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'Oh, Happy Day' Composer Edwin Hawkins Dies, and His Impact Was Legendary

  Gospel music legend Edwin Hawkins, best known for the 1967 hit "Oh Happy Day" has died at the age of 74.

  "Oh Happy Day" was a gospel music arrangement of an 18th-century hymn. 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 both the UK Singles Chart and Irish Singles Chart. It has since become a gospel music standard.

  The composer, keyboardist, and choir arranger was found dead in his home in Pleasanton, California on January 15.

  He had been suffering from pancreatic cancer, his publicist told the Associated Press.

  Hawkins was a major force in contemporary inspirational music.

  He was considered the founder of modern Gospel music along with other music legends like Andrae Crouch and James Cleveland.


  "Oh, Happy Day" was a top 10 hit on the pop charts skyrocketing the Edwin Hawkins Singers to international fame winning Hawkins a Grammy Award for Best Soul Gospel Performance in 1970 (performed by the Edwin Hawkins Singers).

  The song became a million-seller in 1969 and became a crossover hit with singers like Elvis Presley, Johnny Mathis, and Glen Campbell singing their own versions of the tune.

  "Oh, Happy Day" has appeared in many movies, beginning with the German film Seventeen and Anxious in 1970, but most notably Whoopi Goldberg's Sister Act 2, with then-17-year-old Ryan Toby singing lead. The song also appears in Big Momma's House, Nutty Professor II: The Klumps, David LaChapelle's 2005 movie Rize, Robin Williams's 2007 movie License to Wed.,and in 2010 biographical film produced by Walt Disney Pictures: Secretariat.

  "I think our music was probably a blend and a crossover of everything that I was hearing during that time," Hawkins told blackmusic.com in 2015. "We grew up hearing all kinds of music in our home. My mother, who was a devout Christian, loved the Lord and displayed that in her lifestyle."

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 "My father was not a committed Christian at that time but was what you'd call a good man," he said. "And, of course, we heard from him some R&B music but also a lot of Country and Western when we were younger kids."

  Many were unaware at the time that the Edwin Hawkins Singers were back on the charts with another top 10 hit the following year. They were the backing vocals for folk singer Melanie's on "Lay Down (Candles in the Rain)".
  That song climbed to number six on Billboard's Hot 100 and number three on the Cash Box Top 100. The record was ranked #23 on the Billboard Year-End Hot 100 singles of 1970.

  Hawkins went on to make dozens of records and won four Grammys in his lifetime.

  In 2007, he was voted into the Christian Music Hall of Fame.

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