morrison (the original lead singer on "Oh Happy Day"), Tramaine Davis (Hawkins), Reuben Franklin, Donald Cashmere, Betty Watson, and Ruth Lyons. Once "Oh Happy Day" started being played in other parts of the country and the group was made aware of its rising success on the radio, they began to get in contact with the right people in the industry who helped them get a major record deal.
Beginning with the title track of their debut LP, Let Us Go Into the House of the Lord, the disc includes the full version of the surprise pop hit "Oh Happy Day," along with several of Hawkins' own excellent compositions, among them "I Shall Be Free," "Precious Memories," and "Late in the Evening.
Oh Happy Day. Artist: Edwin Hawkins. Album: Love Is the Only Way, 1998. This track 5 from the 1968 album "Let Us Go Into The House Of The Lord". Lead by Dorothy Morrison-Combs Written by Philip Doddridge Arranged by Edwin Hawkins Edwin Hawkins was a pianist at Ephesian Church of God in Christ in Berkeley, California when he came up with the popular Latin/Soul version of the song Oh Happy Day in 1968. Other stations followed, and Buddah Records signed Hawkins to a record deal, rechristening the Northern California State Youth Choir "The Edwin Hawkins Singers" for their reissue of the album, which became a huge hit. This song was recorded for the Gospel market, and its secular success didn't go over well with everyone at the church: local officials of the denomination circulated a petition asking secular radio stations to stop airing the song.
Oh, the happy day!, Oh, happy day! Now when I think of heaven!, Oh, happy day! I'm gon' spread the news! Oh, happy day! I'm gonna walk around! Oh, happy day! In my golden shoes! Oh, happy day! Tell me where you get it, Oh, happy day! They tell me that the gates of hell, Oh, happy day! . Oh, Happy Day" Track Info. Written By Edwin Hawkins. Vocals By Dorothy Combs Morrison.
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