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Entertainment Cher rewrites '40s classic 'Happiness Is a Thing Called Joe' as a Biden campaign song (listen)

04:02  27 october  2020
04:02  27 october  2020 Source:   celebrity.nine.com.au

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Cher introduced the song Sunday night in closing “I Will Vote,” an online benefit for the Biden /Kamala Harris campaign that also featured guests including Cher ’s version adds a single word to the title to make it “ Happiness Is Just a Thing Called Joe ”; whether that was inadvertent or done at the behest

How the 1940s standard " Happiness Is a Thing Called Joe " failed to be adapted into a Joe Biden campaign song until now is a mystery, but Cher introduced the song Sunday night in closing “I Will Vote,” an online benefit for the Biden /Kamala Harris campaign that also featured guests including

How the 1940s standard 'Happiness Is a Thing Called Joe' failed to be adapted into a Joe Biden campaign song until now is a mystery, but Cher recognised the obvious pairing of classic song and candidate and has recorded her rewrite of the tune, which was originally sung by Ethel Waters in the 1943 film Cabin in the Sky.

The song, with music by Harold Arlen and lyrics by E.Y. Harburg, was nominated for an Oscar after Waters sang it in the Black-themed Vincente Minnelli film. Many of the original lyrics would not do — Waters refers to "little Joe" in the film version, which sounds more like a nickname Donald Trump would apply to the candidate than something they'd want in a campaign anthem. So that reference gets changed to "president Joe" in Cher's version, among other alterations.

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Cher sings about Joe Biden in updated version of classic musical song . Joe Biden and Cher , the latter of whom has just released the musical endorsement ' Happiness is a Thing Called Joe ’.

The song , aptly titled “ Happiness Is a Thing Called Joe ,” was originally written by Harold Arlen and Yip Hapburn and sung by Ethel Waters in one of the earliest Hollywood musicals to feature an all-black cast. For her performance of “ Happiness Is a Thing Called Joe ,” Cher reworked the lyrics to fit the

a group of people standing in front of a building: Iconic singer Cher waves to fans after speaking near a polling station as she campaigns for Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden Monday, Oct. 26, 2020, in Phoenix. © AP Iconic singer Cher waves to fans after speaking near a polling station as she campaigns for Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden Monday, Oct. 26, 2020, in Phoenix.

Cher introduced the song Sunday night in closing "I Will Vote," an online benefit for the Biden/Kamala Harris campaign that also featured guests including John Legend and Pink. She officially released the song for streaming and download Monday morning.

Cher's version adds a single word to the title to make it 'Happiness Is Just a Thing Called Joe'; whether that was inadvertent or done at the behest of the writers' estates to distinguish it from the original is not clear. The first three lines are the same as what Waters sings to the Joe character in the '43 film — including "He's got a smile that makes the lilacs want to grow / He's got a way that makes the angels heave a sigh" — but diverge into more national interests from there.

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Cher performed a reworked version of “ Happiness Is a Thing Called Joe ” in support of Joe Biden at a virtual benefit concert, and found time to visit a Las “He’s got a way that makes the angels heave a sigh / When they know president Joe ’s passing by. “Right now our country’s gloomy, fear is in the air

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"Sometimes the cabin's gloomy and the table's bare" becomes "Right now our country's gloomy, fear is in the air." "Does he love me good? That's all I need to know" is turned into "Joe will keep us safe, that's all we need to know."


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a sign in front of a brick building: Iconic singer Cher speaks near a polling station as she campaigns for Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden Monday, Oct. 26, 2020, in Phoenix. © AP Iconic singer Cher speaks near a polling station as she campaigns for Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden Monday, Oct. 26, 2020, in Phoenix.

Biden's famous smile is good for the second reference in Cher's version, as opposed to just one in the original, as she begins a second refrain with: "Sometimes there seems no end to misery and despair / But when Joe smiles at us, compassion fills the air." As a coda, she repeats the phrase "President Joe" three times, with an extra bit of inspirational melisma on the final spin.

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Cher changed the lyrics of the song , which was originally composed by Harold Arlen for the 1943 film musical 'Cabin in the Sky.' Don’t you know The legendary entertainer is throwing her considerable clout behind Joe Biden ’s run for the presidency with the release of a new single, " Happiness Is a

Cher has sung a song for Joe Biden , closing Cher stole the show however with her concert-closer, for which she tweaked the lyrics of Harold Arlen and Yip Harburg’ s classic to give a shoutout to “President Joe ”. Cher - Happiness Is Just a Thing Called Joe (Live at the 2020 I Will Vote Concert).

Matt Serletic produced the track, which has famous session player Matt Rollings on piano.

Cher's rewrite is part of a great political campaign tradition, although there have been fewer instances in recent decades. In 1960, Sammy Cahn himself handled the rewrite on 'High Hopes,' as Frank Sinatra turned his then still fairly fresh hit into an anthem for JFK. "Everyone is voting for Jack / Cause he's got what all the rest lack / Everyone wants to back —Jack / Jack is on the right track," went the new lyrics.

a person wearing a mask: Iconic singer Cher speaks near a polling station as she campaigns for Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden Monday, Oct. 26, 2020, in Phoenix. © AP Iconic singer Cher speaks near a polling station as she campaigns for Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden Monday, Oct. 26, 2020, in Phoenix.

Similarly, Jerry Herman rewrote 'Hello Dolly' for Carol Channing to sing for Lyndon Johnson in 1964 as 'Hello Lyndon.' And Sam Moore of Sam & Dave turned 'Soul Man' into 'Dole Man' for Bob Dole. There are few other known instances, though, if any, in which the candidate's name was already existing and waiting in a known song.

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