1969 SONG OF THE DAY-“OH HAPPY DAY”- THE EDWIN HAWKINS SINGERS

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1969 Song of the Day is “Oh Happy Day” by The Edwin Hawkins Singers. Oh Happy Day was an 18th century hymn written by clergymen Philip Doddridge. The Edwin Hawkins Singers made the song a gospel arrangement and it became an international hit single for them- reaching #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US. It went to #2 in the UK and #1 in Germany. Dorothy Combs Morrison sang the lead vocal.Edwin Hawkins was director, arranger and played piano on the song.  George Harrison would credit “Oh Happy Day” as a main inspiration for his “My Sweet Lord” which topped the charts in 1970.

 

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7 responses to “1969 SONG OF THE DAY-“OH HAPPY DAY”- THE EDWIN HAWKINS SINGERS

  1. I thought it was you who’d written about this before? Maybe not. But as I understood it, Harrison wrote My Sweet Lord and then later when it was pointed out how similar it was to Oh Happy Day he/everyone realized it was a case of something like cryptonesia. I don’t think that was the term, but one like it. He had totally plagiarized the melody, but unconsciously.

  2. Ah………….! I just heard the opening chords of Oh Happy Day which sounded a little bit like the other song. He’s So Fine. Of course! Thanks.

    • George would in 1976 write This Song- about the whole He’s So Fine ordeal… “This Song has nothing Bright about it” -Bright Tunes Corporation being the ones who sued him.

  3. How interesting that folks are focusing on the lawsuit instead of what made this song a chart topper. It was about what people felt when they listened to it.

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