BILL ANDERSON PENNED “HAPPINESS” RE-RECORDED BY CELEBRITIES IN U.K. AS A TRIBUTE TO HEALTH SERVICE WORKERS
During this unprecedented time in history, when the feelings of joy and happiness may not be felt as often, National Health Service (NHS) workers in the United Kingdom are finding solace in a ‘Whisperin’ Bill Anderson hit song re-recorded by an all-star cast. The Country Music Hall of Fame and Songwriters Hall of Fame member wrote “Happiness” in 1964 and it became a smash for Sir Ken Dodd overseas. As the Daily Mirror recently reported, celebrities across the U.K. re-recorded “Happiness” as a tribute to all those in health service.
“It really pleases me to know that a song I created over 50-years ago can be repurposed and used to bring a little sunshine to these dark days we are all going through right now. God bless the NHS and workers on the front lines everywhere,” Anderson shared.
Though “Happiness” wasn’t Sir Ken’s highest charting single, it was a fan-favorite and became his signature hit, which he performed in his shows up until his passing in 2018.
Royle Family star Ricky Tomlinson is joined in the video by Glenda Jackson, Rick Astley, Jimmy Tarbuck, Shirley Ballas, Claire Sweeney, Les Dennis and Carol Decker. Additionally, the video features dozens of nurses and families from the Liverpool area where Sir Ken was from.
Check out this version of Happiness filmed in London in 2012.