GRANTLEY DEE & LITTLE PATTIE
Love Is A Happy Thing
(Tony Michaels - Vinny Gorman)
Australia 1968
#20 Melbourne


Single on Columbia, August 1968. Melbourne meets Sydney: Grantley Dee, 3AK disc jockey and pop star, with Little Pattie, teen surf craze icon: see, for example, He's My Blonde-Headed Stompie-Wompie Real Gone Surfer Boy.

THE MIKE SAMMES SINGERS
Love Is A Happy Thing
(Tony Michaels - Vinny Gorman)
UK 1968

Title track of Love Is A Happy Thing, album on Decca by much-used British session singers led by arranger Mike Sammes (1928-2001).

Version alert from Patrick Rands.
THE FOUR FRESHMEN
Love Is A Happy Thing
(Tony Michaels - Vinny Gorman)
USA 1968

On the Liberty album Today Kind Of Thing, January 1968, by popular 50s vocal group formed in 1948 and continuing to this day with freshened lineups. See the extensive Four Freshmen discography at The Four Freshmen Society website.

Here, they were clearly going for a contemporary sound, but the result isn't entirely convincing.

SUNSHINE COMPANY
Love Is A Happy Thing
(Tony Michaels - Vinny Gorman)
USA 1967
Original version

On the Sunshine Company's 1967 album on Imperial, Happy Is The Sunshine Company.

The writers Tony Michaels & Vinny Gorman had songs recorded, for example, by The Shangri-las and Billy Joel's early band The Hassles. They also wrote The Sunshine Company's Happy, a minor hit from Happy Is The Sunshine Company.

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