That Happy Feeling (1962)
Bert Kaempfert And His Orchestra

  1. That Happy Feeling (Guy Warren)
  2. A Swingin’ Safari (Bert Kaempfert)
  3. Market Day (Bert Kaempfert)
  4. Take Me (Bert Kaempfert/Helmut Brüsewitz)
  5. Similau (Arden Clar/Harry Coleman)
  6. Zambesi (Anton de Waal/Bob Hilliard/Nico Carstens)
  7. Happy Trumpeter (Bert Kaempfert)
  8. Tootie Flutie (Bert Kaempfert)
  9. Wimoweh (Peter Kameron/Solomon Linda/Milt Gabler)
  10. Sunday In Madrid (Bert Kaempfert/Helmut Brüsewitz)
  11. Black Beauty (Bert Kaempfert/Cedric Dumont)
  12. Skokiaan (August Machona Msarargwa/Tom Glazer)

Trumpet solos by Charly Tabor

1 – 12 issued as Decca DL 4305 (mono) and Decca DL 74305 (stereo)
1 – 9 and 11 – 12 issued in Europe as A SWINGIN’ SAFARI, Polydor LPHM 46 384 (mono) and Polydor SLPHM 237 584 (stereo)
1 and 4 issued as single Decca 31388
7 and 8 issued as single Decca 31439
1, 3, 4, 7, 9 and 10 issued as EP Decca DL 7-34054

If there’s a better way to find “That Happy Feeling” than through the medium of music, it’s yet to be found. Here’s Bert Kaempfert and His Orchestra . . . with an orchestral sound and style that is characteristically ideal for either listening or dancing, and the greatest prescription for “That Happy Feeling” ever discovered.

That Happy Feeling is a key album in Bert Kaempfert’s American discography. It is among the bandleader’s best and best-known albums on this side of the Atlantic. Released, for the most part, as A Swingin’ Safari in Europe, That Happy Feeling is one of Kaempfert’s expert travelogues. On this trip, we jet to Africa, where the musical – if not necessarily the social or political – climes are, indeed, happy. Stopovers in some Latin American countries are on the schedule, too.

The record is beautifully programmed, with the majority of the disc given over to Bert Kaempfert’s ever-clever and catchy originals. But it is someone else’s tune that starts the party off: the joyous “That Happy Feeling,” a song that Kaempfert made very much his own. Originally known as “Eyi Wala Dong (My Thanks to God),” the song was written by the Ghanian percussionist Guy Warren, a.k.a. Kofi Ghanaba (1923-2008), who was also recording for Decca at the time – which makes it likely that producer Milt Gabler introduced the track to (and retitled it for) Bert Kaempfert.

“That Happy Feeling” eventually reached number 67 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was later reissued as an “oldie” single – backed with the later “Moon Over Naples” – in 1973 and 1978 (MCA 60095).

Kaempfert’s “A Swingin’ Safari” was written at the request of producers as a sequel to “Afrikaan Beat.” Kaempfert reluctantly agreed and came up with this wonderful classic. While Decca oddly opted not to put the song out as a single, it became one of Kaempfert’s best-known and most popular songs even so. That is likely due to Billy Vaughn’s hit cover version, which reached Number 13 in 1962 (Vaughn also covered this record’s “Sunday in Madrid”).

At the time, most Americans knew “A Swingin’ Safari” as the theme to the hugely popular NBC-TV game show The Match Game. Kaempfert’s version of the tune was used for the show’s 1962 pilot, while Billy Vaughn’s version of the tune was used for episodes through 1967. The show continued for many years thereafter, unfortunately, with different theme music.

Other notable Kaempfert originals here include “Market Day,” which trumpeter Bobby Hackett covered splendidly in 1963 as “Mexican Market Day” (also the title trumpeter Ray Anthony used for his 1967 cover of the song), the “Afrikaan Beat”-like “Tootie Flutie” and the surprisingly never-charted “Happy Trumpeter,” which Herb Alpert Tijuana-fied in 1966 as “Magic Trumpet.”

The other covers are an expert mix of the well-known (“Wimoweh,” a hit at the time for The Tokens as “The Lion Sleeps Tonight,” and the always-wonderful “Skokiaan”) and the faintly-familiar, such as the Afro-Cuban classic “Similau” (first waxed by Gene Krupa in 1949) and South African accordionist Nico Carstens’ “Zambesi” (also a 1955 hit for Lou Busch).

That Happy Feeling helped Bert Kaempfert garner particularly positive press – as much for the quality of the music as the potential for sales success. Billboard raved that the album was “beautifully done” while Cash Box said that Kaempfert “comes on strong with a session of swinging tunes…geared for his special brand of orchestration and arrangement.”

It also turned out to be Bert Kaempfert’s first full-length album to hit in America, reaching number 56 on the Billboard chart.