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O happy day

COVERED BY ELVIS

O Happy Day


recording date elvis: Friday, 7 August 1970; Concert
first release:

originally by: Trinity Choir

recording year: 1913
originally written by: doddridge;rimbault
catalognumber: 17499
label: victor





This traditional song became very popular in1969 when The Edwin Hawkins Singers, featuring Dorothy Morgan, scored an international multi-million seller with the number. The Singers had recorded "Oh Happy Day" in 1967, together with seven other traditional gospel songs, in an effort to raise funds for the choir, then known as the Northern California State Youth Choir.
The song received a Grammy award for Best Soul Gospel song of 1969. The first known recording, however, dates from July 1913 on Victor 17499. The song uses the words to a mid-18th century hymn by Philip Doddridge, set to a tune by Edward Rimbault, who also added a chorus. Edwin Hawkins' version ignores the verses and only uses Rimbault's chorus, which is repeated often.
Elvis never made a studio recording of "Oh Happy day," but he sang it occasionally in concert and thought about using it in his 1968 TV special.



O Happy Day
performed by:
Trinity Choir

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O Happy Day
performed by:
Elvis Presley

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