My Happiness (popular song)

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"My Happiness"
Written byBetty Peterson Blasco
Borney Bergantine
Published1948
LanguageEnglish
Recorded byJon and Sondra Steele
The Pied Pipers
Ella Fitzgerald
The Marlin Sisters
Connie Francis
many other artists; see #Recorded versions
 
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"My Happiness"
Written byBetty Peterson Blasco
Borney Bergantine
Published1948
LanguageEnglish
Recorded byJon and Sondra Steele
The Pied Pipers
Ella Fitzgerald
The Marlin Sisters
Connie Francis
many other artists; see #Recorded versions

"My Happiness" is a pop music standard which was initially made famous in the mid-twentieth century.

High profile versions[edit]

"My Happiness"
Single by Connie Francis
from the album Connie's Greatest Hits
B-side"Never Before"
Released1958
Format7" single
GenreEasy listening
Length2:28 (A-side)
2:49 (B-side)
LabelMGM Records K 12738
Writer(s)Betty Peterson Blasco
Borney Bergantine
Producer(s)Morton Craft and Jesse Kaye
Connie Francis
US singles chronology
"Fallin'" /
"Happy Days and Lonely Nights"
(1958)
"My Happiness" /
"Never before"
(1958)
"If I Didn't Care" /
"Toward the End of the Day"
(1959)
"My Happiness"
Single by Connie Francis
B-side"Happy Days and Lonely Nights"
Released1959
Format7" single
GenreEasy listening
Length2:28 (A-side)
2:49 (B-side)
LabelMGM Records 45-MGM-1001
Writer(s)Betty Peterson Blasco
Borney Bergantine
Producer(s)Morton Craft and Jesse Kaye
Connie Francis
UK singles singles chronology
"You Always Hurt the One You Love" /
"In the Valley of Love"
(1958)
"My Happiness" /
"Happy Days and Lonely Nights"
(1959)
"If I Didn't Care" /
"Toward the End of the Day"
(1959)
"My Happiness"
Single by Connie Francis
B-side"You Always Hurt the One You Love"
Released1959
Format7" single
GenreEasy listening
Length2:28 (A-side)
2:25 (B-side)
LabelMGM Records M 21 100
(distributed by Electrola)
Writer(s)Betty Peterson Blasco
Borney Bergantine
Producer(s)Morton Craft and Jesse Kaye
Connie Francis
German Singles chronology
-"My Happiness" /
"You Always Hurt the One You Love"
(1959)
(distributed by Electrola)
"Lipstick on Your Collar" /
"Frankie"
(1959)
(distributed by Electrola)
"My Happiness"
Single by Connie Francis
B-side"Never Before"
Released1960
Format7" single
GenreEasy listening
Length2:28 (A-side)
2:49 (B-side)
LabelMGM Records 61 001
(distributed by Polydor)
Writer(s)Betty Peterson Blasco
Borney Bergantine
Producer(s)Morton Craft and Jesse Kaye
Connie Francis
US singles chronology
"Lipstick on Your Collar"/
"Frankie"
(1959)
(distributed by Electrola)
"My Happiness"/
"Never before"
(1960)
(distributed by Polydor)
"Lipstick on Your Collar"/
"Frankie"
(1960)
(distributed by Polydor)

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) (#3) with rival versions by The Pied Pipers ( Capitol 1628/15094)1 and Ella Fitzgerald (Decca 24446) entering the charts that June reaching respectively #4 and #8 with the Marlin Sisters version (Columbia 38217) finally charting with a #24 peak that July. "My Happiness" was one of two songs — the other being "That’s When Your Heartaches Begin" — that Elvis Presley reportedly recorded at his first recording session at the Memphis Recording Service (Sun Studios) in the summer of 1953. 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 6 November 1958 session at the Radio Recorders studio in Hollywood, CA produced by Morton Craft and Jesse Kaye; David Rose conducted the orchestra. The song almost became Francis' first #1 hit in the first months of 1959 but was kept at #2 by another remake of a standard: the Platters' version of "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes".

Other versions[edit]

Other recordings include ones by Alan Dale and The Moonlighters (Signature catalog number 15206B, with the flip side "Tea Leaves"[1]), by The Harmonicats (Mercury catalog number 70360, with the flip side "Long, Long Ago"[2]), and by John Laurenz (Mercury catalog number 5144, with the flip side "Someone Cares"[3]), which entered the Billboard magazine charts on August 7, 1948 where it stayed for 2 weeks, peaking at #26. See also the next section for a more complete listing.

Recorded versions[edit]

References[edit]