It began as an 18th century hymn! In 1969 it became a worldwide hit! It’s now a pop and gospel classic!
Oh Happy Day by the Edwin Hawkins Singers was released in April of 1969, certified RIAA gold on June 3, 1969 reaching #4 on the Billboard charts. Here you see it celebrated with an Authentic, First Presentation, Second-State RIAA White Matte (Second-State because the original backing paper and hanging have been removed).