“Don’t Worry Be Happy” singer turns 69 today
Bobby McFerrin turns 69 today
Bobby McFerrin was born March 11, 1950, in New York, NY, but was raised largely in California, where his family moved in 1958. McFerrin’s father, Robert Sr., was a distinguished opera singer who gained fame as the first African American to sing a principal role with the New York Metropolitan Opera and later as the singing voice for Sidney Poitier in the 1959 film version of “Porgy and Bess”. McFerrin’s mother, Sara McFerrin, was an opera soprano who was deeply involved in music education and served as professor and later professor emerita of voice at Fullerton College in Fullerton, California. McFerrin is best known for his song, “Don’t Worry Be Happy” which reached No.1 in the U.S Hot 100 on September 24th, 1988 and by doing so, it became the first ever a-cappella song to make it to that competitive chart. The “instruments” in the song are entirely overdubbed voice parts and other sounds made by McFerrin, using no instruments at all. The original music video also became a successful companion for the single and song stars McFerrin, Robin Williams, and Bill Irwin. “Don’t Worry Be Happy” it’s by far McFerrin’s biggest hit, or only hit, but seldom he includes it on his live concerts. McFerrin remains regarded as a 1980’s “One Hit Wonder” despite his long and active career.
Look back at the famous 1988 music video for “Don’t Worry Be Happy” by Bobby McFerrin
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