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He Got Up-Edwin Hawkins





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Published on Apr 6, 2012

Edwin Hawkins was an innovating 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. Together with Betty Watson he was the co-founder of the Northern California State Youth Choir, which included almost 50 members. They recorded their first album "Let Us Go Into the House of the Lord" which included "Oh Happy Day" one of the eight songs on the album. When radio stations both gospel, and secular starting playing that song, it became very popular, and sales soared to over a million. The song also reached the number four spot on pop charts, and earned a him a grammy. He then went on to win three other grammy's after that. After their first recording the choir became know as the Edwin Hawkins Singers. His innovating style has become a staple in todays gospel music.

In 1982, Hawkins 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. His Music and Arts Seminar has grown (it rivals G.M.W.A.) and includes members from the U.S., Europe, and Japan.

From a 1983 album recorded at a convention in Atlanta Ga.,Edwin Hawkins Music & Arts Seminar Mass Choir, He Got Up, this was the opening song.

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