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Oh Happy Day



Oh Happy Day was written by Philip Doddridge in the 1700s and revised by E. F. Rimbault about a hundred years later. The song was popularized in 1968 by the Edwin Hawkins Singers, who featured Dorothy Morrison singing lead. Their recording (Pavilion 20001) reached #4 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart and #2 on the rhythm and blues chart. Sales of over three million copies have been claimed. The Edwin Hawkins Singers' version of Oh Happy Day was awarded a Grammy for Best Soul Gospel song of 1969. Glen Campbell made another popular recording of Oh Happy Day (Capitol 2787) in 1970.


Elvis never recorded Oh Happy Day, but he did sing it in concert on occasion and rehearsed it for his 1968 TV special.



1. Oh, happy day (oh, happy day)

Oh, happy day (oh, happy day)
When Jesus washed (oh, when He washed)

Oh when He washed (oh, when He washed)

He washed my sins away

Oh, happy day

He taught me how (oh, He taught me how)

To wash (to wash)

Fight and pray (to fight and pray)

And we rejoice every day (every day)

1. (Repeat)


Where it was released:

Released for the fist time on Peace in the Valley



- Peace in the Valley (2000)

- That’s the Way It Is – Special Edition (2000)

- Lead Me Guide Me (2001) - Provident

- Let Yourself Go (2006) - FTD » 

That's The Way It Is - 50th Anniversary Collector's Edition (2020) - FTD


Bootleg Releases:

- The Monologue LP (1973) - Bullet Records

- From Hollywood to Vegas (1974) - Brookville Records

- Command Performance (1977) - ECP

- Elvis Rocks and the Girls Roll (1986) - Pink and Black

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