Mr. Happy

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Mr. Happy

from the album Emancipation
Song details
Performer: SymbolSmallerBlue.png
First Released: 19 November 1996 - Emancipation album
Album(s): Emancipation
Writer(s): Prince (as SymbolSmallerBlue.png) and Scrap D. (uncredited)
Producer(s): Prince (as SymbolSmallerBlue.png)
Live Appearances
First and last live appearance:
Performed regularly on tour:
Performed occasionally in shows:

Mr. Happy is the eleventh track on the first disc of Prince’s 19th album Emancipation, the third album to be credited to SymbolSmallerBlue.png.

While exact recording dates are not known, it is likely that basic tracking took place in early 1996 (the track was filed for copyright registration with Style on 3 March 1996), at Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, Minnesota.

It contains a repeated sample of "bought a house next to Prince", taken from What Can I Do? by Ice Cube (written by Leon Ware, Arthur Ross, Ice Cube, Mychal-Kaye Simmons and Victor Nathan Taylor, from his 1993 album Lethal Injection). The studio version was premiered at a Paisley Park Studios party on 24 August 1996 (a.m.).

Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
Early 1996 (assumed) Paisley Park Studios,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
March 1996 (assumed) Paisley Park Studios,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Additional recordings with Scrap D.
Recording Personnel

Released Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Mr. Happy 4:46 Emancipation Studio

Additional Information

See also Trivia

  • Mr. Happy is a famous children’s book character in the Mr. Men series; this seems entirely unrelated to SymbolSmallerBlue.png’s song, however.

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