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Encyclopedia > Bobby McFerrin
Bobby McFerrin
Bobby McFerrin in concert (2007)
Bobby McFerrin in concert (2007)
Background information
Birth name Robert McFerrin, Jr.
Born March 11, 1950 (1950-03-11) (age 58)
Origin Flag of the United Kingdom Madeley
Genre(s) Jazz
Occupation(s) Singer
Instrument(s) Vocals
Associated acts Chick Corea
Herbie Hancock

Robert "Bobby" McFerrin Jr. (born Madeley[citation needed], United Kingdom, on March 11, 1950) is a jazz-influenced a cappella vocal performer and conductor. He is best known for his 1988 hit song "Don't Worry, Be Happy". is the 70th day of the year (71st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1950 (MCML) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom. ... For other places with the same name, see Madeley. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... For other uses, see Jazz (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Singer (disambiguation). ... A musical instrument is a device constructed or modified with the purpose of making music. ... In music a singer or vocalist is a type of musician who sings, i. ... Armando Anthony Chick Corea (born June 12, 1941) is a multiple Grammy Award winning American jazz pianist/keyboardist and composer. ... Herbert Jeffrey Hancock (born April 12, 1940) is an Academy Award and multiple Grammy Award-winning jazz pianist and composer from Chicago, Illinois, U.S. Hancock is one of jazz musics most important and influential pianists and composers. ... For other places with the same name, see Madeley. ... is the 70th day of the year (71st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1950 (MCML) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see Jazz (disambiguation). ... This article is about the vocal technique. ... Dont Worry, Be Happy is the title and famous principal lyric of a song by popular musician Bobby McFerrin, the first a cappella song to reach number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, holding that position for two weeks in September of 1988. ...

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Life

McFerrin was born in the United Kingdom but was raised in New York. New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ...


He is the son of the late operatic baritone Robert McFerrin, who was the first African American to be a regular with New York's Metropolitan Opera. The elder McFerrin also provided the vocals for Sidney Poitier in the motion picture version of Porgy and Bess. For other uses, see Baritone (disambiguation). ... Robert McFerrin Sr. ...


Vocal technique

McFerrin is known for his unorthodox singing techniques. Using his unusually large vocal range of four octaves, in many performances he switches rapidly fluidly between normal and falsetto registers to create polyphonic effects, effectively performing both the main melody and the accompanying parts of songs. He makes use of vocal percussion created both with his mouth and by tapping on his chest. McFerrin is also capable of throat singing — a practice common in central Asian countries such as Tuva and Tibet — in which the singer excites the natural overtones from the fundamental vocal pitch, producing a two-or three-part chord of notes from one voice. Human voices may be classified according to their vocal range — the highest and lowest pitches that they can produce. ... For other uses, see Octave (disambiguation). ... Falsetto (Italian diminutive of falso, false) is a singing technique that produces sounds that are pitched higher than the singers normal range, in the treble range. ... In music, the word texture is often used in a rather vague way in reference to the overall sound of a piece of music. ... Look up melody in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Vocal percussion is the art of creating sounds with ones mouth that approximate, imitate, or otherwise serve the same purpose as a percussion instrument, whether in a group of singers, an instrumental ensemble, or solo. ... Throat singing, also known in the western world as overtone singing, harmonic singing, or harmonic chant; and many other regional names, is a type of singing that manipulates the harmonic resonances (or formants) created as air travels through the human vocal folds and out the lips. ... Tyva Republic IPA: (Russian: IPA: ; Tuvan: ), or Tuva (), is a federal subject of Russia (a republic). ... This article is about historical/cultural Tibet. ...


A notable document of McFerrin's approach to singing is his 1984 album The Voice, the first solo vocal jazz album recorded with no accompaniment or overdubbing.[1] The Voice is an album by Bobby McFerrin. ...


Career

McFerrin's song "Don't Worry, Be Happy" was a #1 U.S. pop hit in 1988 and won Song of the Year and Record of the Year honors. McFerrin has also worked in collaboration with instrumental performers including pianists Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Joe Zawinul, and cellist Yo-Yo Ma. Dont Worry, Be Happy is the title and famous principal lyric of a song by popular musician Bobby McFerrin, the first a cappella song to reach number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, holding that position for two weeks in September of 1988. ... Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ... The Song of the Year is one of the two most prestigious awards in the Grammies, if not in all of the American music industry. ... For the UK music award, see The Record of the Year. ... Armando Anthony Chick Corea (born June 12, 1941) is a multiple Grammy Award winning American jazz pianist/keyboardist and composer. ... Herbert Jeffrey Hancock (born April 12, 1940) is an Academy Award and multiple Grammy Award-winning jazz pianist and composer from Chicago, Illinois, U.S. Hancock is one of jazz musics most important and influential pianists and composers. ... Josef Erich Zawinul (July 7, 1932 – September 11, 2007) was a jazz keyboardist and composer. ... This is a Chinese name; the family name is Ma Yo-Yo Ma (traditional Chinese: ; simplified Chinese: ; pinyin: ) (b. ...


