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Bobby McFerrin

Vocal virtuoso Bobby McFerrin ranks among the most distinctive and original singers in contemporary music -- equally adept in jazz, pop, and classical settings, his octave-jumping trademark style, with its rhythmic inhalations and stop-on-a-dime shifts from falsetto to deep bass notes often sounds like the work of at least two or three singers at once, while at the same time sounding quite unlike anyone else. The son of husband-and-wife classical singers, McFerrin was born in New York City on March 11, 1950, later studying piano at California State College at Sacramento and Cerritos College. After touring behind the Ice Follies, he performed with a series of cover bands, cabaret acts, and dance troupes before making his vocal debut in 1977. While living in New Orleans, he sang with the group Astral Projection before relocating to San Francisco. There he met legendary comedian Bill Cosby, who arranged for McFerrin to appear at the 1980 Playboy Jazz Festival.

A performance at the 1981 Kool Jazz Festival led to a contract with Elektra, and the following year, McFerrin issued his self-titled debut LP. With 1984's The Voice, he made jazz history, recording the first-ever solo vocal album (sans accompaniment or overdubbing) to be released on a major label. His Blue Note debut, Spontaneous Inventions, followed in 1985 and featured contributions from Herbie Hancock, the Manhattan Transfer (on the Grammy-winning "Another Night in Tunisia"), and comic Robin Williams; McFerrin also earned mainstream exposure through his unique performance of the theme song to the television hit The Cosby Show, as well as a number of commercial spots. With 1988's Simple Pleasures, he scored a chart-topping pop smash with "Don't Worry, Be Happy"; around that time, he also formed the ten-member a cappella group Voicestra, featured on 1990's Medicine Music.

With 1992's Hush, McFerrin shifted gears to team with acclaimed cellist Yo-Yo Ma; the record remained on the Billboard Classical Crossover charts for over two years. The jazz release Play, a collaboration with pianist Chick Corea, appeared in 1992 as well. McFerrin returned to classical territory in 1995 with Paper Music, a collection of interpretations of works by Mozart, Bach, and Tchaikovsky recorded with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, (which he joined as Creative Chair a year prior). For 1996's Bang! Zoom he teamed with members of the Yellowjackets; a second collaboration with Corea, The Mozart Sessions, appeared later that same year. With 1997's Circlesongs, McFerrin returned to his roots, recording an entire album of improvised vocal performances. He then recorded a collaborative album of classical and jazz standards for Sony Music Special Products in 2001. It teamed him with such esteemed musicians as Herbie Hancock, Yo-Yo Ma, and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. A year later, Blue Note released his Beyond Words album, McFerrin's first work for the label in nearly a decade. It featured a band comprised of Chick Corea, Richard Bona, Omar Hakim, Cyro Baptista, and Gil Goldstein. Supported by a choir, McFerrin released VOCAbuLarieS in 2010. spirityouall, released in the spring of 2013, was a tribute to McFerrin's father, Robert McFerrin, whose 1957 album Deep River brought black spirituals into the world of high art. ~ Jason Ankeny
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Spirityouall

1. Everytime

2. Swing Low

3. Joshua

4. Fix Me Jesus

5. Woe

6. I Shall Be Released

7. Whole World

8. Gracious

9. 25:15

10. Wade

11. Glory

12. Jesus Makes It Good

13. Rest / Yes Indeed

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Track List: Vocabularies

1. Baby (2010)

2. Say Ladeo

3. Wailers

4. Messages

5. The Garden

6. He Ran To The Train

7. Brief Eternity

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Track List: Beyond Words

1. Invocation

2. Kalimba Suite

3. A Silken Road

4. Fertile Field

5. Dervishes

6. Ziggurat

7. Sisters

8. Circlings

9. Chanson

10. Windows

11. Marlowe

12. Mass

13. Pat & Joe

14. Taylor Made

15. A Piece, A Chord

16. Monks / The Shepherd

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Track List: The Best Of Bobby McFerrin The Bluenote Years

