The Happenings

Greatest Hits

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The Happenings scored a series of hits, starting in the summer of 1966 with their Top Ten revival of the Tempos' 1959 Top 40 hit "See You in September." The Happenings recorded for fellow vocal group the Tokens' label, B.T. Puppy Records. In the summer of 1968, after they had placed eight singles in the Hot 100, B.T. Puppy issued the 12-track LP Golden Hits!, which collected those eight hits -- "See You in September" and the group's other Top Ten, "I Got Rhythm"; the Top 20 hits "Go Away Little Girl" and "My Mammy"; and the chart entries "Goodnight My Love," "Why Do Fools Fall in Love," "Music Music Music," and "Breaking Up Is Hard to Do" -- as well as three non-charting singles, "Girl on a Swing," "Randy," and "Sealed With a Kiss," and a previously unreleased revival of "Tea for Two." In 1969, B.T. Puppy switched distributors from Jubilee Records to Warner Bros. Records, and in the shuffle the Happenings ended up on Jubilee. After issuing their Piece of Mind LP, Jubilee decided to compile its own Happenings hits collection and released this album, the contents of which are identical to Golden Hits! with the exception of one track: "You're in a Bad Way," a song that appeared on the Happenings' self-titled debut LP in 1966 and on the B-side of "I Got Rhythm," has been substituted for "Tea for Two." Clearly, the existence of this album is due to some sort of contractual technicality, and there isn't much reason for anyone who already owns Golden Hits! to re-purchase essentially the same record except, possibly, for the album cover photographs, which show the group getting into the long hair, mustaches, and casual clothing of the late '60s.

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