In 1987, he sang the theme tune to The Cosby Show and soon after also provided the music for a Cadburys chocolate commercial. Year 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays 1987 Gregorian calendar). ... The Cosby Show is an American television sitcom starring Bill Cosby, first broadcast on September 20, 1984 and ran for eight seasons on the NBC television network, until April 30, 1992. ... Cadbury Schweppes plc (Cadbury Trebor Bassett) is a chocolate and beverage company with its headquarters in London, UK. Jacob Schweppe developed a method to make mineral water in Geneva, Switzerland in 1783. ...


In 1989, he composed and performed the music for the Pixar short film Knick Knack. The rough cut to which McFerrin recorded his vocals had the words "blah blah blah" in place of the end credits (meant to indicate that he should improvise). McFerrin spontaneously decided to sing "blah blah blah" as lyrics, and the final version of the short film includes these lyrics during the end credits. Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ... Pixar Animation Studios is an American computer animation studio based in Emeryville, California, United States, and is notable for its eight Academy Awards. ... Knick Knack is a computer animated Pixar short film released in 1989. ... Improvisation is the act of making something up as you go along. ...


In 1993, he also sang Henry Mancini's Pink Panther theme tune for the movie Son of the Pink Panther. Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... Henry Mancini (April 16, 1924 – June 14, 1994), was an Academy Award winning American composer, conductor and arranger. ... Son of the Pink Panther (1993) was the ninth entry in the 30-year-old Pink Panther film series. ...


In addition to his vocal performing career, Mr. McFerrin was appointed in 1994 as creative chair of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. He makes regular tours as a guest conductor for symphony orchestras throughout the United States and Canada, including the San Francisco Symphony (on his fortieth birthday), the New York Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the London Philharmonic and many others. In his concert appearances, he combines serious conducting of classical pieces with his own unique vocal improvisations, often with participation from the audience and the orchestra. For example, his concerts often end with McFerrin conducting the orchestra in an a capella rendition of the "William Tell Overture," in which the orchestra members sing their musical parts in McFerrin's vocal style, instead of playing their parts on their instruments. Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) The year 1994 was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by the United Nations. ... The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra (SPCO), based in St. ... The San Francisco Symphony (SFS) is a leading orchestra based in San Francisco, California. ... The New York Philharmonic is the oldest active symphony orchestra in the United States, organized during 1842. ... The Chicago Symphony Orchestra, based in Chicago, Illinois, is one of the leading orchestras in the world. ... The Cleveland Orchestra is one of the major symphony orchestras in the United States. ... The Philadelphia Orchestra, based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is one of the Big Five symphony orchestras in the United States and usually considered among the finest in the world. ... The Los Angeles Philharmonic (LAP) is an American orchestra based in Los Angeles, California, United States. ... The London Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO), based in London, is one of the major orchestras of the United Kingdom. ...


McFerrin also participates in various music education programs, and makes volunteer appearances as a guest music teacher and lecturer at public schools throughout the U.S. McFerrin has a son, Taylor, and father and son have collaborated on various musical ventures. Taylor has recently been singing, rapping, and playing minimal keyboard accompaniment with Vernon Reid (leader-guitarist of Living Colour) in the eclectic metal-fusion-funk-etc. group Yohimbe Brothers.


Discography

Solo

  • Bobby McFerrin (1982)
  • The Voice (1984)
  • Spontaneous Inventions (1985)
  • Elephant's Child (1987)
  • Simple Pleasures (1988) ("Don't Worry, Be Happy" - #1 hit single taken from the album)
  • Don't Worry, Be Happy (1988)
  • How the Rhino Got His Skin/How the Camel Got His Hump (1990)
  • Medicine Music (1990) (features the song "Baby", which had a music video that used to be occasionally played on the Disney Channel)
  • Many Faces of Bird (1991)
  • Sorrow Is Not Forever (1994)
  • Paper Music (1995)
  • Bang! Zoom (1997)
  • Circlesongs (1997)
  • Mouth Music (2001)
  • Beyond Words (2003) - featuring Chick Corea, Cyro Baptista and Richard Bona

The Voice is an album by Bobby McFerrin. ... Dont Worry, Be Happy is the title and famous principal lyric of a song by popular musician Bobby McFerrin, the first a cappella song to reach number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, holding that position for two weeks in September of 1988. ... For the Disney Channel in other countries, see Disney Channel around the world. ... Cyro Baptista (born December 23, 1950) is a Brazilian musician, teacher, and recording artist specializing in percussion in the genres of jazz and world music. ... Richard Bona Richard Bona is a jazz musicican and bassist, was born in 1967 in Minta, in Cameroun, into a family of musicians. ...

Collaborations

  • The Just So Stories, with Jack Nicholson, 1987
  • Play, with Chick Corea, 1990
  • Hush, with Yo-Yo Ma, 1991
  • The Mozart Sessions, with Chick Corea, 1996

John Joseph Nicholson (born April 22, 1937), known as Jack Nicholson, is a three time Academy Award-winning American actor internationally renowned for his often dark-themed portrayals of neurotic characters. ... Play is an album by Bobby McFerrin and Chick Corea. ...

