Oh Happy Day


Songwriter: Edwin Hawkins (arranger)
Performer: various
Category: Christian

The current version of this song comes from the late '60s and resembles the earlier 18th century hymn only in that Edwin Hawkins retained the words of the refrain (chorus). The time signature and melody were re-written, and the original verses omitted. The result is the funky gospel arrangement that more people are familiar with today. It also won the 1970 Grammy for Best Soul Gospel Performance.

In this format, it has appeared in various movies, probably the most popular being Whoopi Goldberg's Sister Act 2 (incidentally my all-time favorite music-based movie), featuring Ryan Toby doing the solo. It also appeared in Big Momma's House, Nutty Professor II: The Klumps, Robin Williams' License to Wed, and Secretariat.

Numerous artist have covered it, such as Glen Campbell, Elvis Presley, Joan Baez, Aretha Franklin & Mavis Staples, Bebe Winans, Aaron Neville, and Queen Latifah.


Sheet music (piano/vocal, can be piano solo)

Oh happy day
Oh happy day
Oh happy day
When Jesus washed
Oh when He washed
When Jesus washed
He washed my sins away
Oh happy day

He taught me how
To wash
Fight and pray
Fight and pray
And He taught me how to live rejoicing
yes, He did
Oh yeah, every, every day
Every day!


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