Happiness (Robert Palmer song)

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Robert Palmer Happiness 1991 Single.jpg
Single by Robert Palmer
from the album Don't Explain
B-side "All Shook Up"
Released 1991
Format 7", 12", CD
Genre Rock, Pop
Length 2:51
Label EMI Records
Writer(s) Robert Palmer
Producer(s) Teo Macero, Robert Palmer
Robert Palmer singles chronology
"Dreams to Remember"
"Every Kinda People (remix)"

"Happiness" is a song by English vocalist Robert Palmer. The song was released as the fifth and final single from the album Don't Explain in 1991.[1][2] The song was written solely by Palmer.[3]


Released as the final single from the 1990 Don't Explain album, the track was commercially unsuccessful, failing to chart in the UK. The single was a minor hit in Germany, where it peaked at #62.[4]

The song's lyrics speak the message of taking chances in life and taking a chance on happiness.


The single was released on 7" vinyl, 12" vinyl and CD in various European counties, including the UK. The single's b-side was a non-album track "All Shook Up", a cover of the 1957 hit song from American singer Elvis Presley, written by American songwriter Otis Blackwell and Presley.[5] The 7" vinyl uses the song's album version as the a-side.[5]

"Happiness" was produced by American jazz saxophonist, composer, and record producer Teo Macero, and co-produced by Palmer. The b-side "All Shook Up" was produced by Palmer.[3]

On the 12" vinyl, a "12" Remix" of "Happiness" was used as the main track, remixed by Carl McKintosh, with "All Shook Up" and "Happiness 7" Version" being the b-sides.[6] The UK CD version uses the same tracks as the 12" vinyl but in a different order.[7]

The song was later included on three of Palmer's compilations, the 2000 compilation "Premium Gold Collection", the 2000 compilation "Simply Irresistible", the 2008 compilation "Essential" and the 2011 compilation "Essential".[8]


No promotional video was created for the single and limited promotion was given overall, with no TV performances of the song being broadcast either.

Track listing[edit]

7" Single
  1. "Happiness" - 2:51
  2. "All Shook Up" - 2:46
12" Single
  1. "Happiness (12" Remix)" - 5:22
  2. "All Shook Up" - 2:46
  3. "Happiness (7" Version)" - 2:51
CD Single
  1. "Happiness (7" Version)" - 2:52
  2. "Happiness (12" Remix)" - 5:20
  3. "All Shook Up" - 2:47

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1991) Peak
German Singles Chart[4] 62


  • Lead vocals - Robert Palmer
  • Producer of "Happiness" - Teo Macero
  • Co-producer of "Happiness" - Robert Palmer
  • Mixer of "Happiness" - Eric "E.T." Thorngren
  • Remixer of "Happiness (Extended Remix)" - Carl McKintosh
  • Producer of "All Shook Up" - Robert Palmer
  • Executive producer - David Harper
  • Photography - Timothy Greenfield Saunders
  • Design - Bill Smith Studio
  • Writer of "Happiness" - Robert Palmer
  • Writers of "All Shook Up" - Otis Blackwell, Elvis Presley


  1. ^ "Robert Palmer Discography at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2012-05-08. 
  2. ^ "Robert Palmer - Don't Explain at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2012-05-08. 
  3. ^ a b "Robert Palmer - Happiness / All Shook Up - EMI - UK - EM 186". 45cat. Retrieved 2012-05-08. 
  4. ^ a b "charts.de". charts.de. Retrieved 2012-05-08. 
  5. ^ a b "Robert Palmer - Happiness (Vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2012-05-08. 
  6. ^ "Robert Palmer - Happiness (Vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2012-05-08. 
  7. ^ "Robert Palmer - Happiness (CD) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2012-05-08. 
  8. ^ "Happiness". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-05-08. 

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