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Oh Happy Day

Music by Edwin Hawkins

Originally Performed by Edwin Hawkins Singers

"Oh Happy Day" is a 1967 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 recording is notable for the muted piano, drum and bass backing and the dominant use of the left-hand stereo channel which features the performance of lead singer, Dorothy Combs Morrison. Notable also for clean sound given powerful ensemble captured by modest equipment, the recording was made at Hawkins' church, the Ephesian Church of God in Christ in Berkeley, California



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Alexander L'Estrange : The Gospel Train : SAB : Songbook : 9780571521913 : 12-0571521916

Alexander L'Estrange : The Gospel Train

Gospel music is a vibrant fusion of African folk music and European hymns. Rooted in the spiritual (the creation of African-Americans in the 19th century), the joy of gospel music has had a profound influence on 20th century 'pop' music. The Gospel Train is a medley of three best-loved gospel songs that would be perfect as a concert opener or encore. The laid-back swing of 'Go Down, Moses' is contrasted by 'Oh Happy Day!' (used in the Whoopi Goldberg film Sister Act) and concludes with the unstoppable finale 'Ain't No Mountain High Enough'. The spiritual 'Standing in the Need of Prayer' is a simple meditative melody with a pleasing, repetitive chord sequence.

Songlist: Ain't No Mountain High Enough, Go Down, Moses, Oh Happy Day, Standing In The Need Of Prayer

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Voicing: SAB | 40730b | Songbook | $5.50


Alexander L'Estrange : The Gospel Train : SA : Songbook : 9780571523665 : 12-0571523668

Alexander L'Estrange : The Gospel Train

Gospel music is a vibrant fusion of African folk music and European hymns. Rooted in the spiritual (the creation of African-Americans in the 19th century), the joy of gospel music has had a profound influence on 20th century 'pop' music. The Gospel Train is a medley of three best-loved gospel songs that would be perfect as a concert opener or encore. The laid-back swing of 'Go Down, Moses' is contrasted by 'Oh Happy Day!' (used in the Whoopi Goldberg film Sister Act) and concludes with the unstoppable finale 'Ain't No Mountain High Enough'. The spiritual 'Standing in the Need of Prayer' is a simple meditative melody with a pleasing, repetitive chord sequence. If you are looking for straightforward and rewarding repertoire for your beginner choir, then you need look no further than Choral Basics the perfect series for singers of all ages. The simple 3-part choral arrangements for soprano, alto and a combined part for men's voices make the series perfect for choirs with a dearth of males or whose male singers have unstable or changing voices. The rich array of repertoire is bound to be a hit with younger singers and the technical abilities of choirs at this level have been taken into consideration. Straightforward and idiomatic piano accompaniments have been included and are designed to support the vocal lines, without putting pressure on staff with less developed keyboard skills.

Songlist: Ain't No Mountain High Enough, Go Down, Moses, Oh Happy Day, Standing In The Need Of Prayer

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Voicing: SA | 40738b | Songbook | $5.50


Perpetuum Jazzile : Vocal Ecstasy : SATB : Songbook : 884088964504 : 1540000435 : 00124192

Perpetuum Jazzile : Vocal Ecstasynew

From the large Slovenian pop choir Perpetuum Jazzile, best known for their cover of Toto's Africa (with over 19 million YouTube views), this collection of top hits will allow pop, show and concert choirs everywhere to recreate this amazing sound! Several songs have vocal percussion.

Songlist: Joyful, Joyful, Oh Happy Day, Africa, September, Boogie Wonderland, Just The Way You Are, Rosanna, True Colors, In The Stone

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Voicing: SATB | 4470b | Songbook | $8.95 | A Cappella


Various : Sister Act 2 : Solo : 01 Songbook : 073999124972 : 0793531608 : 00312497

Various : Sister Act 2

33 songs from the hit movie with Whoopi Goldberg. Includes: Ain't No Mountain High Enough - Dancing in the Street - His Eye Is on the Sparrow - Ode to Joy - What Have You Done for Me Lately - and more.

Songlist: A Deeper Love, Joyful, Joyful, Pay Attention, What Have You Done For Me Lately, Get Up Offa That Thing, Love Child, Devil With The Blue Dress, Shot Gun, Nowhere To Run, Can't Turn You Loose, Never Should've Let You Go, Oh Happy Day, Wandering Eyes, O.P.P., Ain't No Mountain High Enough, Ode To Joy, Bad Girls, Ball Of Confusion (That's What The World Is Today), We Are Family, Dancing In The Street, His Eye Is On The Sparrow, The Hustle, I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch), I Will Follow Him (I Will Follow You), Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikini, Le Freak, Mr. Big Stuff, My Guy, Please Mr. Postman, Proud Mary, and more

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Voicing: Solo | 20212b | Songbook | $15.95 | PVG


Individual Folios

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Oh Happy Day : SATB : Roger Emerson : Edward R. Hawkins : Songbook : 00121025 : 884088919894

Roger Emerson : Oh Happy Day

Featured in the movie Sister Act II, this is a gospel powerhouse! The 1969 pop hit by Edwin Hawkins is hard to top. Great for school, community and church performances!

Arranger: Roger Emerson | Composer: Edward R. Hawkins

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $2.25 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00121025


Oh Happy Day : 3-Part : Roger Emerson : Edward R. Hawkins : Sister Act : Sheet Music : 00121026 : 884088919900

Roger Emerson : Oh Happy Day

Featured in the movie Sister Act II, this is a gospel powerhouse! The 1969 pop hit by Edwin Hawkins is hard to top. Great for school, community and church performances!

Arranger: Roger Emerson | Composer: Edward R. Hawkins | Musical: Sister Act

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Voicing: 3-Part | Sheet Music | $2.25 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00121026


Oh Happy Day : SSA : Roger Emerson : Edwin R. Hawkins : Sister Act : Sheet Music : 00121027 : 884088919917

Roger Emerson : Oh Happy Day

Featured in the movie Sister Act II, this is a gospel powerhouse! The 1969 pop hit by Edwin Hawkins is hard to top. Great for school, community and church performances!

Arranger: Roger Emerson | Composer: Edwin R. Hawkins | Musical: Sister Act

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Voicing: SSA | $2.25 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00121027

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