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Gospel great, Edwin Hawkins, best known for his timeless hit, “Oh Happy Day,” has died.

Edwin passed away early Monday (Jan 15) at his home in Pleasanton, California after battling pancreatic cancer. He was 74.

Via Billboard:

The Edwin Hawkins Singers reached the top 10 on the pop charts with “Oh Happy Day,” a call and response hymn that began as a local favorite in the San Francisco Bay Area and became an international hit in 1969.

The following year the Hawkins singers backed Melanie on her top 10 hit “Lay Down (Candles in the Rain)” and won a Grammy for best soul gospel performance for “Oh Happy Day.”

 

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Rest in paradise, Edwin Hawkins.