David Hemmings Happens

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David Hemmings Happens
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Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 1967
GenreFolk-rock, Pop-rock
ProducerJim Dickson
David Hemmings chronology
''David Hemmings Happens''
Journey to the Centre of the Earth
Singles from David Hemmings Happens
  1. ""Back Street Mirror""
    Released: 1967

David Hemmings Happens is the debut studio folk-pop album by former British boy soprano and actor David Hemmings released in 1967 on MGM Records, and included 9 songs. Hemmings once sang in his early youth with the English Opera Group before becoming an actor.[1] The album was available in both mono and stereo, catalogue numbers MGM E/SE 4490. David Hemmings Happens was produced by Jim Dickson, arranged by Jimmy Bond and was recorded in Los Angeles, California. Guitarist Roger McGuinn, bassist Chris Hillman both of The Byrds and jazz drummer Ed Thigpen from the Oscar Peterson Trio are the session musicians for the album.[2] The album has several covers: Tim Hardin's "Reason To Believe" and Bill Martin's "After The Rain". The songs "Good King James", "Talkin' LA", and "War's Mystery" were all co-written by David Hemmings.


The album failed to chart on the Billboard 200. The only single released from the album was written by Gene Clark, "Back Street Mirror", it did not chart on the Billboard Hot 100.

Track listing[edit]

Side 1[edit]

  1. "Back Street Mirror" (Gene Clark) - 3:23
  2. "Reason To Believe" (Tim Hardin) - 2:06
  3. "Good King James" (David Hemmings, Bill Martin, Jim McGuinn) - 3:55
  4. "Bell Birds" (traditional, new words and arrangement David Hemmings) - 2:30
  5. "Talkin' LA" (David Hemmings, Jim McGuinn, Chris Hillman) - 7:19

Side 2[edit]

  1. "Anathea" - 3:09 (traditional, new words and arrangement David Hemmings, Jim McGuinn, Jimmy Bond)
  2. "After The Rain" (Bill Martin) - 2:39
  3. "War's Mystery" (David Hemmings, Jim McGuinn, Chris Hillman) - 6:27
  4. "The Soldier Wind" (Bill Martin) - 2:18


David Hemmings Happens was released on Compact Disc in its entirety for the first time on Rev-Ola Records (CD Rev 74) in August 2004.


  1. ^ Unterberger, Richie (2004-05-13). "David Hemmings". AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-10-13.
  2. ^ Deming, Mark. "Happens - David Hemmings". AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-10-13.