In San Francisco, California, in 1969, the Edwin Hawkins Singers recorded the first-ever Top Five hit by a sacred group with its joyful "Oh Happy Day." Formed by arranger/pianist Hawkins in 1967, the Northern California Stage Youth Choir had grown to 46 members in two years when he renamed it the Edwin Hawkins Singers. Under Hawkins' direction the choir recorded gospel standard "Oh Happy Day," backed by bass, drums and piano. Today Hawkins still leads his choir, which performs concerts regularly around the country.
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