It is taking longer than expected to fetch the next song to play. The music should be playing soon. If you get tired of waiting, you can try reloading your browser.


Please check our Help page for information about troubleshooting Pandora on your browser.
Your Pandora One subscription will expire shortly.
close
Your Pandora One trial subscription will expire shortly. Upgrade to continue unlimited, ad-free listening.
You've listened to hours of Pandora this month. Consider upgrading to Pandora One.
Close
Hi . Pandora is using Facebook to personalize your experience. Learn MoreNo Thanks
-0:00
0:00
Change Skin

We created Pandora to put the Music Genome Project directly in your hands

It’s a new kind of radio –
stations that play only music you like

 
Create an account for free. Register
Now Playing
Music Feed
My Profile
Create a Station
People who also like this

The Edwin Hawkins Singers

A trailblazing force behind the evolution of the contemporary gospel sound, Edwin Hawkins remains best known for his 1969 classic "Oh Happy Day," one of the biggest gospel hits of all time and a major pop radio smash as well. Born in Oakland, CA in 1943, he began singing in his church youth choir while still a toddler, and by age five was playing piano; just two years later, he assumed full-time piano accompaniment duties for the family gospel group, making their recorded debut in 1957. A decade later, Hawkins and Betty Watson co-founded the Northern California State Youth Choir, drawing on the finest soloists from throughout the Bay Area to build the 50-member ensemble, which soon entered the studio to cut the 1968 LP Let Us Go into the House of the Lord, its modern, R&B-influenced production pointing the way to a new era in gospel recording.

Among the highlights of Let Us Go into the House of the Lord was the track "Oh Happy Day," which unexpectedly found a home on underground FM play lists across San Francisco; the single soon began earning airplay on mainstream R&B and pop outlets across the country, and in the spring of 1969 it reached the U.S. Top Five on the on its way to selling an astounding seven million copies and taking home a Grammy award. At this time the choir was rechristened the Edwin Hawkins Singers, although the featured voice on "Oh Happy Day" belonged to singer Dorothy Combs Morrison, who soon exited in pursuit of a solo career. Her loss proved devastating to Hawkins' long-term commercial fortunes, although in 1970 the ensemble did make a return appearance on the pop charts in support of Melanie on her hit "Lay Down (Candle in the Wind)."

Still, Hawkins remained a critical favorite, and in 1972 the Singers won a second Grammy for Every Man Wants to Be Free. Recording prolifically throughout the remainder of the decade, in 1980 they won a third Grammy for Wonderful; a fourth, for If You Love Me, followed three years later. In 1982, Hawkins also founded the Edwin Hawkins Music and Arts Seminar, an annual week-long convention that offers workshops exploring all facets of the gospel industry and culminating each year with a live performance by the assembled mass choir. Although Hawkins recorded less and less frequently in the years to follow, he continued touring regularly, including a series of 1995 dates with the Swedish choir Svart Pa Vitt. His Music and Arts Seminar continued to grow as well, with the 2002 choir including members from the U.S., Europe, and Japan. Hawkins also recorded throughout the 2000s, releasing All the Angels in 2004 and Have Mercy four years later. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi
full bio

Comments

Love old school
Classics
Love it!
So right on time!!!
love it
It is what it is what can you say these're the Hawkins Singers no more than good God O Happy Day!
get yo praise on
love this song

We're sorry, but a browser plugin or firewall may be preventing Pandora from loading.

In order to use Pandora internet radio, please upgrade to a more current browser.

Please check our Help page for more information.

In order to use Pandora internet radio, please upgrade to a more current browser
or install a newer version of Flash (v.10 or later).

In order to use Pandora internet radio, please install Adobe Flash (v.10 or later).

[78, 96, 126, 95, 101, 101, 120, 69, 83, 121, 99, 94, 93, 81, 103, 123, 68, 112, 107, 76, 114, 112, 74, 113, 80, 77, 110, 76, 100, 81, 64, 103, 124, 69, 115, 89, 116, 102, 72, 116, 82, 109, 72, 95, 70, 80, 75, 118, 109, 100, 68, 87, 121, 91, 107, 107, 122, 126, 111, 125, 72, 116, 111, 83, 74, 118, 94, 110, 116, 105, 77, 107, 120, 118, 123, 104, 104, 70, 88, 74, 81, 92, 70, 72, 79, 123, 78, 105, 124, 96, 114, 111, 114, 84, 105, 90, 121, 77, 67, 84, 90, 75, 88, 100, 112, 98, 117, 73, 86, 80, 123, 66, 126, 90, 66, 118, 113, 120, 88, 77, 109, 120, 98, 126, 76, 100, 84, 76, 127, 87, 112, 66, 81, 103, 87, 115, 71, 98, 81, 127, 102, 124, 120, 97, 96, 101, 66, 111, 115, 67, 110, 124, 65, 80, 80, 104, 67, 81, 110, 69, 125, 71, 72, 65, 67, 118, 108, 98, 103, 112, 104, 104, 117, 99, 67, 89, 124, 72, 121, 70, 85, 121, 123, 79, 66, 70, 127, 66, 80, 72, 107, 124, 116, 76, 112, 121, 109, 70, 71, 125, 123, 79, 109, 116, 103, 95, 75, 115, 68, 119, 90, 125, 64, 110, 80, 69, 72, 69, 66, 73, 78, 108, 87, 90, 81, 79, 127, 124, 110, 103, 127, 113, 89, 74, 116, 98, 121, 72, 105, 96, 72, 122, 64, 103, 69, 73, 87, 86, 123, 78, 78, 127, 124, 88, 114, 124, 64, 77, 73, 79, 91, 110, 119, 95, 78, 73, 126, 70, 86, 71, 127, 117, 71, 120, 71, 110, 124, 123, 90, 74, 83, 109, 108, 106, 64, 89, 74, 66, 79, 97, 107, 114, 79, 119, 121, 64, 110, 107, 110, 75, 120, 119, 127, 78, 95, 77, 117, 87, 97, 77, 83, 118, 100, 116, 87, 93, 94, 111, 71, 127, 94, 100, 117, 104, 67, 125, 100, 118, 84, 118, 71, 70, 81, 88, 96, 97, 79, 119, 77, 100, 89, 70, 101, 113, 107, 106, 124, 101, 110, 68, 125, 65, 91, 64, 83, 119, 97, 96, 79, 124, 87, 68, 75, 74, 67, 74, 125, 116, 106, 90, 118, 112, 114, 107, 78, 116, 101, 67, 107, 127, 64, 114, 115, 119, 76, 91, 92, 112, 94, 88, 125, 124, 111, 79, 102, 67, 82, 107, 95, 69, 81, 89, 81, 111, 73, 85, 66, 125, 98, 68, 96, 112, 78, 123, 105, 104, 107, 113, 82, 106, 80, 75, 64, 125, 96, 118, 66, 85, 122, 109, 113, 84, 95, 121, 94, 108, 108, 97, 74, 75, 109, 115, 71, 100, 74, 76, 84, 85, 66, 70, 82, 70, 73, 70, 124, 64, 67, 98, 94, 73, 106, 82, 102, 97, 95, 103, 76, 94, 97, 120, 68, 103, 99, 116, 78, 121, 72, 117, 92, 94, 103, 72, 118, 104, 113, 115, 80, 116, 90, 96, 78, 114, 112, 102, 126, 74, 111, 71, 95, 68, 114, 109, 100, 70, 107, 117, 125, 73, 124, 116, 76, 87]