26 April

Pick a Day

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A Gospel Song Enters Hot 100 For The First Time

1969

"Oh Happy Day" by The Edwin Hawkins Singers enters the Hot 100 at #72, becoming the first pure gospel song to make that chart.

Hawkins recorded the song with a youth choir he assembled from churches around northern California. Recorded at Ephesian Church in Berkeley, it was part of an album called Let Us Go Into The House Of The Lord the choir sold to congregants to raise money for a trip. When a DJ at the San Francisco gospel station KSAN got a copy, he put "Oh Happy Day" in rotation, and word spread to other stations, including secular ones, that also started playing the song. Buddah Records signed Hawkins and gave the album a proper release, renaming the choir The Edwin Hawkins Singers because of resistance from the church. "Oh Happy Day," released as a single, makes a swift run up the chart, peaking at #4 on May 31. In the UK, it does even better, reaching #2 on June 24. Other gospel-infused tracks have become pop hits ("Stand By Me," "Can I Get A Witness"), but "Oh Happy Day" is a pure gospel song, recorded in a church by a choir and based on a traditional hymn called "Oh Happy Day, That Fixed My Choice." "I wasn't paid for the record, but that doesn't matter," the song's lead vocalist, Dorothy Morrison, says. "I was singing in the church, singing for the Lord."

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