“INTO ALL THE WORLD” (Edwin Hawkins, R.I.P.)

The story behind gospel choir leader Edwin Hawkins’ big hit “Oh, Happy Day” is one of the great American tall tales that just happens to be true and exemplifies the freewheeling spirit that defined record-making in the rock and roll era. I could never tell the tale as well as Mark Steyn does so I’ll just link to his piece.

And to the record, of course….

…which was one of the last examples of the New Testament trying to breathe life into the Pop Charts before a different sort of tide washed everything away.

Except the next world, of course, where Brother Edwin now resides.

Better then.