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The Edwin Hawkins Singers

As directors of music at their Berkeley church, the Ephesian Church of God in Christ, Edwin Hawkins (b. August 1943, Oakland, California, USA) and Betty Watson began in 1967 to absorb the leading soloists from other San Francisco-based choirs to inaugurate the North California State Youth Choir. In 1969, the 50-strong ensemble recorded an album to boost their funds, and when San Francisco disc jockey Tom Donahue began playing one of its tracks, ‘Oh Happy Day’, the assemblage found itself with both a record contract with the Buddah Records label and a surprise international hit. Although renamed the Edwin Hawkins Singers, the featured voice belonged to Dorothy Combs Morrison (b. Longview, Texas, USA) and much of the single’s attraction comes from her powerful delivery. The singer subsequently embarked on a solo career which failed to maintain its initial promise while Hawkins, deprived of such an important member, struggled in the wake of this ‘novelty’ hit, although they enjoyed a period of great demand for session singing. One such session put them back into the US charts in 1970 while guesting on Melanie’s Top 10 hit ‘Lay Down (Candles In The Rain)’. It was their last chart appearance to date and eventually the group’s fortunes faded. The Singers, now somewhat reduced in numbers, continue to tour and occasionally record.
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Track List: Oh Happy Day: The Best Of The Edwin Hawkins Singers

1. Let Us Go Into The House Of The Lord

2. Pray For Peace

3. Oh Happy Day

4. Joy, Joy

5. Give Me A Star

6. I Shall Be Free

7. To My Father's House

8. Someday

9. Jesus, Lover Of My Soul

10. Ooh Child

11. Precious Memories

12. Late In The Evening

13. A Long Way To Go

14. Blowin' In The Wind

15. I'm Going Through

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Oh God how I miss Walter Hawkins. Wish to God the Hawkins family could still have concerts, especially in the Los Angeles area. Even if they could give a concert for old times sake, I would gladly travel to the Bay area
Oh my God!!! Love the Hawkins Family!!!!
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The nuns had us ding this song at our eighth grade graduation ceremony in 1969. The girls would sing one part while the boys sang another part. It brings back great memories
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Everyday is a Happy day. It is for me, regardless of what goes on for I'm his: A Child of God above!
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I love Jesus so much
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Old school gospel. None better in my heart.
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God will always make a way, Oh Happy Day!!!
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This music never gets old.
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Yes the lord is good to all his children
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God is Good all ,when I wanting to give God didnt let me give up Thank u God for being there for me and my family
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Good God! !!!!!!!
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God is good ALL the time
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Oh such a happy day!!
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Love old school
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Classics
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Love it!
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So right on time!!!
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love it
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It is what it is what can you say these're the Hawkins Singers no more than good God O Happy Day!
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get yo praise on
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love this song

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