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Happy Hits

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Sony Music Special Products' Happy Hits contains a selection of ten traditional-pop and vocal-pop tunes that are nothing more than a good time -- they're silly, goofy, occasionally embarrassing, but they're always good-natured and usually fun. And they're all the moreso given the cast of stars on Happy Hits -- Ray Conniff ("Happiness Is"), Doris Day ("Ooh Bang Jiggilly Jang"), Don Cherry ("Namely You"), Rosemary Clooney ("Dennis the Menace"), Jo Stafford & Frankie Laine ("Settin' the Woods on Fire," perhaps the only straight song here), Percy Faith ("Abbondanza" and Mindy Caros & Guy Mitchell ("Tell Us Where the Good Times Are"). Almost all of this material bears the stamp of Mitch Miller, who inexplicably had a true passion for these novelties (perhaps believing they were commercial), and that may irritate some listeners, particularly purists or sober-minded vocal-pop fans. Still, anyone looking for a collection of silly vocal-pop tunes at an affordable price should turn here first.

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