Don’t Worry Be Happy Bobby McFerrin
Song Title: Don’t Worry Be Happy
Artist: Bobby McFerrin
Date of release: September 1988
Description: ” Don’t Worry Be Happy ” is by Bobby McFerrin ( Robert Keith “Bobby” McFerrin Jr. ), the American jazz vocalist and conductor. Bobby is ten times Grammy Award-winning artist.
In 1985, Bobby was awarded his first Grammy in the Best Jazz Vocal Performance, the Male category for ” Another Night in Tunisia ” with Jon Hendricks, who is considered by many to be one of the best scat ( an improvised style of singing often used in Jazz ) singers.
His last Grammy to date was in 1992 in which he won in the category Best Jazz Vocal Performance for ” Round Midnight “. The song was taken from an Album he recorded with Chick Corea, the American jazz and fusion pianist.
The track was written by Bobby, production for the single by Linda Goldstein. Linda discovered Bobby back in 1979 and helped guide the careers of Laurie Anderson, Cyndi Lauper and David Byrne.
Linda’s production helped Bobby to a Record of the Year Grammy which he received at the 1st Annual Grammy Awards, held in 1989 at the Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles. George Michael’s Faith Album was awarded the Grammy for Album Of The Year.
The Cappella style single was released in September 1988 by record label EMI-Manhattan Records ( Universal Music Group ) and taken from Bobby’s fourth Album, Simple Pleasures, which reached number twelve on the Billboard 200 Chart and was certified 3x Platinum.
” Don’t Worry Be Happy ” also features in the film Cocktail, the 1988 American romantic comedy-drama starring Tom Cruise, Bryan Brown and Elisabeth Shue.
The phrase and title of the song came from Meher Baba ( Merwan Sheriar Irani ), an Indian mystic and sage. His teachings feature in his books Discourses and God Speaks. The Avatar Meher Baba Perpetual Public Charitable Trust (AMBPPCT) was formed in 1959 by Meher Baba and is still active today.
In the 1960s Meher Baba’s most famous expression was printed onto cards and posters, it was a poster with the well-known phrase that Bobby noticed.
Interviewed by Bruce Fessier for USA Weekend magazine after the song’s release Bobby said of the title and central lyric ” Whenever you see a poster of Meher Baba, it usually says ‘Don’t worry be happy,’ which is a pretty neat philosophy in four words, I think “.
The accompanying music video was directed by Drew Takahashi who has directed or co-directed videos for Thomas Dolby and They Might Be Giants. The video also stars Robin Williams and Bill Irwin.
Robin was American comedian and actor who rose to fame as Mork in Mork & Mindy and later starred in a string of films including Dead Poets Society, Hook, Mrs Doubtfire and Good Morning, Vietnam. He committed suicide on the 11th of August 2014.
Bill Irwin is an American actor, clown and comedian. For his role in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf on Broadway, he won a Tony Award. Bill is also known as Mr Noodle on ” Elmo’s World “, the 18-minute segment shown at the end of Sesame Street, the favourite award-winning children’s tv show.
” Don’t Worry Be Happy ” was a commercial success for Bobby McFerrin. In the United States, the song was released in 1988 to coincide with the film cocktail and reached a peak of number eighty-eight on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart. After being re-released the same year, it reached Number One for two weeks and knocked ” Sweet Child o’ Mine ” by Guns N’ Roses off the top.
In the United Kingdom, the song entered the UK Singles Chart on the 24th of September 1988 and peaked at number two. It spent three weeks in the Top Ten and a total of eleven weeks on the UK chart.
BillBoard Hot 100 Highest Chart Position: 1
UK Highest Chart Position: 2
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Australia (ARIA) 1, Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40) 1, Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders) 2, Canadian RPM 30 Retail Singles 1, Canadian RPM Top Singles 1, France (SNEP) 29, Germany (Official German Charts) 1, Irish Singles Chart 3, Italy (FIMI) 18, Netherlands (Dutch Top 40) 2, Netherlands (Single Top 100) 3, New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) 2, Norway (VG-lista) 5, South African Chart 4, Sweden (Sverigetopplistan) 2, Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade) 2
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