The record I bring you today was a kind of a mystery to me for a while (still is, kind of).
I picked it up a while ago because it had a cover of my favorite Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young song – ‘Everybody I Love You’ – on it but ws unable to track down much information on the band.
That their name – Happy Day – was a fairly common phrase made them largely un-Google-able, and the fact that their three 45s contained more covers than they did group originals made for a very faint trail indeed.
I was finally able (after a couple of false leads) to figure out that the band was based in the Chicago area.
They recorded three 45s for the UNI label (some of which may have been released locally first) in 1970 and 1971.
Their version of ‘Everybody I Love You’ is a pretty faithful cover of the original, with some nice lead guitar and harmonies.
The flipside, ‘Retribution’ is Chicago (the band and the region) style horn-rock.
Strangely enough, they appear to have recorded their 45s in Texas. I don’t know if UNI was dragging bands down there at the time, but they are listed in a Billboard directory as having recorded at Studio III in Dallas, and the producer of one of their 45s, Norm Miller produced Texas acts like the Southwest FOB and the Gasoline Powered Clock.
If anyone has any more info on the group, please drop me a line in the comments.
I hope you dig the tune, and I’ll see you all next week.