Is "Sha La La (Make Me Happy)" flippant? Yes. That's a no-brainer, but it's also great. This 1974 single catches Al Green at peak of his pop and R&B chart reign. Lyrically speaking, Green wasn't reinventing the wheel. Nonsensical though phonetically pleasing words and phrases had been around for aeons. A few years earlier, the Delfonics had their breakthrough hit, "La-La-La Means I Love You." Reporters didn't swarm his concerts trying to find out what all of the words meant. "Sha-La-La" is the first part of making Green happy. Isn't that enough? At this stage, the Memphis sound was ultra-smooth. Producer Willie Mitchell and Green seemed to have a telepathy and the band was right in line with it. Drummer and producer Al Jackson Jr. didn't appear on this track or any of the Explorers Your Mind sessions, but his craft and ear were an essential part of the sound, especially the singles. Of course, like most songs there is a "unfortunate" tinge to the story. In fact, Green was working on this track the afternoon that he met with his upset girlfriend, Mary Woodson. For Green, this song seemed to sum him up, and walking down the aisle wasn't on his mind. Woodson didn't take kindly to Green's nonchalance. The rest of the story is well-known. Green ended up with boiling grits on him while he was in the tub. Woodson went off and committed suicide. What is odd is that such a blithe song was recorded around the time of a tragedy. Music is filled with such dichotomies. This song also became on of the best performances on Green's 1980 import Live in Tokyo.