April 17, 2014

♫ Remembering the 90s ♫: OH HAPPY DAY ("Sister Act 2") by the St. Francis Choir feat/Ryan Toby (Gospel)

Remember this one – OH HAPPY DAY (“Sister Act 2”) by the St. Francis Choir feat/Ryan Toby?

Oh Happy Day” is a 1967 gospel music arrangement of an 18th-century hymn. Recorded by the Edwin Hawkins Singers, it became an international hit in 1969, reaching No. 4 in the US and No. 2 in both the UK pop charts and Irish Singles Chart. It has since become a gospel music standard.

The song has appeared in many movies, beginning with the German film Seventeen and Anxious in 1970, but most notably Whoopi Goldberg's 1993 film Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit, with then-17-year-old Ryan Toby singing lead. The song also appears in Big Momma's House, Nutty Professor II: The Klumps, David LaChapelle's 2005 movie Rize, Robin William's 2007 movie License to Wed., and in 2010 biographical film produced by Walt Disney Pictures: Secretariat.

A version was performed and recorded by Spiritualized on their 1998 live album Royal Albert Hall October 10 1997.

The Year is 1993...

The world population was around 5,578,865,109.
  • The film Jurassic Park, a dinosaur epic with massive special effects, breaks box-office records by becoming the highest-grossing film ever made (at the time).
  • Family romance film Sleepless in Seattle revives the genre of The Courtship of Eddie's Father, with an extensive soundtrack of oldies music.
  • Production begins on the film Toy Story. (Jan. 19) 
  • Actor Brandon Lee is accidentally killed during the filming of The Crow. (Mar. 31)
  • Actress Lisa Bonet files for divorce from Lenny Kravitz. (Apr. 12)
  • The Bangles' Susanna Hoffs marries screenwriter Jay Roach in Los Angeles, California. (Apr. 17)
  • Actress Kim Basinger files for bankruptcy after a California judge orders her to pay $7.4 million for refusing to honor a verbal contract to star in the film Boxing Helena. As a result, Basinger loses the town that she purchased in 1989, Braselton, Georgia, to her partner in the deal, the pension fund of Chicago-based Ameritech.
  • Produced by Hollywood Pictures, Super Mario Bros. opens, marking the first video game film released, starring Bob Hoskins as Mario and John Leguizamo as Luigi. (May 28)
  • Actor River Phoenix accidentally dies of an overdose during the filming of "Dark Blood". The film was later completed and released in 2012. (Oct. 31)

The year 1993 in film involved many significant films, including the blockbuster hits Jurassic ParkThe Fugitive and The Firm.

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