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Various Artists - Happy Times - The Songs Of Dan Penn & Spooner Oldham Vol 2 (Ace)


RELEASED: 30th October 2020

Format: CD
Cat No: CDCHD1583

The success of Sweet Inspiration and A Road Leading Home – not to mention constant customer requests for another volume – has more than warranted a further Ace dip into the songwriting catalogue of Dan Penn and Spooner Oldham. It’s taken a while to come together, but we feel the wait has been more than worthwhile. Happy Times brings you another two-dozen examples of their stellar collaborations and goes even deeper into their sheaf of copyrights than our previous volumes have done. Here we feature tracks from their time working together in Muscle Shoals and Memphis, with a broad spread of repertoire than embraces deep soul, sweet soul, southern pop, country and even an instrumental. Star names here include Dan’s pet project the Box Tops, Sandy Posey, Wilson Pickett, Ronnie Milsap, B J Thomas and many others whose careers intersected in the 60s with those of Dan and Spooner – to everyone’s advantage. Almost none of the versions of the songs featured here have been on any previous Ace CD. Many have never been on CD at all.

With a booklet chock full of information and illustrations, and the usual Ace attention to detail in the annotation, Happy Times is yet another salute to the words and music of these two magnificent songwriters.


01. I Do - June Conquest
02 Preview Cheaters Never Win - Tony Borders
03 Preview Happy Times - The Box Tops
04 Preview Up Tight Good Woman - Wilson Pickett
05 Preview Hey Mister - Sandy Posey
06 Preview Strangest Feeling - Bill Brandon
07 Preview Destroyed - The Yo Yo's
08 Preview You Really Know How To Hurt A Guy - Arthur Conley
09 Preview Big Louie - Guy Darrell
10 Preview The Power Of Love - Don Varner
11 Preview I Need A Lot Of Loving - The Ovations
12 Preview In The Same Old Way - Bobby Bare
13 Preview Handy - Merrilee Rush
14 Preview Broadway Walk - Bobby Womack
15 Preview My Man (My Sweet Man) - June Edwards
16 Preview Hello There - James & Bobby Purify
17 Preview Help Me Find My Groove - Dee Dee Sharp
18 Preview I Love Everything About You - Percy Sledge
19 Preview Goodies - The Goodees
20 Preview Everybody's Got To Cry Sometime - Art Freeman
21 Preview I''ll Take Care Of You - Jeanie Greene
22 Preview I Pray For Rain - B.J. Thomas
23 Preview Blue Skies Of Montana - Ronnie Milsap
24 Preview I'll Be Your Baby - Spooner's Crowd