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Bobby McFerrin: Don’t Worry, He’s Still Happy

Bobby McFerrin

Bobby McFerrin remembers the precise date and time when it dawned on him that he could sing. The light-bulb moment occurred, he says, sometime between 12 and 12:30 on the afternoon of Jan. 11, 1977.

“I knew early that I was a musician,” McFerrin says now about that split second that would transform his life. “I was very interested in music and played in bands all through high school. I thought I was a pianist, but not until I was 27 did I discover that I was a singer. I was living in Salt Lake City and working as an accompanist in the dance department at the University of Utah. I was walking home during a lunch break that day and all of a sudden I knew.”

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