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Bobby McFerrin

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Bobby McFerrin Inspired By His Father’s 1955 Recording On New Album Of Spirituals

July 29, 2013 - Supple-voiced, body-tapping, usually acappella singer Bobby McFerrin has a band with him today to play the music of his new album Spirityouall. The creator of the ubiquitous 1988 hit “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” was inspired to make the album by his father Robert McFerrin’s similar album of spirituals called Deep River.

Robert McFerrin, an operatic classical singer, made the album in 1955 for the jazz label Riverside. The elder McFerrin was the first African American to sing with The Metropolitan Opera. Bobby has his daughter Madison singing with him today to add another generation’s voice to the mix.

This session originally aired on July 3, 2013.

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Recent Release: Spirityouall
Release Date: May 14, 2013
Label: Sony Masterworks

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