My Happiness (1948 song)

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"My Happiness"
Song
Published 1948
Songwriter(s) Betty Peterson Blasco, Borney Bergantine

"My Happiness" is a pop music standard which was initially made famous in the mid-twentieth century. An unpublished version of the melody with different lyrics was written by Borney Bergantine in 1933.

The most famous version of the song, with lyrics by Betty Peterson Blasco, was published for the first time in 1948. The first known recording of this version was in December 1947 by the Marlin Sisters but the song first became a hit in May 1948 as recorded by Jon and Sondra Steele (Damon 11133) (number three) with rival versions by the Pied Pipers (Capitol 1628/15094)1 and Ella Fitzgerald (Decca 24446) entering the charts that June reaching respectively numbers four and eight with the Marlin Sisters version (Columbia 38217) finally charting with a number 24 peak that July. A version by John Laurenz (Mercury catalog number 5144, with the flip side "Someone Cares"[1]), entered the Billboard magazine charts on August 7, 1948 where it stayed for two weeks, peaking at number 26.[2]

Connie Francis rendition[edit]

"My Happiness"
Single by Connie Francis
B-side "Never Before"
Released 1958
Format 7-inch single
Genre Easy listening
Length 2:28
Label MGM (K 12738)
Songwriter(s) Betty Peterson Blasco, Borney Bergantine
Producer(s) Morton Craft, Jesse Kaye
Connie Francis US singles chronology
"Fallin'"
(1958)
"My Happiness"
(1958)
"If I Didn't Care"
(1959)

Connie Francis – whose favorite song at the age of eight had been the Jon and Sondra Steele version of "My Happiness" – remade the song in a November 6, 1958 session at the Radio Recorders studio in Hollywood, California, produced by Morton Craft and Jesse Kaye; David Rose conducted the orchestra. The song almost became Francis's first number one hit in the first months of 1959, but was kept at number two by another remake of a standard: the Platters' version of "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes".[citation needed]

Other versions[edit]

"My Happiness" is reportedly one of two songs—the other being "That’s When Your Heartaches Begin"—Elvis Presley recorded in his first recording session at the Memphis Recording Service (Sun Studios). In January 2015, Presley's version of "My Happiness" sold to musician Jack White at an auction for $300,000.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mercury Records in the 5000 to 5497 series
  2. ^ Earl W. Clark, ‎Allen J. SingerBeverly Hills Country Club 1439622345 - 2010 -"Jon and Sondra Steele were a married act who sang soft, sentimental ballads in sweet harmony. Their biggest, and perhaps only hit, was their cover of “My Happiness” in 1948. This tune had been recorded by a number of artists, but the ...
  3. ^ "Elvis Presley's first recording sells for $300,000". BBC News. Retrieved 10 January 2015.