Guest Appearances

Reggie Workman, Pharoah Sanders, and Idris Muhammad, c. ... Grover Washington, Jr. ... Charles Lloyd with Reuben Rogers and Eric Harland, Santa Barbara, 2006 Charles Lloyd on stage with Billy Higgins Charles Lloyd (March 15, 1938-) is an American jazz musician. ... Chico Freeman is a tenor saxophonist born on July 17, 1949, in Chicago, Illinois. ... Michael Hedges 1953-1997 Michael Hedges (December 31, 1953 – December 2, 1997) was an American acoustic guitarist born in Enid, Oklahoma. ... The Manhattan Transfer is an American vocal group that was established in New York City in 1972. ... Josef Erich Zawinul (July 7, 1932 – September 11, 2007) was a jazz keyboardist and composer. ... For the song Weather Report by The American Analog Set, see The Golden Band. ... Sportin Life is the fourteenth album by Weather Report, released in 1985. ... Alwyn Lopez Al Jarreau (born March 12, 1940) is an American singer. ... This article is about the producer and songwriter. ... Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Laurie Anderson (born Laura Phillips Anderson, on June 5, 1947, in Glen Ellyn, Illinois) is an American experimental performance artist and musician. ... Strange Angels is the title of singer Laurie Andersons fifth album, released by Warner Brothers in 1989. ... Gal Costa (born Maria da Graça Costa Penna Burgos September 26, 1945) in Salvador, Brazil, is a popular singer in Brazil. ... For the Australian cricketer nicknamed Dizzy, see Jason Gillespie. ... Jack DeJohnette (b. ... The Yellowjackets are an American jazz fusion quartet. ... For other uses, see George Martin (disambiguation). ... In My Life is a 1998 album compiled and produced by Sir George Martin. ... This article is about the American actor and comedian; for other people named Robin Williams, see Robin Williams (disambiguation). ... This article is about the American quartet. ... Masterpiece Theatre is a long-running anthology television series produced by WGBH which premiered on PBS on January 10, 1971. ... Béla Fleck and the Flecktones is a primarily instrumental group that draws equally on bluegrass, fusion and jazz band, sometimes dubbed blue_bop. ... Little Worlds was the tenth album released by Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, released in 2003. ... Armando Anthony Chick Corea (born June 12, 1941) is a multiple Grammy Award winning American jazz pianist/keyboardist and composer. ... Wynton Learson Marsalis (b. ... The magic hour is another name for twilight. ... Family Guy is an Emmy Award-winning American animated television series about a dysfunctional family in the fictional town of Quahog, Rhode Island. ...

Grammys

  • 1985, Best Jazz Vocal Performance, male, "Another Night In Tunisia" with Jon Hendricks
  • 1985, Best Vocal Arrangement for two or more voices, "Another Night In Tunisia" with Cheryl Bentyne
  • 1986, Best Jazz Vocal Performance, male, "Round Midnight"
  • 1987, Best Jazz Vocal Performance, male, "What Is This Thing Called Love"
  • 1987, Best Recording for Children, "The Elephant's Child" with Jack Nicholson
  • 1988, Song of the year, Best Pop Vocal Performance, male, Record of the year, "Don't Worry, Be Happy"
  • 1988, Best Jazz Vocal Performance, male, "Brothers"
  • 1992, Best Jazz Vocal Performance, "Round Midnight"

Jon Hendricks (born September 16, 1921 in Newark, Ohio) is a jazz lyricist and singer. ... The members of the Manhattan Transfer as they appear on their 2004 album, Vibrate. ... John Joseph Nicholson (born April 22, 1937), known as Jack Nicholson, is a three time Academy Award-winning American actor internationally renowned for his often dark-themed portrayals of neurotic characters. ... Dont Worry, Be Happy is the title and famous principal lyric of a song by popular musician Bobby McFerrin, the first a cappella song to reach number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, holding that position for two weeks in September of 1988. ...

External links

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Bobby McFerrin - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (394 words)
Bobby McFerrin (born New York City, March 11, 1950) is a jazz-influenced a cappella vocal performer and conductor.
McFerrin was appointed in 1994 as creative chair of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.
McFerrin is the subject of a persistent yet wholly unfounded rumour that he has committed suicide.
MSN Encarta - Bobby McFerrin (486 words)
Bobby McFerrin (1950-), American vocalist and conductor, known for his flexible voice and his improvised solo performances, which combine elements of classical, jazz, rock, and popular music (see Rock Music; Music, Western).
At the age of six, McFerrin began to play the piano, and he later studied the instrument at the preparatory division of the Juilliard School of Music and at Sacramento State College.
McFerrin's 1992 album Hush, a collection of duets with American cellist Yo-Yo Ma, achieved widespread critical and popular acclaim from both the classical and jazz music communities.
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