1. Don't Worry, Be Happy

2. Friends

3. Thinkin' About Your Body

4. Spain (Live)

5. Freedom Is A Voice

6. Drive My Car

7. Another Night in Tunsia

8. Blue Bossa

9. Turtle Shoes

10. Good Lovin'

11. From Me To You

12. Bang!Zoom

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Track List: Medicine Music

1. Medicine Man

2. Baby

3. Yes, You

4. The Garden

5. Common Threads

6. Sweet In The Mornin'

7. Discipline

8. He Ran All The Way

9. Angry (Gima)

10. The Train

11. Soma So De La De Sase

12. The 23rd Psalm (Dedicated To My Mother)

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Track List: Simple Pleasures

1. Don't Worry, Be Happy

2. All I Want

3. Drive My Car

4. Simple Pleasures

5. Good Lovin'

6. Come To Me

7. Suzie Q

8. Drive

9. Them Changes

10. Sunshine Of Your Love

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Track List: Say Ladeo (Single)

1. Say Ladeo

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jim-kelley2
Give me some ganja then I won't worry. I will be happy; I won't care about anything. My boyfriend used to say this to me. I'm a male and he was a recent immigrant and didn't know good music only nice sentiment. Sweet.
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He was annoying 30 years ago and hasn't gotten any better with the passage of time. Get offa my Classic Rock Station
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What's wrong +The Dude5876
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I can't be happy help me
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❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
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Don't read this. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. Now that you've started reading this don't stop this is so freaky. But if you read this and ignore it you will have very bad luck. Put this on 15 songs in 144 mins. When your done press space bar and your crushes name will appear in big letters on the screen this is so freaky it actually works.
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Major talent! So smooth.
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bigblue91
Nice!!
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:))
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Like the man said don't worry be Happy
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I love bob Marley
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Say a Diana five times then don't talk post this on two other songs then Check your voice
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I always thought Bob Marley made this Oh well
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HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY
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DON'T WORRY BE HAPPY
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This is Not bob marley it's bob McFerrin! Count to 5 and then be Happy
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So Bob Marley didn't write "don't worry be happy "
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Love McFerrin!
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iPhone times 5 red
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Greatest song of all time
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unicorn_br
Lost 1 million dollars don't worry just be happy just call someone
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Everyone should follow these lyrics. Slow down, take easy, and be happy!
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guanaca327
Don't worry, be happy!!!!
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Got no cash got no style but have beautiful jamaican lady to make me smile....
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We no worry going home 4 crismas... God bless
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Whaaaaaaaaat !
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crown84
OK...FIRST OF ALL..LOVE this song!....SEC O N D OF ALL.... know I'm scared I will die in a mater of two days because I read it. :(
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clubmad
Nice song hehehehe!!!!
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filmfreakste r
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He's like IZ and makes me happy:)
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This is my favorite song
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This is bob Marley right?
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Don't worry......
Classic!!
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arnetiah87
don't worry be happy :-)
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bee87martin
This is my favorite song
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Samantha likes this song!
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nwdlegoman
If you look down at this...








You're AMAZING!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! !
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love ur music have a voice that i can relax n listen to go to sleep i just love it God Bless
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Word to all... Wise and wisdom... What matters... Peace brothers n sisters... Ease it down and love all... Words of soothing... Puts things in perspective. . . word.

The Falkon.
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anggiegubby
Be happy Now!:)
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Brings back so many memories;)
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The best. Even his songs show humbling.
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This guy is awesome.
Who else thinks so?
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He looks like my grandfather
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BOBBY MCFERIN E UN TALENTO !!!!!!!!!
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Did he past away
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THIS GUY IS AWESOME. PURE AWESOMENESS I TELL YOU��
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Love the tune����☺️��
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Like it
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kconaway179
Idont know who thw heck this guy is
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