Wednesday, 17 January 2018
OH HAPPY DAY SINGER, EDWIN HAWKINS, DIES AT 74
Credited with being one of the founders of modern gospel music, Hawkins died Monday at his California home after battling pancreatic cancer, US media reported, quoting the artist’s publicist, Bill Carpenter.
“Oh Happy Day” is an 18th-century hymn which Hawkins arranged in a call and response style.
A single credited to the Edwin Hawkins Singers became a huge hit in 1969, and a year later the ensemble won a Grammy for best soul gospel performance for that song.
More than seven million copies of it were sold, Carpenter said, according to the New York Times.
Glenn Campbell and Elvis Presley also recorded renditions of the song.
Hawkins won four Grammies over the course of his career.
Source : ( AFP )