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For the Fallout: New Vegas song, see Happy Times (instrumental).
 
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Happy Times is a song that plays on Galaxy News Radio. It is sung by Bob Crosby. In Fallout 4, it is used again on Diamond City Radio.

BackgroundEdit

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The song originally starred in the comedy musical The Inspector General. In fact, "Happy Times" was the working title of the film before production.

The song was recorded for the Standard Program Library transcription label between Bob Crosby's April 27th Decca Records (Coral) session and May 22nd Coral Records session in 1950.[1]

The New York session personnel included Yank Lawson (trumpet), Cutty Cutshall (trombone), Stan Webb (alto sax), Ernie Caceres (baritone sax), Joe Lipman (piano), Carl Kress (guitar), and Bunny Shawker (drums).[2]

Writing in the liner notes of the CD reissue, Will Friedwald demurs some of the conclusions drawn in the 1987 edition of the discography:

As a sidelight of Crosby's radio activities, he presided over two transcription sessions for the Standard Broadcast Corporation in 1950. Crosby had worked for Standard once before, when the last edition of the classic pre-war band cut about 60 titles in 1942. In Spring, 1950, Crosby was presumably in New York and recorded the tracks heard here with New Orleans-oriented Bob Crosby's Bobcats...The personnel was apparently not documented at the time, however, Charles Garrod and Bill Korst take a good stab at it in their Crosby discography Bob Crosby And His Orchestra, Joyce Publications, 1987. They list all New York players, supporting the assertion that these were east coast sessions. It's probably Yank Lawson on trumpet; his is one of the most distinctive attacks in all of jazz brass, with Cutty Cutshaw on trombone on the vocal date and a ringer in former bandleader Will Bradley on the second date.

Korst and Garrod also list Stan Webb on alto sax and Ernie Caceres on baritone on date one and Paul Ricci on alto on date two. There may well be altos and baritones on date one and Paul Ricci on alto on date two, but the tenor and clarinet take all the reed solos. The tenor, both by style and by association, sounds like former Crosbyite Eddie Miller, although that diminutive tenor giant was based in Hollywood during his post-Crosby career. They identify the drummer on the vocal date as New York studio man Bunny Shawker, but venture no guess as to who it might be on the instrumentals: if he isn't Ray Bauduc, he's certainly mastered Bauduc's New Orleans-style use of cowbells. Whoever they are, they get in a lot of good playing - and for Lawson alone, these sessions are worth hearing.[3]

LyricsEdit

Wish on the moon
And look for the gold in a rainbow
And you’ll find happy times

You’ll hear a tune
That lives in the heart of a bluebird
And you’ll find happy times

Though things may look very dark
Your dream is not in vain
For when do you find the rainbow?
Only after rain
So wish on the moon
And someday it may be tomorrow
You will suddenly hear chimes
And you’ll have your happy, happy times

So wish on the moon
And someday it may be tomorrow
You will suddenly hear chimes
And you’ll have your happy, happy times.

VideoEdit

Happy Times - Bob Crosby And The Bobcats

Happy Times - Bob Crosby And The Bobcats

ReferencesEdit

  1. Garrod, Charles. Bob Crosby and His Orchestra 1946-1985 (discography). 2nd ed., Vol. 2, Zephyrhills, Florida.: Joyce Record Club, 1996, p. 14.
  2. Garrod, Charles, and Bill Korst. Bob Crosby and His Orchestra (discography). 1st ed., Zephyrhills, Florida.: Joyce Record Club, 1987. p. 41
  3. Bob Crosby and the Bobcats: The Complete Standard Transcriptions liner notes
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